The New Jersey Audubon hosted a bird walk in Central Park with Pete Dunne. I was only able to say a short time, but I saw great birds (above), met some really terrific birders, and even watched a fight.
So, I thought I saw an injured sparrow on the ground, but …
It wasn’t alone; it was a serious fight between two males over a female
Here’s what they were fighting over …
Here is a statue of Romeo and Juliet. We met at the Delacorte Theater, and that’s where the sparrows were nesting under the eaves. there were actually quite a number of nests.
This is Eric Stiles, President and CEO of NJ Audubon addressing the group.
Here is Pete Dunne and me
Pat Brentano, Jamie Koufman, Joe Grillo
The Cumberland Country Winter Eagle Festival was held this weekend in Mauricetown, NJ (near Cape May). The Glades Wildlife Refuge (shown below) is home to literally dozens of Bald eagles. Over the past two days, I personally saw at least a dozen Bald eagles as well as many Red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and Turkey vultures.
There were beautiful eagles almost everywhere around Cumberland County. Apparently, the habitat is almost ideal for nesting. In the sequence (four photos below), that mating pair put on quite a show. (Note: The male is on the left and the female on the right.)
The real highlight of this trip for me was meeting Pete and Linda Dunne. Pete’s is the retired director of the Cape May Bird Observatory. Pete (and Linda) are giants in the birding world, and Pete is a great writer. I think I have most all of his books, three favorites are Golden Wings, Hawks in Flight, and The Feather Quest.
This Red-tailed’s name is Aldora (“Winged Gift”); she is an “educational bird,” and she was on display as a terrific hawk ambassador at the show from the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge.
There were Turkey vultures everywhere, too.
This is Turkey Point in the Glades Wildlife Refuge.
Starling all puffed out for insulation
House sparrow all puffed out, too.
Sparrows not puffed
Common Redpoll in the Ramble (Sun., Jan. 25th)
Birders at the feeders in the Central Park Ramble. Most wanted to see the Common Redpoll — and he was accommodating (below) — though my photos weren’t great.
Chipping Sparrow in the Ramble (Sun., Jan. 25, 2015)
Scram! (Titmouse turf war)
The Central Park Reservoir
This Couch’s Kingbird has been hanging out in the West Village (Manhattan NYC 10014) in my neighborhood for days. Apparently, this bird has never been seen in New York before: its normal range is Texas and Mexico. I took these photos in the Bleecker Street Playground and on Bank Street on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at about noon.
Here’s the Playground, and across the street was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
This bird hunts from Central Park South (CPS).I have seen him here several evenings at about 4 p.m. Looking over his shoulder at me in this photo, it is almost as if he were saying, “Yes, I know that I have to watch my back, here.” (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)
The first time I saw him, he was high in the sky over the buildings of CPS pursuing a flock of starlings. And he caught one, which he consumed while sitting on the Trump Park Hotel. This is him digesting, perched near Columbus Circle, that is at the corner of CPS and Central Park West.
It is possible that this red-tailed hawk is “Junior,” one of the offspring of Pale Male, for more about Pale Male, here’s his Wikipedia site. The story of Pale Male is very cool, and like Henry VIII, Pale Male has had eight wives.
On Friday, December 12, 2014, I received a text from my friend, Fran. She also lives in Bermuda Run (NC) and she is the best birder I know. Her text message read, “I am talking to humming bird experts this morning about what to do about this one who is hanging out here. My yard man is going to try to help me do something to keep her food from freezing. Yesterday, before I could get new out, she was trying to drink from a frozen-solid feeder.” The photo below was attached. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
What this shows is actually a humming bird feeder with a heat lamp on it.
Two days later (Dec. 14th), I photographed this female Rufous hummer. Fran explained that the bird was sleeping in a holly bush near the heating vent for the house and then coming back to the feeder about every 45 minutes.
On Monday, December 15th, Susan Campbell, an expert and researcher on humming birds, came to band the bird … and confirm that she was a female Rufous.
They also put an orange mark on her head to indicate that she had been banded.
On Christmas Eve, I texted Fran, “What a Christmas gift she is … let us call her “Star,” like the Star of Bethlehem, okay?”
Star stayed with Fran through Christmas. Friday, December 26th at 4.45 p.m. was the last time she was seen. We believe that when the wind direction shifted from the south to the north, she flew.
Star was a very special Christmas gift for all of us who were lucky enough to see her … and for that gift, we are very grateful.
Here are a Northern Cardinal couple that are regulars at my house in Bermuda Run (North Carolina), near Winston Salem. Here is what happened: one morning last spring (2014), I was sitting outside on my deck in Bermuda Run. In stead of hearing street noise like in New York, all I heard was birds singing. The contrast was striking.
An hour later, I went to my favorite store, ACE Hardware, and purchased a bird bath and some bird feeders …
Within a short time, that same morning that I put up my stuff, a beautiful Cardinal came around …
This bird flittered back and forth between two trees, with each pass never landing on the feeder. This kept up for about 45 ,minutes. An then, he sent in his wife …
Flitter and Maude have become good friends, whom I see every day that I am in Bermuda Run. It is because of them that I became an avid birder. And, they had two babies this year. Three photos of the male, Woodstock, are shown in the post below; and the gorgeous young female, Lola, is shown in the “Birds of 2104” post below that with ***