On Friday, I had the day to myself so I made the most of it. Fully cleaned the parrot's cage, cleaned the whole first floor of the house, even took Kestrel on a bike ride after daycare, played at the park, and spent the entire morning birding. Like I could not have had a more perfect day, got some me time, got some mama-baby time, and I accomplished things.
I was hoping to see the Western grebe off of Coney Island Creek but had no luck, but the remainder of the day more than made up for it. I Visited Calvert Vaux Park and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and it was sunny, comfortable, and not yet too buggy - fantastic birding conditions. And the birds, they were spectacular!
|Breeding season makes birds that are normally skulky quite bold. Like this eastern towhee, so caught up in his own hormones, he can't help but jump up into the open and belt out in song.|
|So happy to see a gorgeous blackburnian warbler. Did I mention how I LOVE orange birds??|
Blackburnian warblers, orioles, they set my heart afire.
|And not to be dismissed, American redstarts are also flashy with that orange. This one was busy sitting still and singing.|
|They usually don't sit still, but those little bird breeding season hormones make you do some funny things.|
|Then a bird flew in not far above me. It was chunky, so I knew it wasn't a warbler. It was a very handsome rose-breasted grosbeak, making his squeaky sneaker sound.|
|This is the male, the females look absolutely different in brown, but they too are quite beautiful with a bold white eye brow and brown speckled, buff-colored belly.|
|No matter male or female, they always have that large beak, perfects for eating fruits and seeds, plus a few insects too.|
|So happy to see my favorite little warbler, Canada Warbler! So cute, round, and that perfect little necklace!|
|Walking a long the trail, you had to stop, constantly. Birds were everywhere, this one was calling loudly. When we looked at one another, I knew exactly who it was, a white-eyed vireo.|
|I also enjoy immensely when they sit in the open for a good little while.|
|You could see it eyeing the branches for something worth its while, this tree had nothing to offer so it did eventually continue its search elsewhere.|