Back in the park today! Feels like home to me now. I got a fairly early start, for me. Left the house at 10. Took the subway up to 86th to hit the SW corner of the reservoir, where apparently things were hopping yesterday! On my way over there I heard a lot of interesting birds and did stop at this one big tree, where I saw a flycatcher or gnatcatcher of some sort. I was looking for him again (grey, crest, I think there was a wingbar) when non-binoc-birder guy came over and we chatted for a few minutes. It's still weird to be one of the young ones in birding. He was younger than me (he looked maybe 30) but the demographics of this hobby have clumped us into the same group. It's fun! Anyway, to the reservoir!
It was quieter than I was hoping for, although I did see a Canada warbler and a magnolia at the bridge, and a couple others I couldn't identify. Actually I couldn't identify the Canada, but some other guys there did. I saw a Wilson's there also, my best look at a Wilson's yet! They were not so interested in that, though. They were all ~so~ high up in the trees, I decided the pain wasn't worth it. I tried to take pictures, but only ended up with a couple of shots of some thrush, I guess probably a wood thrush. I saw lots of thrushes high up in trees hopping around and hanging out, which I have not seen before, I've only seen them on the ground or briefly in a tree fairly low. So I guess these are some sort of wood thrush, but I have no idea how to tell them apart. I'm not even trying, leaving that for next year!
On to turtle pond. On the way there I heard some more little lovelies and saw a female yellow-rump, I love them! This time I did ~not~ get lost going to the turtle pond. But only because I checked my phone's google maps quite often. I get really turned around in that section still! But, made it to the turtle pond. Where I saw these 7 goslings! So cute. Shame I couldn't get a decent picture.
Saw a couple of unidentified warbler type birds there. They are so fast, it's maddening! At the castle I saw a pair of yellow-rumps and a magnolia. None wanted pictures today. Maybe tomorrow. it's funny how they somehow sense when the camera is turned on! Went around the circle above that garden (Shakespeare garden?) and then headed to the restrooms.
On the mulch path I saw a few "regulars" - black and white, common yellow throat. And a mystery warbler! yellow underneath, slate/blue on top. Throat yellow. That's all I know. I saw him a few times, chased him, gathered others to chase him with me. We found others - black-throated blue, in the beautiful sunshine! Magnolia showing off for us! But we never got a really good look at this guy. One of the birders said she thought she saw some streaking (I saw no streaking) and maybe it was a Cape May. I think she was extremely optimistic. But, we also were following several birds, so we could well have been looking at different birds entirely.
From there, I went to check out the red-belly nest. It was active again today, and I really though I heard chicks! Not every time the parents went in, though. So, maybe I'm being extremely optimistic myself. :-)
While I was there, a beautiful Baltimore oriole came by briefly, really just trying to distract me. As did a male northern cardinal. And, as usual, another mystery warbler! I don't even remember what this one looked like. There was also a female redstart filtting about, showing me her tail and then scooting out of camera range.
To the oven! I wanted to find that green heron someone accidentally found there Saturday. I saw a mystery fly-catcher in the tree before the ravine, and saw a couple of semi-interesting things. No green heron. Ran into Stephen Chang, said hello, chatted, and he was on his way. A few minutes later he came running over to collect me, saying there was a hatch-out and the mourning warbler was there and I should go see it. Um, okay! I followed him over.
On the way out I saw a robin's nest with the robins feeding their chicks! I couldn't get a good shot of the chicks though, the nest was too high up. And on the main path someone was watching a different nest, also with chicks. So cute!
There was a mama duck with one duckling there. I hope the other one is still around somewhere, may it was with papa duck who was a little further back and hard to see.
OK, really done now, exhausted and happy. :-)