Posts Tagged 'Green-Wood'


Another tree I can’t quite identify. Click for larger views of barky life.

Sap Sucker II

Back to this… birch?This time — and it was the same time as yesterday’s Tufted Titmouse, give or take a minute — a White-breasted Nuthatch is partaking of the sapsucker holes.In Green-Wood Cemetery at this time of year, you can go a good distance without seeing any birds. But when you come across them, the otherwise lack of activity gives you ample opportunity to just observe. And listen, of course. As to the nattering nabobs of nuthatches, for instance, a sound nearly omnipresent this winter.
Update: see below for notes about IDing this tree as a Betula nigra.

Meanwhile, two years into the Republican assault on life.

Sap Sucker I

Whatever this tree is, it had been roundly tapped by Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers over the years.And the little wells of sap attract others.
For instance:Here’s a Tufted Titmouse in early December. Check out those tiny toes getting footholds in the bark, in the sap holes.
Tomorrow: another visitor at the same time.

Raptor Wednesday

This Red-tailed Hawk sailed past me to land further up a slope in Green-Wood. Had it captured something? As you probably know, most raptor strikes come up empty. But not this time. Was it a thrush?This perch in a pine seemed to be an even better butcher’s block. (It gets gory from here).Visceral even.And within four minutes…It was all done.

Hunkering Down With Ardea herodias

November 25th.December 8th.December 9th. You will notice that the water is iced over in the last picture, making fishing problematic. With fish and frogs out of the picture, what is this young Great Blue Heron eating? Whatever it can catch, presumably, including birds and small mammals. I wonder if it’s policing the Dell Water for rats? A host of bird feeders have lately appeared there, meaning there may be gleanings for rats to scarf up at night.

It’s going to be a short night for a rat when it runs into this dude.

Raptor Wednesday

A screaming Blue Jay, a dark silhouette in the tree. If the bird sits still long enough — no guarantee with the jumpy Accipiters — maybe we can get around to the front end and……see if there’s a bit of color on the front end of the raptor situation. This is an adult Cooper’s Hawk. I almost always see juveniles, who have dark streaking up and down the chest instead of this russet banding. And I never see two adults in the same tree. This was a few minutes after spotting the first bird, which flew off only to land here. One of these birds was making a very curious sound. It sounded like a Blue Jay, actually (when in doubt about a bird sound, suspect the Blue Jays), but it was definitely one of these Accipiters. Because they both looked to be the same size, I think they were both females (the male Cooper’s is very much smaller than the female), so perhaps this sound was some intraspecies territorial trash-talk.

The nature of winter raptor watching: the anomaly in the trees. (Click to get a bigger version of this image.)

Hammer and Tongs

In the depths of a Callery pear tree, whose fruit was simultaneously being ravaged by Monk Parakeets, this determined Red-breasted Nuthatch hammered away at nuts ferreted out of a neighboring arborvitae. From food tree to anvil tree, over and over again.While Green-Wood has been awash in White-breasted Nuthatches, a few Red-breasted have been present as well. You just have to ferret them out like a seed in a cone.


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