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!
hey – hey. Cracking bird guys…See if you can get it to hang around for a week until I get there eh?
grumble.. grumble. I was supposed to be there… grumble, stupid opening day of softball for my daughter… grumble… grumble…
@Charlie: We’ll do what we can…
@Will: It really was quite a day…but the birds will be there when you finally do make it down (granted, I doubt we’ll get looks at a Prothonotary like that again).
Kicking myself for getting sick today and missing these wonderful sightings, but, I’m very grateful for the reports (here and elsewhere) and the photographs.
I’ve yet to see a Prothontary or Cape May in my many years of birding in Central Park and this week, I’ve missed both.
Please tell me it isn’t too late and I still stand a chance of getting these two sights this Spring 🙂
Well, that just adds insult to the injury that I didn’t make it to Jamaica Bay or Alley Pond Park today because the Inimitable Todd’s bike got a flat.
Sweet bird, congratulations! Maybe it’ll hang in there until Monday…
Nice day for sure! Maybe I should have taken the train in…
Carrie, we were calling you but I guess we weren’t loud enough!
I SO miss Prothonotaries here in Germany…
I saw my first Prothonotary last summer. Such amazing color. Unforgettable!
And I’m back to mention how funny it is that I got my Prothonotary just 364 days after I made that comment!
Carrie, me too! I finally saw my first Prothonotary last week, one year after commenting that I had never seen one. It was exciting and made even more enjoyable by sharing the experience with many Rambler birding regulars who were as happy for me as I was for myself.
I don’t want to get greedy, but, I’m hoping to spot my first Cape May this season (I should publish my phone number LOL).