Monday, December 30, 2013

Out with the old...

The year winds down. I may get out to the park briefly tomorrow morning, but today was my last real day of birding for 2013.

It was cold and cloudy, but Turtle Pond had thawed and there were a bunch of Mallards, a couple of Wood Ducks, and the prettiest American Black x Mallard drake I've ever seen:

Ed Gaillard: recent &emdash; American Black X Mallard hybrid drake, Turtle Pond, Central Park

He was pointed out to me by a young birder whose name I didn't catch. There was a female hybrid and a couple of pure Black Ducks as well, and the Pond was visited by a young Sharp-Shinned Hawk. He made a couple of passes at the ducks.

Ed Gaillard: recent &emdash; Juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk vs Ducks, Turtle Pond, Central Park

That didn't work out very well.

Looking for the Long-Eared Owl didn't work out, either; the pine he had been in was occupied by a sleeping raccoon.

At Evodia, things were busy. The Baltimore Orioles were about, as were a pair of very confiding Brown Creepers.

Ed Gaillard: recent &emdash; Brown Creeper, Central Park (Evodia)

Best wishes for the New Year.

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