Thursday, December 18, 2014

Warm day, bath day!

Wednesday morning came up sunny and unseasonably warm, and the birds took advantage by getting nice and clean. Pale Male took a dip at the southeast end of Turtle Pond, while a few Mallards dabbled nearby and a single Bufflehead fished.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; pale Male bathing, Turtle Pond
the royal bath

Over at the other end, starlings splashed around in a puddle.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Starling bathing, Central Park

Downtown, at Bryant Park, I was looking for the Ovenbird (didn't find it) when this weird apparition popped up in front of me.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Common Yellowthroat, Bryant Park
fresh from the bath

It took me a minute to figure out it was a Common Yellowthroat dripping wet from a dip in the park's fountain. People have been reporting a Common Yellowthroat in Bryant Park all autumn, but I hadn't seen it before. A very friendly bird--it accepted a few sunflower seeds and hopped all around me for a minute.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Common Yellowthroat, Bryant Park
fluffing dry

You can see it was drying off pretty quickly.

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