Doodletown had many of the things we hoped to see, Cerulean warblers being one and a bonus visit to Sterling Forest gave us our Golden-winged Warblers.
Green-Wood treated me to a darling family or Common Ravens and Baked in Brooklyn. The Cinnamon Roll I picked up was ridiculous (in the good way).
With the trees fully leaved, seeing birds is getting harder. I have been trying to use my ears more and get excited for ID'ing birds by sound alone.
|We saw a lot of indigo buntings in Doodletown.|
BUT THIS IS A BLUE GROSBEAK.
|On another trail, I mentioned how two of us saw a yellow-throated vireo over here last year. And then just chomping into my granola bar, this one flies in low.|
|A low treat!|
Glad I was able to get a few okay captures. Because I literally had a granola bar hanging out of my mouth.
|Saw a few flycatchers, including this great-creasted flycatcher. We also, positively saw an Eastern Wood-Pewee and Olive-sided Flycatcher.|
|SO HAPPY TO SEE A SNEK!|
We saw a Northern Water Snake from the damn, basking on a rock below.
|This one really stumped us|
Turned out to be a female indigo bunting!
|Upon our arrival to Sterling Forest, we didn't even get out of the car before our first exciting bird, a VERY compliant black-billed cuckoo!|
|What great looks it gave us!|
For our friend, Jeana, this was a life bird-- rather it was, she found our only one in Doodletown. This one gave her bonus looks to soak in that loafy dollop of bird.
|It was joined by a second, and equally compliant bird!|
How lucky we were!
|So fun thing we learned, and observed. When prairie warblers squabble over turf, they sing and fight at the same time, which just makes for a very comical sight.|
|Target bird achieved. A fast look. The blur of this bird is appropriate for its blink-of-an-eye appearance.|
The Golden-winged warbler, known for nesting , specifically, in this place.
|Also, it's banded. Unfortunately, can't get a full read.|
|A blue winged warbler. Not a golden-winged, but known to hybridize with the golden to create a "Brewster's Warbler."|
The blue-winged gave us a lovely clear sight that we did not get in Doodletown.
This little tiny snek. Not even a soba noodle, it's an angel hair pasta.
It's a baby Northern Water Snake!
|These little babies develop in eggs that the mother retains. So the babies are born from their mom. Mom would look like what we saw in Doodletown.|
Sorry, Little Snack.
|I was super excited to see 5 ravens at once!|
|This one seemed especially needy.|
|The pink showing around the corners of this birds mouth suggests it is a youngster. A fledgling, finding its wings, following its parents, still begging for food, while learning the lay of the land and workings of its wings.|
|I usually se our ravens here in Brooklyn in flight, so to see much of the family perched and interacting with one another was an especially wonderful treat!|
|Also a treat, my (finally) first of the year Canada Warbler. These are one of my top warblers. I love the eye rings, that delicate necklace, and how lucky was I this this little bird put on a show, stopping every so often to sing.|
|But really not compliant for photos. Ah well, I still savored the solid 5 minutes I got to observe this bird for.|
|Found this red tail hawk due to the ruckus of robins, mockingbirds, and sparrows.|
It was donked in the head a number of times by some diving mockingbirds before moving on.
|Who's having a good day? I suppose it matters who you pose that question to...|
The spotted sandpiper, pretty good.
The Red Admiral, flat out awful.