Sunday, October 26, 2014

Welcome to the working week

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Central Park
excitable boy, they all said

It's Kinglet season! Walking through the Ramble, you'll see dozens of them. There are also sparrows coming through, like this juvenile White-crowned Sparrow.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; White-Crowned Sparrow, Central Park
the young and the restless

We're also seeing a lot of Winter Wrens. I saw a half-dozen in a half-hour walk one day. I don't remember seeing such concentrations before.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Winter Wren, Central Park
winter is coming

There are migrants on the streets of the city as well. Last Monday morning as I hurried in to work, this Common Yellowthroat popped out of a tree pit on 40th Street near Park Avenue.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Common Yellowthroat, Park Avenue and 40th Street

Raptor migration is in full swing, too; Monday ended with a Peregrine Falcon followed by a Bald Eagle soaring over Grand Central Station heading south-southeast.

Meanwhile life for the city residents continues apace. We can all enjoy the landscaping around the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue:

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; House Sparrow, NY Public Library, Fifth Avenue
getting a street snack on Fifth Avenue

By the way, the reports from Randall's Island the last couple of days are amazing--Nelson's, Saltmarsh, Vesper, Eastern Meadowlark. If you have time to go there, it sounds wonderful.

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