So how busy is my new job keeping me?

So busy that I’m just getting around to blogging last Sunday’s walk through Prospect Park.

If you’re getting bored with my lackadasical postings, here are some things you can read instead:

there’s a very interesting discussion of seals that are visible from space in the comments thread of the previous post.
and a new contest to win a copy of The Life of the Skies at 10,000 Birds
and N8 writes encouragingly about a bird that’s one of my dead-list nemeses (birds that I’ve seen only as ex-birds, sadly not countable.)

Spring continues to sproing. The Pine Warblers that I met up with in Cape May two weeks ago are now in Prospect Park. The drake Pintail that Rob Jett found (thus embarassing my assertion that the duck Pintail had gone off in search of love) continues, and looking mighty snappy too, I might add. Albeit drake pintails pretty much always do. They’re the Brooks Brothers wearers of the Anatidae, to the Mallard’s Abercrombie and the Wood Duck’s Prada. (Hi, Kudla!)

And, even though the weather keeps wavering, the botanical world thinks that it’s spring too. Trees budding and flowers poking up everywhere. Good times. Hopefully soon I’ll dig out from the pile at work and get to enjoy it (although work is making me wistful to enjoy spring or what have you in Costa Rica or Kenya.) At least I’m going down to Central Park tomorrow to make a run at the Western Tanager.

Rock Dove Columba livia
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Bufflehead Bucephela albeola
Song Sparrow Melospizza melodia
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
American Coot Fulica atra
Northern Junco Junco hyemalis
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Pine Warbler Dendroica pinus
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos