Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Governors Island 2017 - Part 2

Continuing on from the last post about summer at Governors Island, below are highlights from June and July.

Baby Tree Swallows:

Hungry 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.

Feed me!

Dad arrives with lunch.

Here comes dad

Mom does a feeding.

Feeding time

Baby tree swallow

Along with baby swallows, the island hosted a pair of cute baby Canada Geese.

Goslings with pin feathers

Detail of the pin feathers:

Detail of pin feathers

Meanwhile, Yellow-Crowned Night Herons were on the other side of the island sitting on a nest of eggs.

Yellow-crowned night heron

Cedar Waxwings hunted insects in the moat around Ft Jay.

Cedar waxwing

Red-Winged Blackbirds also nested on the island and their calls could be heard throughout the island. Below is a youngster.

Blackbird

Blackbird

Immature Barn Swallows flocked together in the western part of the island.

Barn swallows

Barn swallow

A Laughing Gull in breeding plumage:

Laughing gull

Herring Gulls nested in an unused part of the island. Below, a baby struts its stuff.

Baby herring gull

What I enjoy most is seeing different species mix together peacefully.  Below, a crow watches over five ducklings.

Unusual babysitter

More to come...