Thursday, January 15, 2015

First signs of Spring

Ed Gaillard: recent &emdash; Red-bellied Woorpecker

This morning I watched four Red-Bellied Woodpeckers converge on a tree at Azalea Pond in Central Park and have a full and frank exchange of views.  It was the first time this year I've heard Red-Bellieds giving their territorial "kwirr!" call.

Elsewhere in the Ramble, I watched a Hairy Woodpecker at work--large he was, and handsome; and had a brief glimpse of a Red-Breasted Nuthatch.  Those were both first-of-year sightings for me.

By the Ramble Arch, a House Finch sang loudly and persistently, trying to hasten the Spring.

Ed Gaillard: recent &emdash; A ramble though the Ramble (2)

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