On Saturday, we traveled to the Queens Botanical Garden and Corona Park. The garden was small, but cute, with ample open spaces where lots of folks just plopped down and relaxed in the grass or on chairs (their own, or ones around the garden).
Corona Park also had a lot going on, we walked there from the garden (hold onto your receipt and you can come and go from the garden as you please). There were many soccer (fútbol) games going on and the place was very lively. The only thing I did not enjoy was the water feature, "Fountain of the Planets." The algal blooms were gross, in one corner gathered muck, algae, a dead, bloated opossum, and 2 dead turtles, among other trash, and probably some other decaying things. It was really upsetting to see how absolutely disgusting the water was and how it did not seem to get taken care of. And clearly this is an ongoing issue and not much has changed, as this article from the NY Times in 2000 shows, it's sad.
Today, my husband and I went to the Driving range to hit some golf balls then we went across the street to Floyd Bennett to find the new blind constructed at the Return pond, named in honor of Jean Bourque, survived by her husband Ron, these two were most well known for their involvement in Brooklyn birding, natural history, and conservation communities. What a lovely space it is, with a nice sitting area for classes to do outdoor lessons.
Often when I go out, I am on my own or with other birders, not so much my husband. Thankfully he supports my passions in life, as I support his, but we both enjoy the outdoors and it was really nice to spend the weekend with him, enjoying what the world had to offer.
|So. Queens Botanical Garden is COVERED in Italian Wall Lizards. If you are not aware, I LOVE lizards. You have been warned...|
|This one looks to be a female- the males are far more green.|
|Their camouflage is spot on, the grass would be crawling with them, but you don't see them until they make a move.|
|Dandelions grew everywhere and I saw quite a few birds foraging on the seeds from the puffballs they form.|
|I really liked the Eastern Redbud, the flowers just seem to grow from the bark!|
|QBG also had a bee garden with some hives that produce honey and provide pollination for the area surrounding them. It was nice to see the bees buzzing about doing their thing, working hard.|
|Also lots of bumble and carpenter bees. This one, on a cherry tree.|
|Robins and red-wing blackbirds were foraging on the grounds throughout the garden.|
|Some double crested cororants- mture adults sport that black coloration and "double crests," while immature/juvenile birds have that grey coloration. They are in the Fountain of the Plants and I feel bad that that is where they swim.|
|A little glimmer in those teal eyes, they have the coolest eyes, cormorants.|
|One thing to remember when you visit Floyd Bennet Field is to repeatedly check yourself for these. One of three dog ticks I picked up, simply by walking in some grass.|
|Looking forward to seeing more butterflies!! :)|