Three females diving right at edge of reservoir building.
Planted December 2014 in Brower Park, Brooklyn, NY. Cross index map: 3
Planted December 2014 in Brower Park, Brooklyn, NY. Cross index map: 2
Planted December 2014 in Brower Park, Brooklyn, NY. Cross index map: 1
Not often you can bag a life bird on your lunch hour. This lost soul from the lower Rio Grande valley has been wintering in NYC, 2 subway stops from my office. We are all pulling for it to survive the winter. It should, if it can find enough to eat. The color in this photo is true -- the bird is bright, bright tropical yellow.
On this cold and windy day the bird seems to have been sticking to sheltered and sunny locations. I was told by a helpful fellow birder that it has recently been favoring the trees & fire escapes around the corner of 4th St. & 11th St. (yes, they intersect -- that's the Village for you), particularly the white building on the NE corner. And indeed, it was refound about half an hour later on the top fire escape of the next building to the east. It moves around a known radius of several blocks (www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zl-HFGXvzzzA.krOtfEivjTYE), not staying in any one place long, so I was very lucky to get it on my 1st try. (Contrast that to the Var*ied Thrush from a couple of yrs ago, which was reliably inhabiting a single tiny patch of Central Park. Reliable for everybody but me, that is. It took me 4 tries to get that bird.) The kingbird was not around when I 1st arrived, so I checked its various known haunts around the West Village. I was taking 1 more look at this hotspot on my way back to the subway. But so intent was I on the fire escapes far above that I almost missed the knot of half a dozen birders 15 meters away, gesticulating animatedly to me.
Magnification: .4x, Location: Hallett Nature Sanctuary, Central Park, New York City
Isn't it time to migrate?
Tree with white, puffy flowers
Union Square Park