Ah, the first day of September. The air was crisp, clean and cool after overnight northerly winds,

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and the trees in Forest Park were alive with migrant wood-warblers that had been a couple of hundred miles north a mere twelve hours earlier. As I strolled through the park the high-pitched twitterings of a big flock of Chimney Swifts momentarily drew my eyes up to the clear blue sky but mostly I watched the canopy and the midstory for the frantic movement that meant foraging warblers. And did I ever see foraging warblers! Fourteen species in two hours, including my first-ever-in-Queens Golden-winged Warbler, a gorgeous male foraging about six feet up in a sapling in full sunlight. The other birds on the highlight list included a drab female Hooded Warbler that I only managed to see (and identify) because of the flashing white outer tail feathers and a Worm-eating Warbler digging through the curled up leaves on a downed tree. I won’t even go into the hordes of American Redstarts, Black-and-white Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warblers, and Common Yellowthroats, or the Canada Warblers, Magnolia Warblers, Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Parulas, Blue-winged Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, and, well, you get the picture: it was a great morning!

And though I was limping (the wound is a bit infected and I’m going to the doctor again today) I managed to cover quite a bit of ground and get a bunch of lousy pictures of the birds that I saw. So, as per the standard for my Diabolical ID Quizzes, please name the species you see in the pictures below in the comments. I am afraid that this one is not as diabolical as usual, but I have misjudged these things before (you might think that finding the bird is the hardest part). And, no, I will not provide larger versions of the pictures: that would make things entirely too easy!

Good luck! You’re going to need it!

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 and Desmond Shearwater. 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.