I’ve complained often enough about birds whose names don’t make good sense to the casual observe, so let me sing the praises of one that does. If you happen to look up in a tree in the northeastern US, say in Prospect Park on a lovely sunny morning, and you see a couple of ducks in a tree, there’s a better than excellent chance that they’re Wood Ducks. And so they were. They probably felt pretty good about staying in the tree, because if they’d gone down into the water they would have had to deal with the two pairs of extremely edgy Canada Geese disputing whether the Upper Pool was big enough for the four of them.

As the title implies, I saw a butterfly as well – I’m no expert, but I think it was a Mourning Cloak. And the turtles were out and sunning themselves. There was one slider – a big one – who had climbed up on a rock at the edge of the lake and died. Odd timing. I hope zie got to enjoy the morning, anyhow.

Oh, and the Eastern Phoebes are back. The Northern Pintail seems to be gone, as do most of the White-throated Sparrows.

Rock Pigeon Columba livia
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Wood Duck Aix spansa
Brown Creeper Certhia americana
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapilla
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
American Coot Fulica atra
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe