I have felt I have been in a deficit of adding new species to my list I have been compiling since my 30th birthday. I also have just felt not super gung-ho about going outside, but today really helped me get excited about what's out there as not only did I get additions to my list, I also got some life birds today that I got to see for the first time ever, so, bonus? I think so!
So today involved lots of trains to get me around from park to park, so it was a subway birding day- with all the weekend planned changes to make the ride ever more fun!
Lots of pictures, too many? Psh, never! Enjoy the sights!
|What I came to see! A great horned owl, my first (wild) one ever! In the middle of NYC!|
|Then I got treated to another life bird, an immature red headed woodpecker. When mature, their heads are red, as their name implies.|
|This bird was actively caching away food, acorns and other seeds. A sign that he might spend the winter!|
|We don't normally see too many of these guys in our area, 2 years ago one spent the winter in Green-Wood Cemetery. This fall, this bird has been present here in Central Park, one has also been seen in Prospect and another in Green-Wood.|
|It was explained to me that this bird has three trees it tends to frequent, and that is where we saw him each time, on one of those three trees.|
|Great Horned owl still remained after visiting the woodpecker.|
|A hermit thrush grabs a drink on one of the small water features in the area.|
|White throated sparrow headshot.|
|A terrible photo, but I like it. The red tails were causing a ruckus, and this one flew quite close overhead, screaming.|
|Not a red headed woodpecker. Despite the red head.|
|A very focused on caching red BELLIED woodpecker. The belly is vaguely red and very rarely visible since their belly is 99.9% of the time, against a tree trunk.|
|I usually never get such close and compliant red bellies, so I had to snap snap snap away! #sorrynotsorry|
|My favorite winter lake residents, Northern Shovelers. I love watching these guys and then folks approaching asking about them, because I am more than happy to share a teachable moment. I got to do that today, it makes my day, every time!|
|I love a cute melanistic Grey Squirrel! Super adorbs, but super cautious of me.|
|And lastly, my one "decent" capture of the Great Cormorant that continues on the lake in Prospect. The white chin and larger size differentiates it from the other double-crested cormorants hanging out nearby.|