Date: 4/9/18 4:53 pm From: Alan Drogin <drogin...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Bryant Park - American Woodcock
It’s a thing now. Like a wanted sign, a placard in the park promotes with photos finding two early Spring suspects - a Robin and a Woodcock. Even the security guard in the sentinel booth in the southwest corner will kindly provide you with his last sightings. I haven’t had much luck in the last few weeks - but I finally spotted a Woodcock this evening in the usual spot, the northwest corner, busily poking the ground for earthworms. Unfortunately, the bee hives were temporarily removed for refurbishing so it may be just a matter of time before they’re returned and that corner disturbed again.
The Song Sparrow population has slowly increased, and with the main lawn sodded and cordoned, one can watch them sweep across the area. I counted at least a dozen. Also, 3-4 Swamp Sparrows, 2 Juncos, 1 American Robin, 1 European Starling, and 1 Hermit Thrush (in the garden house in the southeast corner). Meanwhile, the White-throated Sparrow population is declining to just a half dozen. No warblers yet.