In early March, Central Park NYC sparkled under snowy layers. As visitors we rather enjoyed the scenic beauty, but the locals with whom we talked had had enough and were keenly anticipating warmer weather. While those ubiquitous of species the Canada goose and mallards look happily adapted to the frigid conditions. I was interested to learn that the ornithologists have recorded sightings of over 250 different bird species through the seasons. “Anyday now,” said one eager bird watcher, ” spring will bring with it the migrants. Soon we will see the first warblers. ” I imagine their song will be a welcome sign of the season’s change.
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Sheila and I lived in Minnesota, USA for 5 years – 3 of them in Rochester. During winter all lakes were frozen solid except for the one receiving warm effluent water from the local power plant. Every fall the Canadian geese would fly past Rochester in the tens of thousands en route to the Southern states, but a goodly proportion would winter over in Silver Leaf Lake, Rochester – aka Goose Shit Lake by the locals. Watching and listening to the flocks wheeling in, honking loudly, over the lake in the evening chill of Fall was one of the highlights of the year for me. Michele who was less than 2 years would trudge through the snow in her red boots (with cheeks to match) to feed the ever-hungry geese.
Today I came across the paper with your name and website when we spoke by the Central Park feeders. I am so glad I did! You’ve captured the beauty and harshness of this past winter – your photos are lovely, maybe too lovely! I am relieved to say the ice and snow are finally gone from the ground and lakes and also the feeders are not as needed as they once were. I saw my first of the season Eastern Phoebe and Pine Warbler this afternoon. Spring is finally coming to Central Park and we are all so anxious to see the birds that visit during their migration!
I hope you are able to visit again and maybe next time in the Spring!
Hi Cathy, thanks for checking in and lovely to have your response. It was a happy co-incidence to meet and to learn of the thriving interest in recording bird species. Glad to read that spring has arrived. I hope to check out your FB site and follow your news there. Hope you’re making good progress with your video. Yes , would love to return in the height of spring- who knows, next year?! Best regards, Liz.
Just wanted to mention I don’t use FB but have posted the Central Park Bird Feeders video to my youtube channel if you are interested: https://youtu.be/4fAID_lO2mM
Hope you make it back!
All the best,
Enjoyed watching your video – and footage through all weather too, including the snow! One gets an idea of the temperature seeing Lee at the end all kitted out for cold weather. It’s a good way to learn the identity of the birds and to raise awareness for Lee’s conservation work. I hope you have many hits on your site. Please pass on my good wishes to Lee.
Wow, lovely goose and last photo stunning.