Date: 5/13/18 1:37 pm From: Tristan Lowery <tristanlowery...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> Subject: [HMBirds] City of Albany - 5/12 & 5/13
I had good luck with through-migrant warblers at two sites in the City of Albany this weekend, first at Normanskill Farm on Saturday, and again on the Hudson-Helderberg Rail Trail this morning (this segment of the trail does start in the Town of Bethlehem but all the good birds were on the Albanian side of the creek).
I tallied 11 species of wood-warblers at Normanskill Farm, including *Black-and-white Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler*, and* Yellow-rumped Warbler*. Non-parulid through-migrants included a *White-crowned Sparrow* and a handful of *Swainson's Thrushes*. More prosaic was my first-of-year *Red-eyed Vireo*, a sighting that seemed several days overdue by now.
My morning at the Hudson-Helderberg Rail Trail (from Rockefeller Road to South Pearl Street) was even more productive with 14 species of wood-warblers, including *Ovenbird, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, *and *Wilson's Warble*r. The real highlight, however, was a singing *Lincoln's Sparrow*, a bird I anticipate finding without fail each autumn, but which I'd never seen on northbound migration before today. Other first-of-year birds for me this morning were *Eastern Wood-pewee*, *Yellow-throated Vireo*, and* Indigo Bunting*.'