I love birding Randall's Island (a small island East of Manhattan, south of the Bronx, and west of Queens) in the winter. I generally don't see another birder when I visit, but today because of a Barnacle Goose found by Anya Auerbach, there were lots of birders. I also had two Snow Buntings by the water's edge east of Field 31. Both species were life birds for me, so today was a great day. New York City has lots of great birds in January!
Snowy Owls continue in the area. This afternoon, I got to photograph one in the snow. White on White, what a delight to photograph.
For some reason, Horned Larks are a species that has escaped my view until today. A flock was on one of runways at Floyd Bennett Field this afternoon.
My New Year's resolution is to do a little more birding and a little less photography during the non-nesting/fledgling period for hawks. (Basically the months outside of April, May, June and July.)
So today, I just went for a long walk around Central Park today with my scope and took an occasional digiscoping picture. My bird count 39 species. The highlight was seeing two Baltimore Orioles.
|1||American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)|
|6||Great Black-backed Gull|