Posts Tagged 'birds'


A flotilla of resting Ruddy Ducks.
The bills on the males will turn even bluer before it’s all over.

Raptor Wednesday

This linden tree sported a male American Kestrel in 2017 and 2018, too. Now here’s… another? He’s facing the low winter sun. That makes for good photographs, but also gives his potential prey a good view of him.You’d think he’d want to come out of the sun, but that might throw his shadow ahead of him.So the above pictures were taken a few weeks ago. Raptor Wednesday is usually running behind this time of year. But I always check this spot when I’m near by, and most times I see nothing. But just yesterday, for the first time since the above:Here he was again.(I mean, I think it’s the same bird.)


The water beading off this Pied-bill Grebe… You know, I think this plumage is more interesting than the breeding plumage. This cinnamon tinge to the neck is not, by the way, found in all non-breeding birds.

Raptor Wednesday

A Red-tail miscellany.On this day, there were three at the same time; a pair of perched adults and an airborne yearling.Here’s a pair on an overcast day. Note that fist.When the light is right, and the bird is over a year old, then there’s no mistaking a Red-tailed Hawk on the east coast even at some distance. That’s some red tail.January, by the way, is not too early for these big birds to be courting.

Cardinal Red

In winter, where colors are subdued, the tropical-like bounty of the Northern Cardinal male comes as a pleasing fillip to the eye. I’ve seen Europeans in Central Park bowled over by this extravagant bird, as well they should be. Cardinals has been expanding their range northward since the nineteenth century. Especially since the 1940s and 1950s, they’ve become fairly common in New York. Factors for this expansion include warmer winters and less snow-covered ground, more bird-feeders and edge habitat, and the banning of the hunting of songbirds in 1918 (the bright males made conspicuous targets for the slaughtering-kind).

Hey, if you’re in NYC, there are two very interesting presentations at the Linnaean Society of NY tonight.

Yew Said It

This large yew in Green-Wood was overflowing with seeds, above and below.There was no evidence of anybody eating them, however.On the other side of the cemetery, meanwhile, a Red-breasted Nuthatch has been eating from a cluster of two other yews the last three times I passed by.

Or so I assume it’s the same bird. Why leave as long as there’s food?

While we’re on the subject of small birds

This Golden-crowned Kinglet, spotted just over a month ago in the Bronx, seems to have escaped notice in the photo file until now. So, have at it! And this. Same day, same place. I think it’s a “wild” House Sparrow nest, but will certainly entertain alternative theories. When they do nest out in the open, House Sparrows weave great, confused balls of material. If you examine the nooks and crannies they usually colonize, you’ll find them stuffed with nesting material a la a hoarder. When we had a sidewalk shed up around the two sides of our corner building for most of last year, there were at least three H.S. nests in-between the I-beams holding up the elevated platform.Slate-colored Dark-eyed Juncos: female in foreground focus, male in background blur.

A noteworthy examination of how historic populism has been perverted into an excuse for Trumpism.


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