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Old Tuesday 30th January 2018, 01:22   #526
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Winter in New York

Hello,

New York is now enjoying a bit relief from winter's icy grip. The Lake and Reservoir were almost free of ice. Last week, I saw a wood duck on the Reservoir's ice, as well as hooded mergansers. Later last week, as well as today, I saw a pair of buffleheads on the Reservoir. Only northern shovellers and mallards on Turtle Pond, which finally had open water, today. On Sunday, when there was a covering of thin ice on much of the Lake and on Turtle Pond, warm air created a mist over the icy cold water.

Two weeks, ago, I did see a great blue heron, sitting on the shore, near the only water clear of ice. That spot was where a culvert emptied into the Lake.

Last week, I did see a leucistic grackle in the Park. Of some note is that I have seen more Cooper hawks than usual. Otherwise it is the same old, same old.

Happy bird watching,
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Old Friday 9th February 2018, 14:46   #527
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A life bird

Hello,

We had a January thaw which melted much of the ice on both the Reservoir and on Turtle Pond. As a consequence, northern shovellers are joining the mallards on the Lake but not in huge numbers. This week on the Lake, I did see female hooded mergansers and a ruddy duck, which usually find the Lake too shallow. I have been seeing a few more red-bellied woodpeckers but the downy woodpeckers are more common. I spotted a brown creeper , which has probably wintered in the Park. As I often birds do not read field guides.

Another unexpected bird was a great cormorant which was enjoying the Reservoir on Sunday. This bird was known simply as a cormorant, or as a shag, years, ago. They are neither supposed to stray from shorelines nor visit nearby waters in the winger.

Happy bird watching,
Arthur
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Hello Arthur

I have never stumbled across this thread before --- very nice! :)


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Old Sunday 18th February 2018, 20:46   #529
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Hello,

Chosen Juan, thank you. I am surprised at how my jottings are so well received in places all over the world.

Last week, I neglected to mention seeing a northern mockingbird. This is not an uncommon bird but I have not seen one for quite a while.

This week on the Reservoir and on the Lake I have seen wood ducks. This is the first winter I recall seeing wood ducks on such a regular basis. With the recent thaw, I have seen hooded mergansers return to Turtle Pond, which had been frozen for weeks.

Today, I saw on the Reservoir
mallards,
shovellers,
American coots,
Ruddy ducks,
a wood duck,
a grebe, probably a horned grebe,
buffleheads,
a ringed necked duck,
Last week, I saw a male northern pintail on the Reservoir.

Otherwise today, I saw
northern cardinals,
blue jays,
white throated sparrows,
a white breasted nuthatch,
a black capped chickadee,
grackles,
house finches
goldfinches, in winter plumage,
downy woodpeckers
juncoes,
American robins, which had disappeared in the deep freeze.
and tufted titmice.

I have sighted fox sparrows as recently as early this week,


In the next three weeks, I hope to see an early spring bird, a phoebe. I hope that I may prove correct.

Happy bird watching,
Arthur
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