Ticks

Eastern Black-legged in the Bronx.
Lone Star on Staten Island. Early instar, this tiny beast.

And here’s an American Dog Tick found at Four Sparrow Marsh years ago, the only Brooklyn location I’ve spotted a tick so far. These are the big three species in NYC. There’s also a Groundhog Tick, too?

Airborne

Reproductives are a-wing. This is a Yellow-footed Ant queen.
Well, she’ll be a queen if she mates. Flycatchers like this Eastern Kingbird, one of two in launching out from this London Plane tree, are on the lookout to make sure she doesn’t reproduce.
On Saturday, the termite reproductives were starting to emerge, streaming up into the sky on their weak wings. The reception committee was intense, about as many Chimney Swifts as I’ve ever seen over Brooklyn. (There’s at least one Barn Swallow in here as well.)
As I get older, I measure time by the arrival and departure of the swifts. We hear their chittering overhead all summer, from early in the morning to just past sunset. Two or three have just raced by. It’s hard to count them. They appear as if spontaneously in the air.

In the Fog

A thick fog enveloped the borough Sunday morning. I made my way to one of the high points of the cemetery, where one would have been hard pressed to realize one was in the middle of Brooklyn, because even the omnipresent roar of the city was almost nonexistent.

The wind had finally turned to come from the south overnight. There were Cape May, Black and White, Canada, Blackpoll, American Redstart, Black-throated Blue, Ovenbird, and Northern Parula in the awful light. (Not a single photograph of birds in the trees came out worthy of sharing.)

Raptor Wednesday

A Red-tailed Hawk nestling seen this weekend.
Probably one of the parents, seen the next day. And yes, that does look like a baby duckling, doesn’t it?
And this, yesterday, seems to indicated Brown Rat is on the menu as well.
Not that the Grackles were pleased about this.

Seasonal Greetings & Arrivals

Mourning Doves on nest.
Elsewhere, a couple of fledglings.
A couple of Robin nests.
A Canada gosling.
Fresh Starlings.
House Wren house…

NEWS: This coming Sunday, my partner Molly Nash Rouzie will be leading a plant walk at Green-Wood Cemetery. Called “Meet Your Green Neighbors,” this is an introduction to the flora of the native planting hillside by the old Chapel, where many of the insect photographs seen on this blog have been spotted.

This is a Green-Wood fundraising event, so it requires registration and a ticket ($25 for non-members).

They’re Just Falling Out of the Sky

Well, controlled falls. Prairie Warbler.
Magnolia Warbler.
The Yellow Warblers have been most photogenic this year.
Northern Parula.
Chestnut-sided.

Birds

Not the least of flycatchers: Least Flycatcher.
Ovenbird/worm disagreement.
Yellow Warbler.
There marvelous yellow eyes of a Brown Thrasher.
Another Yellow, amidst the Ground Ivy, grasses, and fallen cherry blossoms.
Warbling Vireo.
Baltimore Oriole female. Best vent in the biz.

Dandelion-eaters

Probably have to eat a lot of these for the old get-up-and-go?

Brooklyn Birds

Hooded Warbler, spent some time subduing a moth.
American Redstart male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak female.
Male Rose-breasted.
Wood Thrush
Lots of Catbirds around, but this was the only one I saw without a tail.
White-crowned Sparrow
Prothonotary (ages since I’ve seen one).
Good opportunity to compare with a Yellow Warbler…

Big Bees

One Eastern Redbud tree, about fifty Eastern Carpenter Bees.
They have also been hitting up the apple trees. And in this case, an exotic Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum).
Speaking of exotic. Look at these too long and you go blind.

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