I spent a great day on Saturday, 29 May, visiting a variety of parks in Orange County and Rockland County in downstate New York with a fellow Queens birder, Seth, and a Rockland County birder, Gene. Though, really, to call either of them “birder” doesn’t give a complete picture of what they are about considering the diverse array of life forms that pique their interest. Over the course of the day we looked at birds and plants and dragonflies and reptiles and mammals and butterflies and amphibians and more but a single blog post could not contain the images I got of all of those things. This post, therefore, is focused on just birds, which are, of course, my primary focus. If you want to see the reptiles and amphibians, well, just click here.
Sadly, some of the best birds of the day, birds that are good anywhere to anyone, like Hooded Warbler and Golden-winged Warbler, managed to dodge my camera, as did some species that are really cool for a New York City dweller, like Wild Turkey and Broad-winged Hawk. Nonetheless, the birds that did pause in front of my digiscoping rig long enough to be photographed are, I think, worthy of this blog post anyway.
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
horrible picture of a singing Cerulean Warbler Dendroica cerulea
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Barred Owl Strix varia
Eventually, I will post on the cool insects that we saw but they are taking me quite a bit longer to identify…stay tuned!