This will be a quick and happy tale.

I was at work in New Jersey. An email went out over the listservs that Eric Miller had found a Golden-winged Warbler at Crocheron Park in Queens. I got out of a work a bit early and drove to Crocheron Park. After about a forty-minute vigil the bird showed. Whoo-hoo!

These after-work, good wood-warblers in Queens could get habit-forming.

This Golden-winged Warbler was interesting both because of their rarity in Queens (only the second I have ever seen in the borough) and because it only sang its alternate song. It put on a show for the gathered birders in a big oak tree, never coming very low but none of us were complaining. After all, Golden-winged Warbler!

Wait, where did it go?

Oh, there it is!

eating a caterpillar

What a bird!

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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.