It was a really fun day, I think next year, I would make a plan and schedule out a few places to tackle, as we birded Prospect park from 6:30am till 1pm. Then went to Green-Wood after a quick lunch break. I cut out after Green-Wood and the remainder of the team went to Drier-Offerman. I was hoping that a nocturnal walk in Green-Wood might help our team, but alas, there were no night time birds to amp up our list.
My favorite sight and life bird, was seeing a Kentucky Warbler. Due to overcast skies, photos were really hard to take so I got some okay glimpses of mostly still or well lit birds.
On Tuesday, 5/23 I am presenting some of my photos at photo night for the Brooklyn Bird Club Meeting at the Brooklyn Public Library. I admit I have never attended a meeting and this sounded like a good chance to meet more members and get a bit more involved in this community. I am terrified, haha!
Anyway, this birdathon benefitted the Wild Bird Fund- so really the point of this was not just to be competitive and fun, but to also raise some $$$ for the WBF. I donated- you should too!
Anyway- some sights from the Birdathon:
|Some were getting a little frisky, and we creepily watched... because I've never seen squirrels do it-- have you?!|
|The face you make when you realize you're being watched during private time...|
|Glad we watched those squirrels getting randy, because this guy came in and landed right above them- a ruby-throated hummingbird!|
|Noticed a lot of house wren, out in the open, calling, displaying. Sighted more house wrens than we heard house wrens!|
|When you realize.... you've been spotted.|
|A green heron, vocalizing along the lullwater with their odd throaty call.|
|Where we met additional members of our team- at the dog beach. Where some red-wing blackbirds joined us too, helping us to spy wood ducks and spotted sandpiper.|
|After walking to the vale, midwood, and ravine-- we went to Green-Wood Cemetery. At the Dell Water there was a bit of ruffled feathers among these two male Baltimore Orioles.|
|Pinning his opponent down...|
|Lots of kicking and flapping... seemed like it was a struggle of who could pin down the other.|
|A karate-like kick and grab of the beak... once it was over, one ran off, while the other flew up-- perhaps to whoever was watching. Maybe a female? Who knows!|
|A pair of great egrets-- perhaps wooing one another at the Dell Water.|