Prospect Park, 6/9/2021

Green heron and nest, Prospect Park

I heard green herons gurgling high up in the trees this morning and lucked into a sightline where I could see them building a nest (the nest is the mass of twigs in the upper right corner of the photo). I saw two bringing twigs to the nest and arranging them, but three herons seem to be involved, so I’m guessing they’re poly? (I’m not going to say online where the nest is, but if I see you in the park, I’m happy to show you.)

Green heron and nest, Prospect Park

Mute swan cygnets, Prospect Park

This catbird was singing like a nightclub chanteuse in a spotlight.

Gray catbird, Prospect Park

Red-winged blackbird, Prospect Park

Red-winged blackbird, Prospect Park

Carolina wren, Prospect Park

American robin, Prospect Park

The mulberry that this robin was picking was for a fledgling nearly as large as she was.

Song sparrow, Prospect Park

Prospect Park, 6/8/2021

Mock strawberry, Prospect Park

This is a mock strawberry, but I thought it was a real one, so I tasted it. Only a little, because the bumps looked weird. It was . . . insipid. Happily, according to the internet, it’s nontoxic.

Acadian flycatcher, Prospect Park

I heard this flycatcher, and spent most of my allotment of birding time this morning waiting for it to perch somewhere relatively visible. By the time it did, I was accompanied by Terry, Charles T., Jeremy N., and Enrico, who were able to identify it as an Acadian by its song.

Raccoon, Prospect Park

Went home and put in the air conditioners.