Battery Park Flowers

I planned to meet up with the Sierra Photo NYC group at Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan. I arrived way too early and it was raining. There was no where dry to sit so I decided to leave after taking a few photographs.

Central Park LS

Landscapes and spring flowers in March.

Central Park Birds

I snuck in one turtle.

Flaco the Eagle-owl

Flaco the famous Eurasian Eagel-0wl escaped form the Central Park zoo on February 2, 2023. He has managed very well. I finally took a trip to the park to see him for myself on March 21. He was napping in his new favorite tree over a waterfall in the Lock. Perhaps he likes the sound of the waterfall.

New York Times article March 5, 2023: Why We Love Flaco, the Escaped Owl – The New York Times

Bryant Park Woodcock

Bryant Park is an oasis for migrating American Woodcock or Timberdoodle. Perhaps the wall of buildings causes the low flying birds to drop out of the sky at night. And Bryant Park has greenery to hide in and worms for them to feed on before they move on.

We were lucky this time to see one sitting under a bush with an audience of birders surrounding it. Many times when I’ve gone there during migration I haven’t found any Woodcocks.

I love their oscillating sowing machine walk. Timberdoodles are adorable.

Central Park Birds of Prey

We say Red-tailed hawks, Cooper’s hawks, and a Great Horned Owl on Sunday. It was a good day for seeing raptors.

Central Park Wren

We heard the Carolina wren singing its sweet little “teakettle” song which led us to the bird. The wren might be making a nest in the log. You can see the wren’s shadow on the log in the third photograph.

Central Park Three

We went to Central Park with the Linnaean Society of NY on a birding trip on Sunday 3/12/2023. It has been a long time since I’ve been to the park. It was lovely seeing my old friends. Richard Z led the trip and did an excellent job finding us birds. I will post some of the highlights here and in the next several posts.