Today I went to Floyd Bennett Field and the Marine Park Salt Marsh. There was a white fronted goose seen yesterday (and today) and I was not able to secure it. Instead I saw other things and wasn't stuck inside all day-- so that is a win in my book!
|Ring-billed gulls, hunkered down in the snow on the shore at Floyd Bennett Field.|
|At the community gardens, White-throated Sparrow (this guy), song sparrow, and cardinals were foraging in the grassy patches.|
|In getting back to the green bridge, the tide began to rise, so water began to appear between the ice, and therefore birds appeared too.|
A nice surprise was this black-bellied plover.
|The snow didn't seem to stop this bird.|
|And, success- looks like this plover caught itself a polychete worm! Yum!!|
|And of course, then the gulls saw and got jealous. The plover managed to wolf if down and fly off with just the tail end of the worm hanging out its mouth.|
|You know it's cold when the brackish/salt water freezes!!|
|One of two grebe species I saw today. I saw a horned grebe at Floyd, and this one, a pied-billed grebe at the marsh.|
|Not a bird.|
I saw a lot of mantis oothecas, and while many will make it through to sporing, when they will hatch-- these oothecas could be a very vital source of food for birds later in the winter.