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Monday, October 04, 2021

Some Recent Photos

Here's a few recent photographs from around Brooklyn:

Brown-lipped Snail or Lemon snail (Cepaea nemoralis) at Calvert Vaux Park. An introduced species from Europe. Abundant in many Brooklyn coastal areas.
Chickweed Geometer moth (Haematopis grataria) are easily overlooked due to their small size. Very pretty IMHO and very widespread in our area.
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) underside may lack the maroon-brown color with blue submarginal spots of the dorsal side, but still lovely in this view.

At this time of year the Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) is ubiquitous. Flocks can be frequently seen foraging in the grass, tails a bobbing.
Not nearly as stunning in their fall plumage, this Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) was one of several I spotted in Green-Wood Cemetery on a recent walk.
No larger than a Blue Jay, the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is North America's smallest falcon. What they lack in size they make up for in ferocity. They regularly harass raptors more than twice their size. This one was in Green-Wood Cemetery.
With their ability to hide in plain sight by sitting quietly in treetops, one would never realize that the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) is actually abundant within their range.
This Osprey at Calvert Vaux Park just finished his breakfast.
The Northern Brown Snake or De Kay's snake (Storeria dekayi) is a tiny reptile found around Brooklyn. This individual was flushed from his hiding place by park workers wielding weed whackers.
An immature Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) sharing some kousa berries with a mix of warblers, vireos and other songbirds on Ocean Ave. in Green-Wood Cemetery.

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