Saturday, December 21, 2013

Rusty BB & GWC report

From Klemens:

Dear Peter, our 3 wonderful Rusty Blackbirds are still around. This morning feeding at the phragmites across wellhouse enjoying the warm weather. Attached is a photo and more on my webpage and here

Warm regards, Klemens


Greenwood Cemetery , Tom Preston

Jo Ann and I had an enjoyable birding visit to Green-wood Cemetery today.

This was a much more relaxing experience for me than last weekend, when I participated in the Christmas Bird Count all day both days (for Brooklyn & Queens), plus the Brooklyn compilation count diner on Saturday evening

Temperatures were quite warm, although the ponds were still mostly frozen, and there was still some snow remaining from Tuesday's snowfall on North-facing slopes, as evidenced in the Great Blue Heron shots in the link below.

The frozen conditions meant that we saw no ducks, although the Canada Geese seemed to be only slightly inconvenienced.

The birding highlight was undoubtedly the immature Red-Headed Woodpecker near the main entrance. This bird was reported by others a couple of days ago. We relocated it rather easily. We got great views, but terrible photos, (Seen at Battle and Arbor Avenues)

We saw all the Brooklyn woodpeckers today. In addition to the Red-Headed the Red-bellied Woodpeckers were common as always, plus Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4 of those)

It was generally quiet, but there were hotspots of activity, particularly near the main entrance, and at the Heath Path.

Our eBird report is at the following link:

Best wises for the season to all!

- Tom & Jo Ann