And now. Birbs.
Friday, 3/16, Green-Wood Cemetery:
|I really wanted to see a fox sparrow (and a woodcock), and I got a fox sparrow.|
Trying to keep the year list growing as much as I can.
Each outing this week I added another year bird, today was fox sparrow.
I love these chonkers.
|A male belted kingfisher in its usual spot on the Crescent Water, making all the noise.|
|A close (and cropped) white-throated sparrow. I saw some chipping sparrows too, but got no photos.|
Monday, 3/9, Floyd Bennett Field:
|Today's year bird to add on was wood ducks. There were many to be had. The Return-a-Gift pond was full of them. Actively calling and puffing up their heads, many males with two females.|
|They make a funny upward nasal whistle call. The averge human being probably expects ducks to quack, a-la mallard, but ducks make some funky noises depending on the species.|
Wednesday, 3/11, Marine Park Salt Marsh:
|I had a late start to my work so I walked at the Salt Marsh Nature center. This downy woodpecker was soaking up the sun.|
|Everyone was singing - and among the cardinals, the males were scuffling a bit too.|
|A song sparrow singing its song.|
|I love how they jump up onto a high branch to belt it out. It is one of my favorite signs of spring.|
|Another sign of spring, are the "ONK-a-REEE's" of the red-winged blackbird.|
|An Eastern Phoebe on the Sylvan water, a second bird remained all winter on the Dell water.|
I love these little birds. We will see more as spring progresses!
|I was on Battle Hill, the highest point in Brooklyn and was surprised to be so close to a black vulture, that was traveling with a second bird just overhead.|
Todays year bird was fish crow.
|There are far less American Coot out in the park, I'll miss these goth babies.|
|Speaking of goth, I was really hoping to run into a rusty blackbird.... and I did! This is today's year bird!|
|I also love looking at the face on, because...|
|This bird's population has declined steeply since the 1960's habitat loss has likely been a contributing factor toward this.|
|I really like these birds, I hope we can keep them around.|
|One sleepy downy woodpecker before calling it a morning.|
Birds are great :)