Thursday, January 26, 2017

Seeing red

In the dreary heart of winter, it's nice to see a pop of color.

This brilliant red male cardinal was foraging in a local community garden when I heard his chipping call.

Cardinal

He's got quite the Mohawk!

Cardinal

In a nearby tree, a radiant orange female responded with her own calls. They might not have liked me stumbling into their little bit of paradise.

Cardinal

Cardinal

Meanwhile, this male yellow-bellied sapsucker was much more curious, getting very close and appearing to check me out.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 

At the entrance to Tompkins Square Park at Avenue A and 9th Street, a sapsucker has left sap wells in the trunk of a holly. 

Evidence of a sapsucker 

It's worth revisiting the holly to see if any sap is flowing and if any other birds are sipping it.