Sunday, December 27, 2015

December 26/27 - Inwood Hill Park - mild weather

People sometimes refer to Christmas in July. This year it is more like May at Christmas. The record warm temperatures have lasted all week, but it has been very damp. I did some brief walks in the park on Saturday and Sunday. The birding was pretty quiet. I did hear Carolina Wrens calling, plus a White-breasted Nuthatch, but otherwise very little activity in the woods. On Sunday, in the bay off the soccer fields at the north end of the park there were three Northern Shovelers (2 males, 1 female). They are certainly not the first I have seen in the park, but we don't get them too frequently. They are much more common down in Central Park.

Northern Shovelers 12-27-2015 Inwood Hill Park
As usual there were, of course, lots of Ring-billed Gulls around. The one below was photographed at low tide on Saturday by Muscota Marsh.

Ring-billed Gull 12-26-2015 Inwood Hill Park
Finally, one of the "Black" Gray Squirrels decided to pose irresistibly.

melanistic Gray Squirrel 12-27-2015 Inwood Hill Park

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