Saturday, February 28, 2015

Keeping warm

Goose down comforters are warm. Huddles are warm.  Oh, when will warm weather return?
I guess the answer is, "Soon. Be patient!"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The redpoll

The redpoll is in town, not the first time, won't be the last. There's food here and there and places to roost.  I'm roosting too, AT HOME.  This is no weather to be strolling in the park.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Who,"hoo" knows when it will warm up????  Tired of snow and slosh.  But at least we're not Boston.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Frigid weather

I've taken a long pause from photographing birds. It's no fun being out in the frigid air or slogging through snow/ice. However, that doesn't mean I have not seen activity. There are at least 16 mourning doves in the back garden. There are seeds on the ground and bushes for protection which is very good, because there are two young red tail hawks who tour this area for food. There are a couple of blue jays, a pair of cardinals, and two hearty robins who never left town.  Every once in a while the redbelly woodpecker works the trees in the center garden and the yellow bellied sapsucker works the trees on the 69th street driveway. I've even see the sapsucker at the base of the trees and on the ground looking for bits of food. No worry. Birds know how to survive.  On Amsterdam and Broadway the starlings, pigeons and sparrows know how to pick up any food that's been dropped, - pizza, spaghetti, chicken wings, bread, fruit cake,- found delights.  I saw one starling grab a frozen grape in front of Fairway. Normally it would have pecked at the grape, but it wasn't going to put that grape down because another starling would have grabbed it and since the grape was frozen solid it was stuck in its mouth. I watched that starling jump up and down until the grape slid down the hatch.  That was the first time I'd seen that maneuver. When the hawks come in for food the crows come screaming. Aggressive crows. If the crows are impossible the hawks head east along 69th street. Eventually it will warm up and it will be a pleasure to go out roaming.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Frigid weather

Nuthatch out and about
Carolina wren looking for food
I hate being out when the weather is frigid, but that doesn't mean that I'm not seeing birds. There was a sapsucker in our driveway yesterday, on the ground, pecking at ice and salt bits. It was also going around the big trees at the base of each tree human ankle height.  The day before the starlings were hanging around in front of the market at Broadway and 74th street. One starling picked up a grape, a frozen solid grape. It got the grape into its mouth then jumped up and down until the grape slip down the hatch. Never saw that behavior before.  The week before there were four red tail hawks floating above the school yard at 76th and Columbus. Crows screamed at them, but eventually the crows left.
I'm also busy with opera documentation which is keeping me from hiking around with camera.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The titmice

There are bits to eat where we can't see them, but the little bright-eyed titmice find the bits. Charmers.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


We've got a nice flock of seed-hunting white throated sparrows.
The juncos are also working the lawn.
Multiples in camera, fun time
Hermits still hanging around.
I watched starlings eating sliced turkey on Broadway, but didn't have camera in hand, alas.