I have moved! And by I, I mean me, Daisy, Desi, the cats, and, soon, Daisy’s mom will be joining us as well. Our weekend-long moving odyssey went smoothly and the unpacking is mostly done, though I doubt it will ever be completely done. Our wonderful new apartment in Forest Hills, Queens, is light-filled and comfortable, with balconies both out front and out back, meaning that there is a much better prospect for fly-by birds than at the old place, to say nothing of the fact that there will be enough room for all of us. Anyway, I thought I would share a few pictures from the balconies so, when I mention the amazing birds I see from the balconies in future posts, you will be able to picture them more accurately in your mind’s eye.
From the front balcony, looking northwest, then northeast, then at European Starlings silhouetted in early morning light:
The back balcony is a little less exciting in terms of the view, mostly because it faces the interior of the block. The tower to the northwest is kind of neat though:
And it seems that the high above the backyard runs a veritable squirrel highway:
The squirrels must be extremely careful because if they lose their balance not only could they be injured in the fall, but they might be mauled by what seems like a feral/outdoor cat colony that the neighbors maintain. Looks like I have some education work to do…
Of course, the balconies are not the only place in our new apartment from which I can bird. The bathrooms, after all, have skylights!
Though it’s no Great Chalfield, I think we will be very happy in our new home!
Congrats on the move, and of course now we’ll expect posts from Flushing Meadows AND Forest Park in equal measures…
I think it is very nice of you to specifically move so that Desi could soon chose if he prefers forest birding to watching waterfowl or vice versa.
Anything for the promotion of the young birder, ey?
Bathroom skylights suck because the viewing angle is too small. By the time you notice the bird, it’s gone…
I know, I’ve tried.
There’s got to be a little something special you can slip those cats. You know, smoked salmon, stuff like that.
Looks like you’ve found yourself a veritable NYC apartment palace. Nice! Plus, I like that shower curtain.
And think of the extra exercise you’ll get hoofing those extra blocks to the park.
This is going to be strange, seeing my neighborhood up on your blog. I’m betting that in 6-months you will have seen 10 times the birds I’ve seen in 27 years.
Well, I’ll be taking two of my indoor cats away with me when I go to school, so perhaps the Inimitable Todd can be persuaded to pull a couple of your ferals in off of the street.
I like your toucan, also.
@Jochen: The glass is “fogged” anyway…
@Mike: You know, I made Daisy take about ten pictures of me in one bathroom before I remembered the shower curtain in the other bathroom. She was not happy about the reshoot but now I can say that it was appreciated!
@OpposableChums: I prefer not to think of it, thanks. 🙂
@Donna: I think I have about 8 so far.
@Carrie: I’ll show IT some owls in return…
Eight! How do you get eight? Starling, Rock Pigeon, House Sparrow, Cardinal, Mocker, Downy, Ring-billed, um….Starling…see…you’re going to have the Best Bird List in northern Forest Hills. (I like the shower curtain too. Have you guys considered adding that to your list of giveaways?)
@Donna: I’m actually up to 9 now…no mocker or downy but I do have Canada Goose, Mourning Dove, White-throated Sparrow, and Red-winged Blackbird.
Gulls, Gulls; you’re gonna get gulls through those skylights.