Monday, June 2, 2014

Nesting season

The flow of migrants has pretty much dried up, and the resident nesting birds are dominating Central Park. The first broods of Robins fledged a couple of weeks back, and many nests are still active. Starlings, Grackles, and House Sparrows are tending their first crops of fledglings as well. Cardinals are nesting all over, and so are various woodpeckers. A number of Warbling Vireos and at least two Red-Eyed Vireos are singing in and near the Ramble, so presumably are nesting, as are Eastern Kingbirds at the Upper Lobe at least.

And then there's this:

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Ruby-Throated Hummingbird on nest, Central Park

A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, on a nest near the Upper Lobe. They don't usually nest in Central Park. I'm trying to fid out if that's ever happened before, in fact.

That nest is about the size of an espresso cup. It's made largely of spiderwebs and a bit of plant material. Usually there's some lichen stuck on the outside--I'm not sure this one is finished yet.

The next few weeks will be interesting.

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