Monday, June 21, 2010

Bird walk report from Van Courtlandt Park Bronx NY...

Great Egret

On Saturday, I completed my 5th walk since agreeing to do civic duties in leading bird walks at Van Courtlandt Park in the Bronx NY. The group of attendees varies in skill level with beginners to those who have been birding for quite a number of years…far more than I have. Interest also varies, with more folks showing up during the Spring migration; now that migration is over save for stragglers, we are now down to those who just enjoy coming out on Saturday morning for the walk.

Green Heron

This past week, we had 43 species with highlights that included mama Wood Duck and her rapidly growing ducklings, Cedar Waxwings, Warbling Vireos, nesting Orchard Orioles, nesting Barn Swallows, nesting Eastern Kingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallows and a Green Heron. We suspect that the Green Heron is nesting nearby. We also kept our eyes out for Butterflies and had a couple of Red Admirals, Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, several Cabbage Whites and I also was able to photograph a couple of Little Wood Satyrs.

Little Wood Satyr

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7 comments:

dreamfalcon said...

That green heron is awsome!

MikeyBoy50 said...

Oh, oh BDude
What great pics
Thank for sharing

Julie G. said...

Beautiful photos ... especially the Green Heron. Wonderful post!

BIRDINGDUDE said...
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BIRDINGDUDE said...

@dreamfalcon, @MikeyBoy50 and JulieG - Thank you for the very nice comments on the Green Heron. That was a difficult shot given the angle I had, I was very pleased with the result.

Heydi said...

Great photo of the Green Heron. I was actually at Van Cortlandt one day after you, on 6/22, and saw two juvenile Green Herons up in a tree squawking! Saw the nest as well....

BIRDINGDUDE said...

@Heydi I received word from Mohammed Alomeri an Urban Park Ranger, that they did find the nest of the Green Heron. Thanks for posting.