Friday, March 21, 2014

Red-tails in Love [the live version]

Photo By MURRAY HEAD - 3/20/2014 [day of the Vernal Equinox].

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ed Gaillard reports TODAY on the NYSBIRDS-L website:

The Red-Necked Grebe continues on the Central Park Reservoir; currently sleeping near the north pumphouse.
Red-necked Grebe - 6/3/09 - photo by DAVID SPEISER

Monday, March 17, 2014

Fan mail re "duckage"

On Mar 17, 2014, at 9:33 AM, amy campbell wrote:
From a long-time correspondent, AMY CAMPBELL:

 Hi Marie  and Murray across the latitudes and years,

I loved the  duckage of yesterday and the Beatles quote.  I had the exact same thought yesterday watching a neat collection of species feeding on something that I could not find that was dropping from trees.  They were all hopping and dashing in an area on the pavement of a very quiet side road where I am in Georgia and included;

Northern cardinal
Grey Catbird
Eastern Bluebirds ( 3 - two males and a female, the males flashing their blue backs in the sun)
Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Yellow-rumped warbler

We watched them for quite a while.  The bluebirds' colors in the filtered sunlight was very wonderful!

Thanks for the equally wonderful post!


amy campbell
rockport, me

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Another Great Duck Story from MURRAY HEAD

Hi Marie,

A Spring Awakening at The Reservoir.

I started off at the 59th Street Pond, where this Coot seemed to be saying to the Woody... "Who does your feathers?!"

Along the way were the regulars:

Then The Reservoir.
What a variety... and plenty of action too.
They were grooming and bathing, courting, quacking, floating, soaring, dabbling and diving.

Aside from so many really beautiful birds... 
(including what appeared to be a penguin)
What really impressed me was how well they all got along.
Echos from Paul McCartney lyrics... came to mind:
"Live Together in Perfect Harmony"
"Oh Lord, Why Don't We?"

[Murray: Could that be your penguin???  Marie]

Yes our special visitor was there too… but too far out to get a good close-up
[See post of March 09]]

Murray Head