Posts Tagged 'birding'

Great Crested Flycatcher

Myiarchus crinitusAlways a nice surprise to get a good look at a Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus), since they are usually at tree-top level. I thought this might be a migrant, and it may well be, but it should be noted that there are breeding records for the species in Prospect. They are the only cavity-nesting flycatcher in the U.S. The bright sun is making its neck look too white; the birds are more gray in the feather.

Spotted (or Not) and Streaky

Actitis maculariusSpotted Sandpipers (Actitis macularius) — no spots once they’ve moved out of their breeding plumage — are patrolling the edges of fresh water bodies now during migration. Parkesia noveboracensisAlso along the watery edges these days are Northern Waterthrushes (Parkesia noveboracensis).

Robin Spotty Breast

Turdus migratoriusLate brood young American Robin. The binomial Turdus migratorius may raise an eyebrow, but Turdus is just the Latin for “thrush.”


Tyrannus tyrannusAn Eastern Kingbird in Green-Wood. Flying insect eaters, Kingbirds will bank and swerve like crazy while attempting to get at bugs making evasive maneuvers. Tyrannus tyrannusHere’s a big bee who didn’t escape.

Downy Heron

Butorides virescensOne of a trio of young Green Herons (Butorides virescens) on a snag in the Lullwater this week. This one was sitting: I’ve never seen a heron sit before.

It was a month ago that I saw this fledgling Green Heron in Green-wood. That bird looked a little older.

I wonder if this trio is a result of a late-nesting pair or a second brood? At least two pair were nesting in the Lullwater area in May, making for a nice long Brooklyn breeding season for this species.


“Creeping along the endless beach amid the sun-squall and the foam, it occurs to us that we, too, are the products of sea-slime.” H.D. Thoreau on Cape Cod.

I walked from the Lemon Creek Fishing Pier to Conference House Park along the Raritan Bay shore of Staten Island recently. Mt. LorettoThe red glacial till of the cliffs were pockmarked with old Bank Swallow nests.beachThe beach was shelly in parts, seaweedy in others.summerSurprisingly few people were to be seen over the couple miles of beach on a summer weekend. IMG_6695Fishermen had plundered through, though, leaving this four-footer to the maggots.Erythemis simplicicollisAlong the phraggy edges past the cliffs of Mt. Loretto, some Odonates patrolled. This is a female Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis).Great Beds LightGreat Beds Light, in Raritan Bay, off the southwestern tip of Staten Island. Named after the great beds of oysters once found there. The beach had a good number of oyster shells on it, so there are still some, but there’s been no oyster harvesting from the great estuary that surrounds New York City in nearly a century. The Billion Oyster Project is trying to change that.Great Beds LightOspreys have nested on top of the light. rocksThis marker on the rocks near the entrance of the Arthur Kill has been taken over by Double-crested Cormorants. rocksThey’ve crowded their nests onto all the available horizontals.Conference HouseThis is the view from the 1680 Billopp House, now known as the Conference House because of the unsuccessful peace parley held here in 1776. We can pretend there isn’t an industrial watercourse right on the other side of those trees and imagine the view not so different 300 years ago.Platanus occidentalisThere are some magnificent American Sycamores on the grounds; that’s my 20″ long backpack for scale.

Friday’s Feet

Sterna hirundo“The angels wanna wear my red shoes,” sings Elvis Costello. Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) don’t often swim, but they can.


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