The other day when I woke up it was to the jumbled song of a Canada Warbler. At first I thought that it was a weird dream, the product of too much birding and not enough sleep during the month of May’s migration but then I looked out my window and wow! In rapid succession I not only spotted the Canada Warbler but also an American Redstart, a Magnolia Warbler, and, best of all, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher!

Several rather large trees grow behind my apartment building and reach the height of the fourth floor, making my third floor apartment windows, which are just over five feet tall, perfect for looking into the canopy. I never thought I would get to look at warblers from my window though, much less a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, seeing as the birds have Forest Park to forage in only three blocks away from my building.

Anyway, I raced for the camera (I didn’t need bins as the birds were that close) and snapped some shots through the screen, which, as is to be expected, came out kind of lousy:

Magnolia Warbler from my window

Magnolia Warbler from my window

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher from my window

not very yellow-bellied Yellow-bellied Flycatcher outside my window

In the days since that morning I have added Wood Thrush to my yard list, as one was foraging in the backyard of the house behind my apartment, and have been joined in my window birdwatching habit:

Hunter eyes a Northern Mockingbird

Hunter eying a Northern Mockingbird

Hunter, one of the two indoor cats that deign to share the apartment with Daisy and me, spends hours in the window, mostly watching European Starlings and House Sparrows but sometimes getting a treat like an angry mockingbird. He knows bird song well, as I tend to play compact discs of singing birds, but he much prefers the real thing. And now that I have brought up Hunter I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t share his debut on I Can Has Cheezburger, one of my favorite places to visit on the web when I have some time to kill. Feel free to visit him on the site by clicking through his pic and vote him up so he might make the front page.

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.