Friday, August 31, 2012


Red crossbills in the park, a Central Park first, Shakespeare Garden. There were six or seven, female (yellowish) and male (orangy red). Fascinating to watch. They like the pine nuts in the hemlock trees. Their bills are like pliers. They made me think of parrots.  Fun to watch.  Crunchers.

Nice variety

Catbird yelling about something. That's how I found it.
Not yelling.
Singing an opera. Well hidden wren, gorgeous aria.
Well fed silent common yellow throat, female.
Also "talking", young flicker.
Bye-bye birdy.
Totally uncooperative flycatcher. Close and camera shy.
The clearwing moths really turn me on. If one shows up I have to stand and watch. Nick said this is a snowbird clearwing.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Good health

Thought for the day:  an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Apples are good, but "delicacies" rate high on the squirrel gnawing menu.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The food gang

Young and mature, the cardinals look very pretty while hunting for food.
Bark-eating squirrel. Will it poop toothpicks?
This happened at my feet while walking on 69th street. Sparrow zoomed under a car and caught moth. Gutter lunch.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Nice assortment

Perfect hiking shoes
Singing, bug-snagging peewee
Back and forth, back and forth for the tiny insects
Red-eye vireo gets the berries
Time to head home. Canada warbler in my face for 20 seconds.
And trusty female redstart, all over the place
Upside-down cake,.... I mean bugs.