Those who read this blog regularly might recall how this past December I was fortunate enough to have a close encounter with an overly confiding Ovenbird and at the end of April I was lucky enough to see an American Woodcock. Both of these encounters took place in Manhattan’s Bryant Park, a couple of blocks from Times Square. Neither encounter, however, prepared me for the warbler bonanza of the last couple of days. Migrating wood-warblers, eager to refuel for their long journey south and acclimated to people by the non-stop foot traffic through the park, have made Bryant Park a marvelous place for a birder with a camera, a 100mm macro lens, and an hour or so to spend enjoying close encounters with some great birds.
Each and every picture here is of a wild bird, free to go about its business. I hope you like looking at these shots as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Black-throated Blue Warbler Dendroica caerulescens
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia
Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens
Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla