Corey and I visited Central Park this morning for some early spring birding. At this point in the season, a good day might be 8 species of warbler, rather than 20. We topped 8 just barely, but made up in quality what we lacked in quantity. The undisputed star of the show was a bird more yellow than a Yellow Warbler, more golden than a Golden-cheeked Warbler. The plumage of this warbler is so supernally luminous that conjures to mind the mantellettas of certain high-ranking Roman Catholic prelates. That’s right, I’m talking about the Prothonotary Warbler, a rare sighting in NYC:
This confiding charmer must have liked me as much as I liked him because we ran into each other not once, but twice throughout the morning. Other highlights of a most pleasant morning included Blackburnian Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, 7 sparrow species, copulating Snapping Turtles, and a family of adorable Eastern Screech Owls, all in Central Park!