My yard in Hauppauge, within earshot (literally) of the Long Island Expressway, doesn't exactly overflow with neotropical migrants in the spring. However, the budding oak trees in the neighborhood do regularly attract such common species as Northern Parula, Myrtle, and the occasional Black-throated Green Warbler. This evening has been typical with one or two Parulas singing along with a Myrtle.
Around 7:15, while finishing some yard work, I decided to put the glass on the singing Parula one last time before I went inside. I found it quickly and then saw movement in the same tree of an obviously larger warbler. It turned out, bizarrely, to be a Yellow-throated Warbler. I spent 20 minutes with it and was able to get all the obvious field marks of this species: brilliant yellow throat, heavy black sideburns, white spot behind the sideburns, white eyeline, white wingbars, blue-gray uppers, and large/long bill. Other than the mall, I can't think of a more unlikely place to see this species on Long Island. It pays to take one last look before you go inside!!! Cheers, Glenn -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --