Birds Beyond Pigeons and Gulls!

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Thank you for the lovely emails (and for being forgiven!) I’m taking things one step at a time and balancing all the work with nice walks in the spring weather! Last week, a friend I met during last year’s Maine and Hog Island trip visited NYC. While I took her around the city for a bit, she took me birdwatching within the beautiful Central Park. It was the perfect day to do it, and we had such a good time!

Of course all the while I was birdwatching and catching up, I was thinking of photos to take and post so you can learn along with me.  So here they are! This whole newfound love for birds began with my second grade’s bird study with the children – you’d be amazed how amazing birds actually are!

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My first sighting of the day was a White Throated Sparrow hopping around in the woods of the Ramble. Their song always sounds like the 4 note melody from Hunger Games.  haha

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This American Robin’s bright red-orange breast was quite hard to miss! They were just everywhere!

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This little fella, I think an English Sparrow, was preening continuously as I stood there watching. Hate to say it, but he’s pretty darn cute.

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The Red-Wing Blackbird was so loud that it wasn’t too hard to spot him!

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The birdfeeders by the Ramble was filled with many species of birds. These House and Chipping sparrows sure loved the seeds!

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This feeder was particularly attractive to the American Goldfinches. So pretty!

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Female and male Brown-headed Cowbirds. Did you know these birds got their name from following cattles? 

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Probably my favorite sighting of the day was this adorable Downy Woodpecker. Then it joined alongside a Northern Cardinal who did not want to smile for my camera but the woodpecker showed off its speed and wings as I clicked away!

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Lastly, these Goldfinches came back to say hello towards the end, and I luckily got a shot of the young male on the opposite side of an adult male on this bird feeder!

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To end our bird walk, we walked to the East Side by the boat pond and located Pale Male, the famous Red Tailed Hawk perching far away on a tall building.  Can you find him in this photo?

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In case you can’t, he’s in the middle towards the left side atop the railing.

I hope you had a blast in NYC, Anastasia, and thanks for the awesome nature walk and catch up!

As always, thanks for reading! xoxo

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