Summer Tanager, Rufous Hummingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Orange-crowned Warbler!!!

All in a good day’s birding! James Orrico and I left Fairfield around 11, bound for a day of Boroughs birding! Our first stop was Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island, where a hatching-year Summer Tanager had been seen. Because the directions other birders gave were very faint it took us more than 30 minutes to find the bird. Once we found it gave pretty good looks before taking off and landing in cover nearby, being relocated on the bridge just above us. It was beautiful even though it wasn’t red. Also, a good crowd came out for it. We ran into 3 birders-all of us enjoying the bird at the same time! Here are some decent pics of the tanager:

At its usual hole-catching bees

Notice the stubby “crest”

On our way out I found us in an area I reconized. I quickly told James to turn and just as I thought we were at the home of Howie Fischer, and the Rufous Hummingbird that had been there since my b-day on 10/10. This would be a lifer for James and we got it just after a few minutes of waiting, the same thing that happened to me the first time I went. After 10 minutes with the hummer we left Staten Island.

Rufous Hummingbird

On the way to our next bird we saw many, many roosting Brant. Interesting-haven’t seen one in CT in a few weeks……….?

When we arrived on Cohancy St. in Queens it was clear the Ash-throated Flycatcher had picked a low-rent hotel. We walked into the vacant lot. Shoes on the powerlines, garbage, and graffiti adorned. I spied some berries and the sign for the “A” Train and knew this was it, unfortunately. After waiting no more than five minutes, the bird flew in and gave fantastic looks, perching (and it seemed like it) doing a bit of flycatching. It was beautiful. After 5 minutes it flew off into the brushy areas. Here are a few photos:

perched

looking back

On the way back to our car, a bird flew into some shrubbery, chipped, indicating a warbler. And, it was the reported Orange-crowned, also a lifer for James. It gave decent looks but was obstructed by a fence so all I mustered was a silhouette photo, not worth posting in my opinion.

A great day of birding! We went 4 for 4, with 2 lifers for me and four for James. What a day!

-AB

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