Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The annual Phoebe Challenge

The Eastern Phoebes are beginning to arrive in the New York City area. Today Rob Jett [] reported  the sighting of a pair of phoebes in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery.  And now for the annual challenge: Who will spot the first Central Park Phoebe?

 Eastern Phoebe--Central Park -- 3-28-08  --  Photo by DAVID SPEISER

Monday, March 10, 2014

The 19th year of Fatherhood commences*

 Pale Male & mate [Octavia] on nest on Sunday, March 9, 2014

The news was first reported on the web site:
"Octavia appears to have laid at least one egg. She did not leave the nest all afternoon."

And that news was reported to me this morning by photographer Murray Head. Many, many thanks, Murray!

* Pale Male's first chicks were hatched in 1995. Next year we'll have to celebrate a 20th anniversary.

Sunday, March 09, 2014


Red-necked Grebe --- photo via Wikipedia

At 1:40 today Peter Post reported, on nysbirds-L:

Red-necked grebe on reservoir. Now.