|This American goldfinch was also cashing in on the compost piles, finding some delicious seeds in the mix, while its counterparts were way up high in a towering sweet gum tree.|
|While walking through the vale, caught a big shadow. It came from a big bird.|
A great blue heron probably shifting from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and coming over to Prospect for a change in scenery, or food, or something completely different.
|In the vale, someone set out safflower and sunflower seeds on the columns around the small pond that forms. Cardinals, woodpeckers (downy and red-bellied) were happy with this offering. Also caught a fox sparrow in the area, which I love seeing.|
|A powerful beak for seed crushing. I hear the bites from these birds are the worst, according to banders.|
|This guy was so attached to this feeding post, he even allowed me to pass with barely a flinch!|
|Down at the lake, I caught a rusty blackbird, foraging in the shadows. I love these birds. I think they are so beautiful. And a sad story, a common bird that is in sharp decline, because of our many effects on the environment especially where they breed. Learn more at the Cornell Lab or Ornithology: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/rusty-blackbirds-are-rising-from-obscurity-but-falling-in-number/|