Category Archives: Birds

Brown-headed Cowbird in the Grass

Brown-headed Cowbird foraging in the grass
Male Brown-headed Cowbird foraging in the grasses.

The picture of this Brown-headed Cowbird in the grass was photographed at Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Brown-headed Cowbirds feed mostly on seeds from grasses and weeds, with some crop grains. Insects such as grasshoppers and beetles, often caught as cows and horses stir them into movement, make up about a quarter of a cowbird’s diet.

Eastern Kingbird on Branch

Eastern Kingbird on a branch
Eastern Kingbird on Branch photographed at Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY

The Eastern Kingbird is a sturdy, medium-sized songbird with a large head, upright posture, square-tipped tail, and a relatively short, straight bill.

Click on the arrow above to hear the sounds of the Eastern Kingbird

Blackpoll Warbler on Branch

Male Breeding Blackpoll Warbler on Branch.
Blackpoll Warbler on Branch

The picture of this Male Blackpoll Warbler in breeding plumage was photographed at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens New York. These birds breed so far north that the best times for most people to see them are in spring and fall, as they migrate through North America.

Click on the arrow above to hear the sounds of the Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler on Tree

Black-throated Blue Warbler Male on Tree

The picture of the Black-throated Blue Warbler was photographed at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens New York. Unlike other warblers that molt into “confusing fall plumage,” male Black-throated Blue Warblers keep their distinctive black-and-blue plumage year-round.

Click on the above arrow to hear the song of the Black-throated Blue Warbler

American Black Duck in Flight

Ameircan Black Duck in Flight

The picture of the American Black Duck in Flight was photographed at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. Look for American Black Ducks in both fresh and saltwater in eastern North America, where they will look like female Mallards except with an olive-yellow bill and overall darker, higher-contrast plumage.

Click on arrow above to hear the sounds of the American Black Duck

Herring Gull Portrait

Herring GullThis Herring Gull Portrait was photographed at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. The Herring Gull is being displaced by increasing numbers of the Great Black-backed Gull.

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Brant Foraging at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Brant
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The picture of this Brant Foraging was taken at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens New York. An abundant small goose of the ocean shores, the Brant breeds in the high Arctic tundra and winters along both coasts.

Click on the arrow above to hear the sounds of the Brant

Common Eider

Common Eider
Common Eider
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The picture of this Common Eider was photographed in Jones Beach State Park at the Coast Guard Station in New York. The Common Eider is the largest duck on North America.

To hear the sounds of the Common Eider click on the arrow above.