10* yesterday. This is one of four American Robins who were scouring the Sumac berries. Not all Robins head south for the winter. These could also be birds from further north, this their south. Wintering Robins tend to flock and change their dietary habits, since there are few earthworms to be had now.
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Tags: birding, birds, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, plants
Tags: Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, plants
Tags: beetles, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, insects, invertebrates, plants
Tags: birds, Brooklyn, flowers, Green-Wood, plants, trees
Cherries are starting to bloom.Although still chilly, the morning sun was strong enough to begin heating these hard cases up.The bulbs and corms, of course, are bursting with stored-up goodness. Dark-eyed Junco, a winter bird, still hanging around.
Two weeks ago, when I was last in Green-Wood, the cemetery was all about the Common Raven, vocalizing basso profundo. I neither saw nor heard it today. Bereft of a mate, has it flown the borough? Mockingbirds, Jays, and Robins were making all the noise this morning. I noted two dozen species, with the highlight being my first Golden-crowned Kinglet of the year, and three Tree Sparrows. Japanese Andromeda.
Tags: birding, birds, Brooklyn, flowers, plants, Prospect Park, trees
And half-a-dozen or so Red-winged Blackbirds, bringing the area around the Terrace Bridge to sudden, raucous life with their insistent “I am now here!” vocalizations: Check!
It was interesting to observe these birds, all males. Two at the feeders presented variations in plumage, with one bird sill having some of its juvenile brown-speckled feathers, and one the sumptuous color of midnight, a rich, glossy black, popping with red shoulder epaulets.
This was all yesterday in Prospect Park: sure signs of spring
Tags: birds, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, plants
It was as gray a Ring-billed Gull yesterday.But in Brooklyn Bridge Park, if you looked closely, there were flashes of color.Subtle color, mostly.But in a few cases, as in these rose hips, vibrant, almost lurid in comparison.And speaking of lurid, these seem to have been devoured from within.
One strategy for taking over the world is just to produce massive amounts of your kind. Some of ‘em are going to take. Sometimes a whole lot of them are going to take. Here are the reproductive agents of two introduced species that have become invasive in our part of the world:Water chestnut, devil pod, water clatrop, Trapa natans. Masses of the floating seedpods were cluttered along the wrackline at Little Stony Point. I’ve noted them before; the form fascinates me.
Same location. A thick patch of Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) was still pendulous with thousands of three-winged achenes. This plant also reproduces by spreading rhizomes, so it’s got a couple of ways of taking over. While a torment to many (botanists, gardeners, farmers, etc.), knotweed does have one redeeming virtue: its flowers produce nectar that makes for a very tasty honey.
Tags: Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, plants, trees
You can open these up to fill your Monday morning computer screen by clicking on them, because you probably need a little boost to the start of your week. The last image would make a particularly good mini trifold screen, and since you’re using the boss’s color printer, what the hell, eh?