I have most certainly been getting out and enjoying the birds out there. I just have not been super compelled to update this thing. It seems to be an ebb and flow of motivation to keep this thing going.
In the last month a number of birds have arrived, and I have had the pleasure of birding with friends, getting to special birding places, and keeping up as best I can with the plovers. I'll just dump the best pictures I have here.
|A Northern Waterthrush in its element in Prospect Park's upper pool.|
|A great blue heron looking spiffy in its breeding plumage.|
Check out the monster sliders and cooters in the background.
|A cute shipping sparrow foraging among the fallen petals of the spring trees.|
|I love veerys. I love them veery much.|
|I birded the western side of the Marine Park Salt Marsh before work one day and was treated to a number of termite hatch-outs, which brought some birds with it.|
A northern parula, one of very many.
|Singing it's northern parula song.|
|A house wren gathers nesting material, got family on the way!|
|A not-so-shy black-and-white warbler, feeding upon the termites taking their nuptial flight.|
|For the termite in the beak of this indigo bunting, that flight was very short lived.|
|A female common yellowthroat hawked termites like a yellow-rumped warbler would.|
|A blackpoll warbler gets in on the feast and signals this warbler migration coming to an end.|
|Red-eyed vireos are one of the common songs being heard in the tree tops.|
|On a very-dog filled plover outing, I spotted this American Oystercatcher on its two eggs.|
|A piping plover taking a rest in a small divot in the sand.|
|For this walk, I had one single plover on my walk out, and encountered around 8 dogs on the beach.|
But when I walked back, all but one dog, a service animal, had exited. And once the dogs were gone, I finally got to see the plovers, as they came out and down to feed.
|Looks like a stretch of relief to me!|
|Love these little loves.|
|This years birdathon raised money for NYC Plover Project. Our team, Smooth Like Bittern, saw 115 bird species across Brooklyn.|
Including this Magnolia Warbler.
|We stumbled upon a termite hatch-out while standing on a bridge, giving us nice tree-top, eye-level views of warblers, like this chestnut-sided warbler.|
| A black-and-white warbler stealing a few termites.|
|A crappy picture of a robin with some piebald leucism. |
|The birdathon took us out to Plumb Beach where we enjoyed this semi-palmated sandpiper who was with least sandpipers.|
|t Floyd Bennett Field, we nearly stumbled over a nesting killdeer - a reminder to watch your step on any fields this time of year!|
|Our final stop of the birdathon was Shirley Chisholm SP and we enjoyed this gingery little field sparrow.|
|On Mother's Day, I did no birding. I was exhausted from the birdathon. Instead, I napped.|
But Monday, I worked from my in-laws and did a pre-work birding trip to Doodletown.
Greeted just up the hillside by this indigo bunting.
|The forest was filled with birds and their song, but it was hard to see much.|
This Carolina wren was one of three wrens working on a fallen log.
|American redstarts were everywhere. I like this natural vignette looking through a tulip trees leaves.|
|There were so many Ceruleans and a picture was dang hard to get- and I did have to start my work day. SO this is the best I got. Belting out its song.|
|Also enjoyed the other expected warblers there, like this blue-winged warbler, worm-eating warbler, hooded warbler, and even heard a black-billed cuckoo call.|