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Pelham Bay Park

Bronx, NYC

semi-overcast 64 °F


Today, I headed over to Pelham Bay Park for birding and herping since today and tomorrow will be the last couple warm days of the year here in NYC.

I was hoping to see marine birds off the shore of Pelham, and maybe possibly luck out with some herps since it warmed into the 60’s today. I started out with a SONG SPARROW on the path ahead of me:

As well as a soaring RED-TAILED HAWK:

Of which I later got a very close perched view:

A NORTHERN HARRIER also soared over the landfill I was standing nearby.

A few GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS twittered in the nearby trees, not affording great looks, but it is always nice to see these nevertheless:

Then, I headed to the shoreline and started scanning the water.

Almost immediately, I found my yearbird RED-THROATED LOON! Awesome!

A pair of MALLARDS flew over:

And on the walk back through the more forested section of the park, I did manage to find a single herp: this teeny-tiny Eastern Red-backed Salamander, my first Bronx County herp!

The sun was setting quickly so I headed back to the 6 train and back to school. It was great to finally get out once again. Bird-of-the-day to the Red-throated Loons with runner-up to the Northern Harrier.

Good birding,
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Posted by skwclar 04:24 Archived in USA

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