Greenbrook

Our first outing to Greenbrook Nature Sanctuary, Bergen Co., NJ, in our new VW Jetta “James.”

Ward Pound Ridge Res

On the second day with the rental car, after a later than desired start, we arrived at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation around 9:30 am on May 21st.

The highlight of the day was the Pileated Woodpecker deep in the woods on the FH trail by Fox Hill. It was very far away. I was lucky to get a blurry couple of photos at 600mm. We saw about 26 species of birds, but not many butterflies. Tiger Swalllowtails, Cabage Whites, Silver-spotted Skipper, and a Mourning Cloak.

The second gallery is landscapes and plants. I would like to know the names of all the insects. I sent some of the pictures to bugguide.net.

Tomorrow I’ll show part two of the trip – Jamaica Bay.

Doodletown

We rented a car to free our wings for a bit. Doodletown is an hour out of New York City by the Hudson River. It is a steep walk on dirt paths past old foundations of a hamlet.

The first set is flora and landscapes and the second is avian. The highlight of the day was the nesting Redstart. The indigo bunting was one quick shot from the back.

Planting Fields 3

The last of 3 posts. This one covers mixed flowers and plants found in the greenhouse. The last 5 were photographed on the grounds.

Planting Fields 2 Camellias

We spent hours photographing the Camellias. This is a small sample.

I used my Nikon D750 with an AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED lens and a Sony DSC-RX10M4 camera.