For the past several months, I’ve been reading an excellent weblog called 10000 Birds. Postings are made on a daily basis during the week, thoughts are eloquently expressed, and bird sightings around the New York City area are highly informational. So before we left for New York, I contacted the author, Mike Bergin, to see if we could arrange a meeting. He was quite generous with his time by suggesting we meet at Inwood Hill Park for some birding. He mentioned seeing a lot of warblers there in May and thought it might be fruitful trip for us NYC newbies. On Sunday afternoon, Carol and I took the 1 train to 215th Street, where Mike picked us up in his car and drove us the short distance to the park.
At first glance, it’s not obvious what the park has in store. We saw families picnicking, kids playing, people just generally enjoying the day out. But once we started into the wooded trails, the possibilities became apparent. As the paths ascended, the canopies of the trees that were once above quickly became below viewing level and birds were easier to see without getting too much warbler neck. Unfortunately, we were about a week late for the warblers as they moved on during their Spring migration. However, there were still plenty of birds to see, and we were able to add some new ones to our list such as the Great Crested Flycatcher, the Baltimore Oriole, the Red-bellied Woodpecker, the Blue Jay, the Eastern Towhee, the Tufted Titmouse, the Common Grackle, and the Chimney Swift. Thanks to Mike’s guidance and hospitality, we had a successful afternoon birding.
To be continued…
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