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Thursday, December 28, 2023

Best of the Fortnight

Here are my final "fortnight" photos for 2023. I'm looking forward to sharing many more of my nature images in the New Year:

Northern Cardinal, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Fox Sparrow, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Japanese Snowbell tree, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

American Kestrel, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY

Immature Red-tailed Hawk, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

American Robin in Green Hawthorn, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

American Red Squirrel, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Black-capped Chickadee, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

White-throated Sparrow in barberry shrub, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Happy Holidays


Here's to a cheerful present, a well remembered past and a prosperous year ahead.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Best of the Fortnight

Here's my second to last "Best of..." for 2023. Enjoy.

Courting Red-tailed Hawk, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

American Kestrel hunting, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

White Oak leaf, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Green Hawthorn, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

American Woodcock, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Late Palm Warbler, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Monday, December 04, 2023

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of December 9 - December 10, 2023:

Brooklyn Bird Club

Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, December 9, 2023, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club
Description: Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory bird outing is for you. Join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit Prospect Park through all seasons.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Freshkills North Park and Staten Island tour
Saturday, December 9, 2023
Leader: Seth Wollney
Description: Grassland species in the newest park of the Freshkills complex; afterwards other Staten Island points will yield raptors, ducks and typical late season passerines.
Registration: Peter Dorosh - email or
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Feminist Bird Club

NYC - Dabbling and Babbling at Baisley Pond Park
Sunday, December 10, 2023, 9:00am - 11:00am
Leaders: Sophie Barno
Description: It’s Weird Duck Time! Join Sophie Barno and FBC NYC for some quality winter duck and gull peepin’ at Baisley Pond Park. Martha and Jeana will be on hand for duck serenades and other comic relief. Baisley Pond Park is one of the best places in NYC to get good close looks at Redhead and Ring-necked Duck, plus we’ll also see Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Ruddy Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, and more! Binoculars are available to borrow on request, just let us know if you need a pair.
Registration: Register online
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New York City Audubon

Van Cortlandt Park Birding
Saturday, December 9, 2023, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: Haley Scott
Description: Join NYC Audubon on a bird tour in one of the Bronx's largest green spaces. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. This event is held in partnership with Van Cortlandt Park Alliance.
Registration: Register Online
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Alley Pond Park Birding
Saturday, December 9, 2023, 10:00am - 11:30am
Leader: Woo Sung Park
Description: Alley Pond Park is an ecological treasure. Containing both fresh and saltwater wetlands, forests, tidal flats, meadows, and glacier-formed landscape, this park supports a vast array of birds. Join Woo Sung Park to discover this green space for yourself!
Registration: No registration required. No limit. Free.
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Pelham Bay Park Birding
Sunday, December 10, 2023, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: Rich Aracil
Description: Join NYC Audubon to explore New York City's largest park! Pelham Bay Park's forested areas, salt marshes, and grassy meadows offer rich habitat for a variety of migrating birds.
Registration: No registration required. No limit. Free.
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Accessible Birding in Fort Tryon Park
Sunday, December 10, 2023, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Alex Wang
Description: The beautiful Fort Tryon Park commands views of the Palisades and the Hudson River from soaring cliffs of bedrock. Fort Tryon Park’s 67 acres feature many well-paved walkways suitable for birders with strollers and carriages, as well as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc.
Registration: No registration required. No limit. Free.
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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

A Walk in Butler Manor Woods and Mt. Loretto Unique Area
Saturday, December 9, 2023, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Leader: Don Recklies
Description: We will meet in the parking lot on Hylan Boulevard opposite Kenny Road then walk up to the bluff via the Wetland Trail. Low tide is around 11 o’clock, so there may be seals hauled out on the rocks. From there we will loop Butler Manor Woods before returning via the Cunningham Pond observation platform.
Registration: For more information call Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036.
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Queens County Bird Club

Saturday, December 9, 2023, 7:30am - 4:30pm
Leader: Ian Resnick - (917) 626-9562
Description: We will start the trip viewing from the back of the restaurant specified by the map. Parking is in the lot on the opposite side of Montauk Hwy. If you have a scope, it will be useful here. Razorbills and gannets are possible here, and you will definitely see Common Eider and scoters. We will proceed to various birding spots in the Montauk area. We usually end the trip with a visit to the Shinnecock Inlet and dinner at a restaurant near there.
Registration: Call the trip leader to register.
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South Shore Audubon Society

Mill Pond Park
Sunday, December 10, 2023
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: Use street parking on the westbound side of Merrick Road. The park is four blocks west of the Wantagh State Parkway.
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Urban Park Rangers

Sunday, December 10, 2023
Bird Photography for All with the Feminist Bird Club at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street Entrance (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
9:00am - 10:30am
Join the Feminist Bird Club of NYC for a beginner-friendly bird photography walk in Inwood Hill Park. Learn tips and tricks to enhance your birding and express your creativity.

Birding: Winter Waterfowl at Shore Parkway and Rabbi Block Street (in Calvert Vaux Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 11:00am
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars.

Birding: Winter Waterfowl and Clean-Up at Beach 35th Street and Norton Avenue (in Bayswater Park), Queens
11:00am - 12:00pm
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Join the Urban Park Rangers to look for the waterfowl that call NYC home during the winter.

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