Tuesday, May 15, 2018

More springtime visitors

It's been a great springtime bird migration, with a lot of interesting visitors passing through the city.  Below are some recent highlights from Battery Park, Central Park and Governors Island.

A Black-and-white warbler sizes up its next meal.

Black and white warbler sizing up breakfast

A Common Yellowthroat.



A Yellow warbler.

Yellow warbler

A Myrtle warbler.

Myrtle warbler

A Northern Parula.


You know spring is here when the Tree Swallows return to nest.

Tree swallow

Tree swallow

Black-throated Blue warbler.

Black-throated blue warbler

As blue-colored birds go, there's nothing quite like an Indigo Bunting.  I saw this one for about two seconds before some loud people scared him away.

Indigo bunting

An American Redstart. They always seem to lurk in the shadows.


An Ovenbird.


A male Scarlet Tanager.

Scarlet tanager

The female Scarlet Tanager.

Scarlet tanager

One of my all-time favorites, the Gray Catbird.  You can listen to some of their "cat calls" here.


A Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

A Northern Flicker.



This particular Flicker shares an apartment house with a squirrel.  The squirrel didn't seem to have a problem napping while the Flicker hammered away on the wall. 

Sleeping despite all the hammering on the wall

Finally, it's time to take the kids to the pool...


I've seen so many different birds lately, there's more to come!


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