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.
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
Published November 21, 2012
Tags: Hudson, plants
Published November 17, 2012
Tags: Brooklyn, plants
Some phragmites, and at least one, maybe two, other species have colonized this old whatever-it-is high above the D train at 9th Avenue, Sunset Park.
Update: This structure is part of Bay Ready Mix Concrete.
The Furman Street rooftop cattail mini-garden is still going strong. Diagonal roof line necessitated by your blogger not wanting to venture too far out into Furman Street’s under-the-BQE dragstrip raceway.
The cattails (Typha angustifolia) are as high as an elephant’s eye. In fact, one of the gardeners was actively clearing some of these out, saying they were growing outwards and the goldenrod was growing inwards, and without care there would not be any pond after too long. Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), my favorite milkweed family members.Some galls on an Eastern Cottonwood.The fenced path between completed sections (Piers 1 and 6) passes through a construction zone and some remnants of the former wilderness found along these piers. Queen Anne’s Lace, Daucus carota, among others.
Also: a fledgling Common Grackle being being fed by its bright-eyed parent, near the bathing hole used by at least half a dozen bird species throughout the day (fresh water is vital to birds for drinking and bathing). I spotted a Painted Turtle, which I then learned was recently introduced. Three species of ladybugs, which I’ve saving for a future post, and two species of very colorful aphids (likewise). Pier 1, incidentally, is a good places this time of year to be relatively close to Barn Swallows, who zip over the ponds and up to the Promenade and back in their acrobatic insect-hunting.
Published April 16, 2012
Tags: Brooklyn, plants
The Rock of Repose holds back the line of advancing Common Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). This sneaked in under the fence from the Mugwort/Knotweed jungle beyond, but you can find it everywhere in the city as it advances to cover the globe. I’ll say one thing for it: fresh (and uprooted) and dried out (in winter), it does smell good.