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Moms and Birds

Science and learning specialist Gabriel Willow is an urban ecologist and tour guide for NYC Audubon, and leads regular Sunday morning bird walks at Wave Hill. He shares here the walk he led on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013.

It was a lovely morning at Wave Hill for a Mother’s Day walk. 26 visitors participated, including a dozen who had never been to Wave Hill before. They’d heard about the walk from New York Magazine, NYC Audubon and a birding blog.It was a gorgeous, warm, sunny day with a light breeze, perfect for birding. Highlights were two very cooperative pairs of Baltimore Orioles, hopping about in cherry trees at eye-level, two male Orchard Orioles and about 10 species of warbler—many heard singing, but not all seen. Among them:

  • Northern Parula
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Common Yellowthroat

Other highlights included a Scarlet Tanager, a Turkey Vulture, Peregrine Falcon and Merlin flyovers, Warbling and Blue-headed Vireos, and a Robin feeding her nestlings, perfect for Mother’s Day. Fish Crows were spied with twigs in their beaks: Thinking of nesting nearby, we wondered, or just playing?

Happy belated Mother’s Day!

Wave Hill’s thanks to photographer Joshua Bright for this plein-air portrait of Gabriel, from a previous springtime bird walk.

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