Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunny with a Chance of Warbler

     Before getting into today's biddy action, I have failed to share fun sights from earlier in the week. Including a super moon, blood moon, lunar eclipse over Brooklyn, NY and a pre work outing at Floyd Bennett Field:
As seen from in front of our home-- not going to lie, Tim took the shots of the moon and did an amazing job!

A bit of that "blood moon," before the clouds erased everything visible in the sky.
A mockingbird at Floyd Bennett Field's Community Gardens.
A white-lipped banded snail-- your common garden snail. This one is band-less and camouflaged onto some milkweed.
When the sun finally came out, an Eastern Tailed Blue came out to bask and soak up its warmth. This little butterfly was ever so slightly larger than my thumbnail.
A gathering of tree swallows over my head!
And a quick stop at the Salt Marsh in Marine Park, before I headed to work on Monday morning. A nice fly-in from a great blue heron.
    Today I met up with my birding buddy, Daniel. We went to Prospect and the sun came out and so did the warblers, including the continuing 1st year female hooded warbler. With the awful weather we have had the last few days, it felt like all the birds were trying to do was eat up anything they could find, as the bugs too, came out with the sun:
Finally! A Rose-breasted Grosbeak! Female! This is a life bird for me, it's ridiculous it has taken me this long to see one. 

Northern Parulas everywhere! My count was at 11, and there were probably more. They gathered in every sun drenched tree along the ravine, feeding, very active!
Eye to eye, but really, the parulas didn't care. They came in quite close, food was far more important!

A bald-faced hornet, with a few others nearby, gnaws up wood to create pulp that they then use to build their impressive nests with.
A red-eyed vireo feats on some berries on a pile of collected branches. 
An Eastern Phoebe out hunting for insects and looking quite lovely in it's element.
Milkweed bug adults and nymphs snuggle on the broad leaves of the plant it feeds upon.

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