This bone-chiller blustery day could be summed up by a bird that epitomized the BIG CHILL: a GREAT BLUE HERON.
When Mary and I went to Greenwood Cemetery after a brave trip to Red Hook Ikea area , with waves crashing upon the piers, when we came back to GWCemetery, we walked by a frozen stiff Great Blue Heron at Dellwater. As we walked by it, it was just a mere ten feet away , standing under a Hawthorne tree, not wanting to fly when in warmer spells it would certainly flush and fly away. I just happened to spot it out of the corner of my eye and whispered to Mary and pointed that way ( my left ).The poor thing was so cold....
That heron epitomized the type of day it was. Strong winds impacted all bird life except for the few pockets that offered shelter , like the Dell water and Crescent water, protected by high slopes and ridges. AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES dominated this area, numerous times we seeing them on the branches that touched the water, with likely air dry ness forcing them to the water to drink. They kept going from spot to spot. Mary spotted a female PURPLE FINCH among the AMGO at Dellwater branches . Another very interesting moment we never saw before, a flock of about 12 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS landing on floating leaves mass in Crescent water and bathing ! It was fascinating to watch them do this a few times.
At Dellwater, a RED-TAILED HAWK seemed to like us.A juvenile followed us all around; at one point while we stay by a crypt door out of the wind, the hawk flew towards us from the water other side and landed on a limb above us. After 5 minutes it took off, towards us ! Then a sweeping maneuver, its showed its belly and headed for the Crescent water. Cold days brings some great moments.
Down at Ikea Red Hook, all we could find was Mallards , Black Duck and GADWALLS and a pair of AMERICAN WIGEON. As expected ,the ducks were on the protective side of the pier /bulkhead but very interesting to see here at Ikea was that they were all sitting on large floating plastic booms. They stay out of the water with it being so rough ( as we observed whitecaps on the NY Harbor). Nothing else would be that nutty in open water.
I received only one report from Prospect, Keir's with reports of RUSTY BLACKBIRDs and BLUE-HEADED VIREO as some quality birds.
After this day, good to get out of the wind !
Nov 24, 2013 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
25 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose 30
Mute Swan 3
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1
Northern Shoveler 20
Ruddy Duck 45
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 4
Ring-billed Gull 5
Herring Gull 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1 Presumably a continuing bird. Foraging low at the SW end of Terrace Bridge (opposite the Maryland Monument).
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22689183@N00/11036275273/" title="Blue-headed Vireo, Prospect Park 11.24.13 by keir randall, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5473/11036275273_cec444b3ee.jpg" alt="Blue-headed Vireo, Prospect Park 11.24.13" /></a>
Blue Jay 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 4
European Starling 1
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 15
Northern Cardinal 5
Rusty Blackbird 2 Together in a tree at the edge of the Nethermead near Binnen Pool.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22689183@N00/11036174674/" title="Rusty Blackbird, Prospect Park 11.24.13 by keir randall, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5545/11036174674_5bc70f2727.jpg" alt="Rusty Blackbird, Prospect Park 11.24.13" /></a>
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 15
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Peter and Mary's list
date = 2013/11/25 site = GWC Great Blue Heron FROZEN STIFF! Canada Goose Mallard
Ruddy Duck Red-tailed Hawk 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker Blue Jay Northern Mockingbird White-throated Sparrow Song Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Northern Cardinal Red-winged Blackbird 12 Purple Finch female American Goldfinch 25 House Sparrow
date = 2013/11/25 site = Red Hook Ikea observers = Peter , Mary Bufflehead Gadwall American Black Duck Canada Goose American Wigeon Ikea Mallard Great Black-backed Gull Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull