The third bird down is a composite image.
Photographed using a Nikon D750 with a Sigma 150-600 mm lens in Central Park Tuesday April 11. I find that my big lens can work a lot like a macro.
I actually photographed these on Tuesday April 11 in Central Park and processed them next day. So the title is not totally wrong.
One of those lucky shots.
The Red-headed Woodpecker has been there all winter but I was unable to get to that part of the park to see it until now. A terrible bunch of photos of it, but they are mine.
During a brief late afternoon visit to Central Park on April 5, 2017 I captured a few early Spring migrants.
The first one is digital art and the rest are photographs taken in Shakespeare Garden, Central Park, New York City.
A Group of Woodcocks (aka Timberdoodle) is called a Fall. New York City just experienced a massive fallout of a huge Fall of Woodcocks after the snow storm. The last couple of days were great days for birders. I saw more Woodcock yesterday in Central Park than I have ever seen in my entire life, 11 of perhaps hundreds. I also saw a Wilson’s Snipe. It isn’t so good for the Woodcocks. The poor Woodcocks were not expecting a snow storm to get in the way of their migration: Many have died hitting buildings; hawks and falcons are dining on them; and cold is also a problem. They have been seen huddled together, probably to stay warm. Normally I rarely see any because they are so well camouflaged. They sure stand out against the snow. In Central Park they are hanging out by streams looking for food. I hope they survive and continue north to breed soon.
If you find an injured Woodcock put it in a paper bag and get it to a bird rehabilitator, like the Wild Bird Fund in NYC. See what to do with an injured bird. Their beaks are delicate and they need to be in something soft like a bag. More about Woodcocks at Cornell.
An Early Bird Gets Caught in the Snowstorm, New York Times March 17, 2017
Also see American Woodcock Event in Central Park March 15 – 17, 2017 by Anders Peltomaa. I created and maintain the Linnaean Society of NY’s website.
Woodcock in a stream in Central Park
The Wilson’s Snipe
I don’t suppose I need to warn you that this is a composite of the same bird. 🙂
Common Grackle on thin ice – a composite.
This White-throated Sparrow came right up to me to look me over. It was hard to focus so close in.