Published April 24, 2017
Tags: birding, birds, Central Park
Published April 23, 2017
Tags: birding, birds
Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus).GHO are said to have the greatest diversity of prey of any raptor, diurnal or nocturnal. Mammals, mostly, but also birds, including other raptors. They will also eat insects, reptiles, fish, and carrion.
And you know these Muppets are ravenous. By the way, is that down on their eyelids? Meanwhile, in a rather less traditional nest location. There were actually two owlets here, but the older had jumped the pediment some time last week. We didn’t see it on its ledge on this viewing, but I’ve since been informed that it’s ok. In fact, it had fledged and was hanging out in a nearby tree. Well, nearby if you can fly. Rodent tooth, ejecta of an owl.
Published April 22, 2017
Published April 21, 2017
Tags: birding, birds, Bronx, Brooklyn, Central Park, flowers, insects, invertebrates, plants, Sunset Park
Published April 20, 2017
Tags: birding, birds, Virginia
The all-Merlin (Falco columbarius) edition.
In Green-Wood. This falcon, seen here on two different perches, was one of two by the Crescent Water at the same time. The other flew into a nearby tree — but the photography possibilities were not worth posting home about. The second bird took off, followed by the first. I wasn’t sure if this territorial or courtship behavior.Another day, another place, this time Marine Park. An hour before sunset, so that House Sparrow looks like dinner.
Sibley gives the following stats for average Merlin size:
length: 10″; wingspan: 24″; weight: 6.5 oz (109g); females always bigger than males.
For House Sparrow:
length: 6.25″; wingspan 9.5″; weight: 0.98 oz (28g).
Published April 18, 2017
Tags: birding, birds, Brooklyn, Bush