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.
He's got quite the Mohawk!
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.
Meanwhile, this male yellow-bellied sapsucker was much more curious, getting very close and appearing to check me out.
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.
It's worth revisiting the holly to see if any sap is flowing and if any other birds are sipping it.