Posts Tagged 'birds'
What you can’t see here are all the dragon- and damselflies going about their business as the big bird stalks. There happened to be another Ardea herodias in this same Van Cortland Park water, and they two were not playing well together. They flew at each other several times, a commotion of pterodactyls complete with barbaric yawls, until this one beat a looping retreat into the air. Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) hawking and hovering over the water from a vertical stick perch (unseen to the right). First time I’ve ever watched a waxwing hunting bugs like this.
Fish Crow, Corvus ossifragus.
Tags: birding, birds, Jamaica Bay
Here’s a variation on a common sight: a young Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura). Note how much darker it is than an adult. You might almost want to make it another species, although there aren’t really any other options on this end of the country.
We’ve been lucky enough to catch the changing of the guard at this Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) nest a couple of times. Parent flies to hole, perching outside. Other parent bird flies out. First parent scoots in hole.That black mark, the malar, on the cheek means this is the male. He spends a minute looking out before tucking deeper inside. Soon there should be some frantic shuttling of food to the nest by both adult birds.