Spring is in the air in NYC and the birding community is atwitter — keeping up to date on recent migration arrivals in Central Park via Twitter, that is!
Text and Photographs by Boysenberry45
The most photographed bird these past few weeks has unquestionably been a Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea), named for the bright yellow robes worn by papal clerks, known as prothonotaries, in the Roman Catholic Church. A male of this species delighted birders for about a week in the north woods of Central Park, belting out its beautiful song and bopping around like a flying lemon, often perching quite close to its adoring fans.
On Earth Day, April 22, 2022, the first clutch of Canada Geese hatchlings was welcomed at the Harlem Meer. These adorable, down-covered fuzz balls can leave the nest when 1-2 days old, depending on weather, and can walk, swim, feed, and even dive, but remain under the protective, watchful eyes of both parents, so humans should keep a respectful distance.