I was fortunate enough to do some birding throughout the week, some with the kiddo, and I even got treated to a morning out while the baby stayed home with her dad. From birding NYC's first airport, to the Cemetery, to the refuge, and the salt marsh nearby, I got a little bit of everything with a few really nice surprises!
|This puddle hosted 4 killdeer (this bird), 3 least sandpipers, an odd tree swallow, and a few visitors including mourning doves, a robin, and an American goldfinch.|
|Freshwater is also good for bathing. While I cannot claim how clean the water is, the birds don't really seem to care? This killdeer was all in.|
|Once the danger passed, the birds slowly trickled back to the puddle to continue their foraging, bathing, and drinking before the sun set on them.|
|On Friday Afternoon, the kiddo and I birded Green-Wood Cemetery. We saw a few warblers, mainly parula and common yellowthroat. Not super birdy, but it was nice to get out for a walk.|
|We did though, get a solitary sandpiper at the cemetery, they are pretty little sandpipers.|
|Yesterday, what a treat, I got to go to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on my own. While it would have been cool to see the rarity black-throated gray warbler that made an appearance yesterday, I savored the freedom to move about without a stroller.|
It was Cape May city, lots of Cape May warblers, flitting 2 or three at a time through the trees.
|Since having the baby in the height of warbler season, I missed a lot of spring migrants. So these Cape May's were year birds for me!|
|Fall warblers are known to be confusing but quite a few are not so bad, the N. Parula being one that is not too far off from its breeding plumage.|
Even the Cape May is fairly recognizable.
|A great crested flycatcher was nice and low and gave some nice looks, just behind the visitors center. I always love seeing these easy-to-recognize flycatchers!|
|Lots of very cute, lesser yellowlegs.|
|A very nice surprise were blue-wing teals. I saw them on both the east and west ponds.|
|Always a joy, short-billed dowitchers!|
|A handsome, chonky, easy-to-recognize shorebird. The kind I like!|
|Also recognizable by behavior, they feed with their heads down in what is described as like a sewing machine, quick, small up and down movements, their bills fully submerged in it all.|
|The only shot I got of a royal tern I saw over the East Pond.|
|I didn't manage to get photos of the rest of the family. The chicks were smaller, maybe only half the size of her, and very similar in appearance.|
|No Kestrels today, also. We did see a merlin though! And this very stately mourning dove.|
|Speaking of amazing migrations and feats.... how about those monarchs???|