As regular readers of 10,000 Birds already know, I am enamored of my Queens list. So when a Red-headed Woodpecker was reported on Thursday at St. John’s Cemetery by Daryl Cavallaro (who shared this picture with us awhile back) I was there first thing Friday morning. I searched for about an hour unsuccessfully before I had to give up the hunt in order to get to work. More precise directions were needed because St. John’s Cemetery was much bigger then I had expected!
Fortunately, Daryl was kind enough to let me know exactly where to look and this morning my search was much more successful. It only took me forty minutes to find the bird though it might be more accurate to say that the bird found me. I was getting frustrated when I looked up and there it was, in direct sunlight on a big tree not thirty feet away from me! Though it is a young bird just molting into adult plumage it was still a sight to behold!
Sadly, St. John’s Cemetery bans photography so I couldn’t break out my digiscoping rig, but I did surreptitiously sneak a shot through my binoculars with my iPhone. Please forgive the low quality.
Bird number 287 in Queens! Whoo-hoo!
Is it common for cemeteries to ban photography? I’d never heard of that.
@Kirby: It seemed weird to me too.
Your Queens list is bigger than the cumulative Middlesex County list on ebird.
St. John’s Cemetery is the resting place of a mob of NYC gangsters, including Lucky Luciano, Vito Genovese, and John Giotti. Maybe they don’t want people photographing the stones? People get crazy about these mobsters.
I once got in trouble (mildly) in Ann Arbor for taking pictures of Ring-billed Gulls at the parking lot of a mall. Why a mall? What’s there to protect?