Saturday, February 16, 2008

Brooklyn Bamboo, and the birds

Yes, this is Brooklyn. Some very invasive bamboo in Prospect Park.

And this is witch-hazel, which blooms very early.

This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count. I led a group of 15 today through the Lullwater to the Lake, around Lookout Hill, and then back through the Lullwater. We had these species: mourning dove, rock pigeon, mallard duck, ruddy duck, northern shoveler, Canada goose, common merganser, mute swan, great blue heron, red-tail hawk, wood thrush, chickadee, blue jay, tufted titmouse, song sparrow, fox sparrow, white-throated sparrow, white-breasted nuthatch, red-breasted nuthatch, goldfinch, red-bellied woodpecker, downy wp, junco, cat bird, robin, mocking bird. The red-tails were everywhere, putting on a great aerial show.

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