|A chipping sparrow in the golf course parking lot.|
So on this Father's Day I found myself in Eisenhower Park picking up my dad's gift - the man really loves golf, so I had to get him the most useful thing for him - a golfing gift card. On my way back to the car I got distracted by a baby cottontail rabbit and decided that a quick walk into the park wouldn't hurt.
I went to the Veteran's Memorial and down to the pond, where I saw not a single trace of waterfowl, which kind of made me sad. What's pond without at least one goose or mallard? Well, I did still see some cool birds...
|The robins were very charismatic.|
|The weather has been good to the robins, all the rain we have gotten has brought up all the worms.|
|Saw a lot of killdeer across from the mounted unit barn.|
|This leggy bird looks like it belongs on the beach. They are part of the plower family (a type of shore bird) but these guys prefer grasslands/fields.|
|My hometown, East Meadow, was originally part of a plains ecosystem. The Hempstead Plains are mostly nonexistent. There are very few sparse patches left. Now the area is residential, suburban, typical Long Island.|
|The name "killdeer." comes from their call: "kill-dee-dee-dee-dee!" or "dee-dee-dee!" Listen here.|
|Of course, once they lure you far enough away, they just fly away.|
|A seriously handsome bird.|
|And one scruffy song sparrow singing his little bird heart out.|
For more information on Eisenhower Park, check out their website at: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks/wheretogo/active/eisenhower.html