Today was double header, first I walked in my backyard, Green-Wood Cemetery. I encountered life, death, and survival among the birds I came across. Nothing super out of the ordinary, but a raven was nice to see and hear.
After coming home I decided to head out again to Bush Terminal Park, where there have been some reports of rare birds and it was definitely worth it for myself as I had three Brooklyn firsts (2 of which were first ever firsts).
|A song sparrow takes advantage of finally exposed grass to forage for seeds and possibly insects that took refuge in the decaying leaf litter before the snow.|
|A raven made an appearance, calling its deep, raspy, low call. At first I thought it was a heron calling! Ravens, appearance-wise have a longer, wedge shaped tail, and longer, more slender wings.|
|My next stop was Bush Terminal Park, and to my surprise, a hauled out Brooklyn harbor seal! This would make for my first Brooklyn Seal.|
|One of these gulls is not like the others... Second gull to the left is a continuing glaucous gull, an Arctic bird that we don't see to many of 'round these parts. Similar to the Iceland gull I saw last week, but with a few minor differences that equate to a completely different bird.|
|A double crested cormorant joined my seal friend.|
|Oh and the seal and gull are just located behind all this, the warehouses of Western Brooklyn|
|Another first for me, not one, but 6 American tree sparrows, foraging in the grasses of Bush Terminal Park.|
|Some distinguishing marks, no belly streaks, just a spot in the center of the breast. Also that red cap and buffy clay/red color on its sides. A handsome little bird!|
|Side view, just a pretty little sparrow! Happy to learn more species of sparrows by seeing them in person!|