Sunday, September 24, 2006

On Thursday the 21st I had an hour or so to spend in Central Park and hustled through The Ramble, around the Lake and made my way to Belvedere Castle(pictured) not in that order. I was rewarded with a Swainson's Thrush, a Northern Pintail (both firsts)a song sparrow and the usual Robins (lots) mallards, catbirds,cardinals, a black and white warblers and other elusive creatures I couldn't spend time to ID.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

On Monday the 18th I left work for 90 minutes or so and walked over to Central Park for a bit of birding. I went to the Ramble, mostly, though I also went around the lake. It was slow. I saw a Wood Thrush, some Redstarts and Robins, a Cardinal, Catbirds, and a Northern Waterthrush. The big sight of the day was a red tailed hawk. It was pointed our to me by a woman watching the bird. He was on a low branch about 20 yards away. We watched for a while, and I saw him take a massive pee, he just raised up his rump and squirted. I had never seen that before. I had to move on, and the hawk moved on. A little bit further along the path I saw the bird again and I asked a woman with bins, "Did you see the red-tail?"
She was extremely brusque in replying: "It's a Cooper's hawk."
I said, "Oh. Some woman told me it was a red-tail."
"IT's a Cooper's Hawk," she applied, even more brusquely.
Oh, well, it was a nice bird.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

This Mute Swan swims serenely in the lake of Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ, in the 1930s. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart looms in the background.

Friday, September 01, 2006

A good day for birding. I went to Montclair, hoping to spot some birds in Mills reservation off Normal Ave. No luck there: a couple of Mourning Doves. Anderson Park, ditto: an American Crow, house sparrows, starlings...
So I returned to Aunt Pat's house.In her yard, in short order I saw:
two Gold Finches
scads of Cardinals
House Sparrows
American Redstarts
two Ruby Throated Hummingbirds
Chestnut-Sided Warbler(my first)
Downy Woodpecker
Mourning Doves.
Egrets, Blue Herons, on the train ride through the Medowlands coming and going.