For me, Thanksgiving gave me a 3-day weekend, so I spent yesterday again, birding for a good chunk of the day. I visited Green-Wood Cemetery, the Middle Lot on the Belt Parkway, and Floyd Bennett Field. I birded until afternoon hunger drove me to stop and find lunch.
The weather this weekend, with exception for today was the first time I had to break out the thermals, the cold-weather boots, multiple layers of pants, and double socks. It's not even officially winter yet, it's surely going to be a cold one!
|Upon parking at the West End Lot at Jones Beach, I noticed this very cold Eastern Phoebe, seemingly just trying to be as much in the sun as possible.|
|It also seemed to cough up something-- didn't really catch what it was. This bird has some small round bits around its mouth. I wonder what in the heck it is easting in this cold.|
|An American Goldfinch seems to know it's a good day to feast. With the cold, it is very important to feast,|
|A pine siskin finds some goldenrod to gather seeds from.|
|A pine siskin was also grabbing a drink at the Sylvan Water, especially after the sharpie took off in a different direction.|
|I was working on my checklist, getting to the blackbird section... as this guy flew in- a Rusty Blackbird. A very pleasant surprise!|
|It perched up high and in the sun. I have never seen a rusty in such vivid light and so up high.|
|The Dell Water is always my favorite place. I found myself a seat on the grass and watched birds at the drip and at the feeders. I LOVE Fox sparrows, and they are back for the winter season!|
|A less-than-usually shy hermit thrush landed close to where I was sitting, allowing me a few photos. Of them, of course, only one is ever okay.|
|The drip was being hogged by blue jays. They even busted each others chops about who gets water first.|
Interesting was the scolding jay outside the pipe, seems to have had the tip of its bill broken off. I wonder how it managed that?
|Then the one in the tube, just sat, not making noise, just mouth agape after lopped bill gave him an earful.|
|And then, nature. At its finest.|
|Because it got flagged as rare, I have a turkey vulture photo - one of the two soaring together.|
|On the Belt Parkway, aside from the man who went for a swim in Gravesend Bay and then changed out of his speedo on the rocks.... I saw a number of purple sandpiper on the rocks. A much preferred sight, the sandpipers.|
A winter visitor, I look forward to them being here each winter.