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

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.