I birded a few different places today-- none of which were super birdy. Butterflies were abundant, I noticed at least 5 species, looking for the fast path southward. And while I didn't see a lot of little birds- I saw 6 species of raptors, which I am very okay with- I love BOP's and I love big birds better anyway!
I began my day at Green-Wood Cemetery, then hopped over to Bush Terminal Park, then south to Calvert-Vaux Park, and last, Floyd Bennett Field...
|Green-Wood's Dell Water had more frogs than birds...|
|1 of 3 species of raptors I saw in GWC... a merlin!|
|Made a few slow passes over the Crescent Water-- the same spot I accidentally flushed a Cooper's Hawk (#2) from a tree.|
|I will say, one of the best parts of GWC was this little Eastern Towhee who sat, vocalized a bit at me and just had a staring contest.|
|At Calvert-Vaux, I enjoyed my final sights of a great egret- soon they will be gone till spring.|
|On overcast days, it's really hard to get contrast or sometimes, you get too much contrast as you get serious back-lit photos... but seriously, dude-- could ya move over like 2 feet?|
|A perfect bird!|
|Keep on being awesome, red-tail!|
(and please eat a few of the mammal pictured below!)
|A gorgeous painted lady!|
|Raptor species number 5, an American Kestrel!|
|Onto my last site- Floyd Bennett Field. Where I was finally seeing some numbers of sparrows, almost all Savannah.|
|I noticed in flight one looked different from the others. Got this guy up in a tree-- AND FINALLY- a Vesper Sparrow!|
A life bird-- and one I have been chasing for a while (when I could).
|This bird automatically ranks up there on the cute scale-- white eye-ring really helps. The white eye-ring also is a field mark that helps in identifying this bird.|
|Bird flew off in my final frame-- but this blurry picture gives you the impression that tipped me off-- those white edges on the tail. The Savannah Sparrows do not have that, so when I saw birds fly up and away- I noticed that and then pursued.|
|And still the show isn't over-- at the end of Archery Road at FBF, there were 2 great cormorants!|
|Larger in size, and sporting that white on their throat- they were easy to distinguish for the many double crested cormorants also perched with them.|
|Great is on the left... I know it's in the foreground-- so ignore size-- but just look at the build of their two heads. The great cormorants head and bill feel much bulkier.|
|And I had to pull over for this massive (mixed) flock!|
|Mostly brown-headed cowbirds and a sprinkling of European Starling.|
|I could watch bird fly all day... but it got to 4pm, and the clouds were rolling in thick and I took the cue to go home. A pretty decent day- no complaints!|