Posts Tagged 'Green-Wood'

No. Ro. Wi.

Rare to see a swallow perched. Yet Northern Rough-winged Swallows, they of the long name, seem to do it more than the Barn and Tree Swallows they were sharing the Sylvan Water’s insects with.

Stelgidopteryx serripennis, scraper wing saw feather.

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop


Raptor Wednesday

When I spotted this male American Kestrel on the ground and some of the smaller tombstones, I thought, whoa, a way of hunting I’ve never seen before! But look at that left wing. It’s damaged. I followed. This, of course, made the bird move away from me. I formulated a make-shift falcon-catching situation out of a canvas tote bag, but the bird went into a thicket of conifers. This upset some Cardinals and Towhees terribly. The thicket effectively blocked my view of his exit, but I caught a glimpse of him on the next rise. As I approached, an unleafed shrub blocked my view for a second or two. And then he was gone. I have no idea what happened to him. I circled the area twice, going further out each time, but could not spot him again. I also looked hard under that shrub.

I wondered if this bird was the male nesting locally. The wing plumage looked different, but I couldn’t be sure if that was because of the way the bird was carrying his damaged wing. I didn’t confirm that the local #BrooklynKestrels male was flying and killing prey until four hours later. This was the very day I suspect the female started incubating. His loss would have been a disaster for the nest.

Portrait of a Kingfisher

Female Belted Kingfisher. I half wondered if the binomial Megaceryle alcyon had anything to do with big hair…. The genus name is from the Greek for “great sea bird,” or a king fisher, if you will. The specific epithet is from a Greek myth: Alcyon mourned so for her drowned husband that the gods turned them both into kingfishers. (The Common Kingfisher you’ll find in Greece is Alcedo atthis.)

Raptor Wednesday

Other American Kestrels. Six or seven blocks away from home as the falcon flies is Green-Wood Cemetery. From one corner of the cemetery, you can see the top corner of my apartment building, so naturally I wonder if the #BrooklynKestrels pair have hunted there.This is a male I saw recently in Green-Wood, above Sylvan Water. He had just captured a very small bird. I think it may have been a Golden-crowned Kinglet, because I had just spotted a couple of them.  And the kestrel zoomed by me right after that, heading up to this perch, where he rather quickly devoured the prey.I don’t think this is our neighbor, however. I’m not a 100% positive, but his black chest spots definitely look larger.

Earth Day

I’m a 24/7/365 celebrator of Earth — doubters could start with oxygen — but here, for the official Earth Day, are some of the avian life forms who’ve visited my part of the ol’ oblate spheroid this week.For instance, this Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) hawking for insects over water for days. Wowza!And this Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) doing much the same, but ranging a little further afield.Pity I couldn’t get a frontal view of this male Blue Grosbeak (Passerina cerulean) with the camera, though. Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus). It’s often hard to see the eponymous red eyes, but this one was very obliging. While it looks like the bird’s lower bill is broken, I think that there is just something in it.Kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus.

What riches!

“If all the world is a commodity, how poor we grow. When all the world is a gift in motion, how wealthy we become.” ~ Robin Wall Kimmerer

Sweet Carolinas

Carolina Wrens. Thryothorus ludovicianus. Two at the Dell Water. Full-throated.This one was rooting about in a crotch of a tree about six feet up.

Yup, that’s mostly raccoon shit.


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