Continuing on from the last post about summer at Governors Island, below are highlights from June and July.
Baby Tree Swallows:
Tree swallows nested on the island and it was a joy to watch the parents tirelessly catch insects and bring them back to their nest box.
Dad arrives with lunch.
Mom does a feeding.
Along with baby swallows, the island hosted a pair of cute baby Canada Geese.
Detail of the pin feathers:
Meanwhile, Yellow-Crowned Night Herons were on the other side of the island sitting on a nest of eggs.
Cedar Waxwings hunted insects in the moat around Ft Jay.
Red-Winged Blackbirds also nested on the island and their calls could be heard throughout the island. Below is a youngster.
Immature Barn Swallows flocked together in the western part of the island.
A Laughing Gull in breeding plumage:
Herring Gulls nested in an unused part of the island. Below, a baby struts its stuff.
What I enjoy most is seeing different species mix together peacefully. Below, a crow watches over five ducklings.
More to come...