Split Rock-Mother’s Day Walk

May 7, 2011   8:30 AM

Pelham Bay Park

“Oh my how you’ve grown.” Our Owlets are progressing. There are two in the nest but one stays low. From left to right: April 24, April 29 and May 6.

    We saw almost everything I hoped for, we saw the owlets, found migrating birds, had lots of exercise and climbed on Split Rock. We assembled on Hunter Island and immediately Lou spotted two Rose-breasted Grosbeak. There were also Osprey flying low over the Orchard Beach Parking Lot. On the way over to see the owlets, we found some absolutely stunning Baltimore Orioles. Bright  and beautiful Yellow Warblers were everywhere! Vireos, Goldfinches, Nuthatches and lots of Catbirds were also seen on the way over.

Then we hiked back to our cars and drove to the Split Rock Golf course. Under the trestle we watched the Barn Swallows flying around, some had built nests. The trail to Split Rock was sandy, with many horseback riders along the way. On the way back we found Common Yellowthroats, Parulas, several Towees, more Orioles, many many more Yellow Warblers , Grosbeak, a Northern Waterthrush and a Hermit Thrush to name a few. Seeing Split Rock was really fun and we climbed around for a while.  We came back to the parking lot tired, hungry and happy- a great morning.

See species account below.

Watching the owls: Jack, (not me,) Don, Lou in the foreground. Andrea, Celia, George and Jane further back.

This was a social group, lots of catching up along with the bird watching.

L to r: Celia, Jane and Andrea.

Don takes a break from watching the owlets.

This is Split Rock. It was suppossed to be blasted into oblivion to make way for I95. Theodore Kazimiroff launched a protest and the highway was moved! Contrary to legend, Anne Hutchinson did not hide from the Indians in the crack. Later in the day, Jane and I went to a lecture about Anne in the City Island Library, given by Prof. Lloyd Ultan, Bronx historian. Anne lived nowhere near this rock. They believe her residence was near 233rd and Boston Road.

According to Ultan, the rock is a glacial erratic. That means it was dropped here when the glacier melted. He claims the rock was split by a tree! He says there are photos of this happening. I find it hard to believe.

If only those owlets would cooperate by moving up. George is focused.

You wouldn’t think it was so much fun to climb on a big rock. Front to back: Lou, Andrea and Jack.

George poses in the rock, his camera ready for the next bird.            Celia also poses inside Split Rock.

Species Account: Osprey (2), Red-Breasted Grosbeak (4), Baltimore Oriole (6), Common Yellowthroat (2), Yellow Warbler (25+), American Goldfinch (2), Red-eyed Vireo (2), Northern Parula (2), White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Towee (4), Gray Catbird (6), Mourning Dove (6), Great-horned Owl (3), Red-bellied Woodpecker (3), Double-crested Cormorant (1), Northern Flicker (4), Barn Swallow (16), Song Sparrow (1), Northern Mockingbird (1), Brant (35), Hermit Thrush (1), Northern Waterthrush (1), Blue-grey Gnatcatcher (1), Red-winged Blackbird (several), Great Egret(2), Snowy Egret (2), American Robin (several).

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