Juncos are the “snowbirds” of the middle latitudes. Over most of the eastern United States, they appear as winter sets in and then retreat northward each spring. Dark-eyed Juncos are primarily seed-eaters.The photograph of this Dark-eyed Junco with a background of crab apples was taken at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, New York.
Goldfinches are among the strictest vegetarians in the bird world, selecting an entirely vegetable diet and only inadvertently swallowing an occasional insect. The American Goldfinches had a grand buffet at the Native Garden in the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx which is absolutely stunning this time of year with lots of seed eating birds.
To hear the song of the American Goldfinch click below.
A crisp, pretty sparrow whose bright rufous cap both provides a splash of color and makes adults fairly easy to identify. Chipping Sparrows are common across North America wherever trees are interspersed with grassy openings. This picture of this Chipping Sparrow was taken at the New York Botanical Gardens in the conifer area.
Their loud, trilling songs of the Chipping Sparrow are one of the most common sounds of spring woodlands and suburbs.
To hear the song of the Chipping Sparrow click the arrow below
This fledgling Great Horned Owl left the nest two days before this picture was taken. Young fledgling owls move onto nearby branches at 6 weeks of age at which time they may clamber out along a tree branch from the nest. At 7 weeks they are capable of 3–4 short flights of diminishing distance because they tire easily.
The picture of this male Ruby-crowned Kinglet on a branch was taken in the New York Botanical Gardens near the Twin Lakes area.
One of North America’s smallest birds, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet can be recognized by its constant wing-flicking. The male shows its red crown only infrequently. The length of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet is 3.5 to 4.5 inches and is constant motion making it quite the challenge to photograph.
The picture of this male Yellow-rumped Warbler in breeding plumage was taken at the New York Botanical Garden in the Twin Lake area.
Yellow-rumped Warblers spend the breeding season in mature coniferous and mixed coniferous-deciduous woodlands (such as in patches of aspen, birch, or willow). Yellow-rumped Warblers are perhaps the most versatile foragers of all warblers.
The Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is a small, North American songbird, a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is the state bird of both Maine and Massachusetts in the United States, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada. The Black-capped Chickadee is notable for its capacity to lower its body temperature during cold winter nights. I took this picture in the azalea garden and the New York Botanical Gardens.
It was great to see a Red-winged Blackbird at the New York Botanical Gardens this weekend as this is an indication that spring is on it way – especially since it is supposed to snow in New York City today. Not exactly sure when this guy has taken this pose. It could be that he is “playing dead” – he did fly off right after I took this shot.
The picture of this Red-winged Blackbird was taken at the New York Botanical Garden. The picture of this Red-winged Blackbird closeup portrait was taken with the Canon EOS 7D and the Canon 100-400mm lens.