On Swainson’s Day

Today I saw so many Swainson’s Thrushes they were uncountable. Many Northern Fickers, some fall warblers and a few early White-throated and Lincoln’s Sparrows and a Junco.

Mist and After

We started the day early when it was still foggy this Sunday, September 17, in Central Park. I hoped for Fall warblers but didn’t see many today. If I take the time to look I can always find some interesting things to photograph.

3 Birds and a Spicebush

I saw a good number of migrants at Strawberry Fields on September 9, 2017. Not many elsewhere. It was a gorgeous day with a hint of Fall in the air.

 

 

Birds Butterflies Flowers NYC

I’ve been taking it easy and not posting frequently. Photographs from some recent trips to Jamaica Bay NWR and Central Park, New York City.

May Birds 2

Last one of a set of 4 posts. The Grey Catbirds arrived in what seemed like one day. The little female Scarlet Tanager looks exhausted by the journey. It is getting very hot, time for baths. On May 16th, there was a huge termite hatch out in New York after the rains. This coincided with a record number of warblers (did they know this?). A feast was had by all. This starling kept coming for beakfulls at a time for its family. The bullfrog may have been hoping for a careless warbler to fly by.

May Birds 1

These are some of the larger migrants. Some will stay. Blue Jays are in Central Park year-round. I managed to capture a liquid drop at the end of the Oriole’s bill while it was feeding on the Tulip Tree blossoms. Nighthawks are rarely seen. Word got out, and we flocked to see it in a tree overlooking Azalea Pond.

 

May Warblers 2

Here is the second set. I need to get out there and photograph some more before Spring migration is over.

May Warblers 1

Tuseday this week was the best day for Spring warblers in Central Park. I will post my May photographs over the next few days. Hope you enjoy them.

 

Blue Grosbeak

A Blue Grosbeak (probably first year) has been staying by the bee hives in Battery Park, New York City this week. I was lucky, I didn’t nead to search or wait, there it was. The bird looks a bit scruffy and feather worn, but seems to be surviving well by bashing bees to death and eating them.