Yesterday found me in the city running errands and I dropped into Bryant Park because why not and I just so happened (ahem) to have my bins with me.
I happened upon another birder, Maha Katnani, and together we birdied the park. The highlights included: a couple of Catharus’; one was a slam dunk Hermit Thrush. My first impression in the field of the other Catharus was of a VEERY. However, I talked myself out of the ID and considered other possibilities. After reviewing the photos Maha took and soliciting input from others, I am satisfied with my initial assessment. Peter Pyle, who is always clutch has aged it as a 1st year bird. The Other Bryant Park notables were a female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and Maha re-found the continuing American Woodcock. Today, I decide to get in on the Brooklyn Gull frolic at Brooklyn Bridge Park that Doug Gochfled so eloquently described and I was not disappointed. After getting a quick but long enough views for digiscoped photos of the continuing PAINTED BUNTING, I turned my attention to Gull vigil, spending most of my time near the pilings just west of Pier 1. It was slow in the beginning. Luckily, I was entertained for a while by an adult BONAPARTE’s GULL. Shortly after, I picked up the adult BLACK-HEADED GULL. Later, as I spoke with others about possibly also seeing Doug’s ICELAND GULL, I picked one out - a juvenile in the back of the Gull flock in the fading light. It was a lot of fun and I wished I had more time for the Ring-billed Gulls but that is play for another day. Cheers, -------- "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick Douglass 風 Swift as the wind 林 Quiet as the forest 火 Conquer like the fire 山 Steady as the mountain Sun Tzu The Art of War > (\__/) > (= '.'=) > (") _ (") > Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device! Andrew Baksh www.birdingdude.blogspot.com -- 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://email@example.com/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/ --