Posts Tagged 'Green-Wood'

Raptor Wednesday Plus Pellets

Megaceryle alcyonThis Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) female was flying directly towards me across the Crescent Water when suddenly she freaked out. A Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) sped overhead, arrowing towards her. There was much shouting by the Kingfisher, who loudly went hither and yon as the foiled Coop parked itself in a Sweetgum. Accipiter cooperiiI see Cooper’s in the air a lot more than I see them perched. They can be quite flighty, barely perching for long when they’re on the winged hunt.Accipiter cooperiiThis one, though, stuck around long enough for me to get some pictures.Accipiter cooperii

pelletsWhile circling the hawk, I noticed these wet pellets on a bench. There sure look fishy, don’t they?pellets2I think the Kingfisher perched on the back of the bench and coughed up these scaly, bony hairballs.

Speaking of hairballs: how to deal with the reflexive liar Trump, who uses the big-lie strategy every day.

Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podicepsOur smallest grebe species is the Pied-billed, Podilymbus podiceps.Podilymbus podicepsThere was one in a flotilla of Canada Geese the other day in the Valley Water.Podilymbus podiceps(Same bird here, just a lot of differing lighting situations.)

Two and a quarter million more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump, and counting (freaking California is so slow!). Considering the blatant voter-suppression tactics Southern Republicans have perfected in the wake of the Republican majority of the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act, this is quite impressive.

Trump et al. are big-lying that the overwhelming vote against him is made up of “illegal voters.” Then surely he wants a recount in every state right? Of course not.

The Electoral College needs to step up and refuse to vote next month for this mendacious pestilence who has his fingers around the throat of democracy.

Daily Raptor

Falco sparveriusI don’t see raptors single every day here in Brooklyn, but it sure seems like it averages out that way. Take this weekend. Yesterday morning, before I was fully awake, I looked out the window and saw a Cooper’s Hawk above a confusion of pigeons over towards 4th Avenue. After breakfast: there was a male American Kestrel perched on the tall antenna above the intersection of 40th Street and 5th Avenue. He was flushed by a pair of crows, who flew over to St. Michael’s, which is where I often see Peregrines. This antenna is usually festooned with Starlings; there was a Red-tail on it Friday and a Merlin has been spotted up there as well.

Later in the morning, a Red-shouldered Hawk flew by the apartment! That was a first. I’ve seen them before (here’s a pretty good picture from Croton Point) but not from my view up here on the Harbor Hill Moraine.

The Red-shouldered was heading away by the time I got my binoculars on it, probably the worst view of a bird you could ask for, but over the park it wheeled around, showing me the tell-tale striped tail and “windows” on the wings. That makes for seven species of raptor I’ve seen from my apartment window: Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine, Merlin, Kestrel, Cooper’s Hawk, Osprey, and now Red-shouldered Hawk.

Accipiter cooperiiLater in the day, I actually got out of the house. In Green-Wood, I had excellent views of a Cooper’s that went head-first after a female Belted Kingfisher, who screamed bloody murder while escaping. A Red-tailed Hawk ambled by as the Cooper’s parked itself in a Sweetgum, as pictured above. Falco sparveriusLater, a Kestrel landed on the neo-gothic pile of Green-Wood’s main entrance. This was also a male, so could have been the same bird I’d seen six hours, and 15 blocks, earlier.

On Saturday, I saw Red-tailed Hawks over Sunset Park and in Green-Wood, where I also had a Cooper’s overhead, and a Merlin jumping between three trees.

I tweet my Daily Raptor sightings at Twitter.

And did you hear about the kleptocracy?
Trump’s “Cauldron of Corruption.
Trump’s crony capitalism, which should really be called “gangster capitalism.”
A cheat sheet, of Trump’s scandals.
Trump is corrupt AF.

Well, Hello Autumn!

Anas clypeataA trio of female Northern Shovelers (Anas clypeata), the first I’ve seen this season, were on the never-more-appropriately named Sylvan Water. Anas clypeataThe water is all agleam with the late afternoon gold of the season. No filter, just the usual “Auto” setting on my camera.

A gold so much lovelier than the smears of gilt favored by strongmen the world over. It never hurts to refresh one’s mind with Orwell’s essay on “Politics and the English Language.”

Still Skipping

img_1287What a late, endless fall. This picture of a skipper was from last Friday, and there was at least one other of these quirky butterflies still working these amazingly productive ground-hugging buddleia.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m going full Thoreau in these posts. The inspiration for this blog was both a naturalist and a citizen. How could I be anything but?

Raptor Wednesday

Buteo jamaicensisButeo jamaicensis
Buteo jamaicensisButeo jamaicensisJourney around an adult Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). The bird flew low over a veritable herd of Golden-crowned Kinglets, more than I’ve ever seen before, scattering them hither and yon, before perching not so high off the ground. The brick-red tail of the year-old-plus bird shows very nicely in the sun here.

Take heart: Bush II’s wholesale assault on the Constitution only went so far. There are lessons there for the resistance to the ever-growing evidence, I mean if you didn’t pay attention during the election, of Trump’s autocratic methods.

Also: an interesting analysis of racist provocation and its political uses.

Woodcock Wednesday

Scolopax minorScolopax minor, the American Woodcock, blending in with the leaves. Scolopax minorA lesson for today? Blend with the leaves, probe with the bill, and resist!


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