Sunday, November 10, 2019

This unique bird made a migration pit stop on 7th Street the other day



This American Bittern made a migratory pit stop behind a building on Seventh Street between Avenue A and First Avenue ... which is where Elizabeth Cunningham spotted the brown heron hanging out in the nasturtiums ...







The bird arrived on Friday morning around 11 and left by 8 a.m. yesterday. During the bird's nearly 24 hours here, she spoke with the Wild Bird Fund, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and two wildlife rehabilitators in the city.

Here's her report:

Although rarely spotted — especially around here — I was informed it's common for them to make 24-hour stops along their way south. He didn't appear injured and the ornithology personnel told me he'd be fine overnight despite the cold snap. He settled into a bush for the night and is now presumably back on track toward warmer climes.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

fascinating! I'm amazed how wildlife finds its way into this urban jungle and out again.

Goggla said...

Wow! I took time off work earlier this year just to go see a bittern who had been spotted in Central Park. Sure enough, it only stayed a day. What a special experience for everyone who got to see this one right in their own back yard.

Anonymous said...

the jumbo post squatter has arrived

Anonymous said...

We had one in our backyard in Brooklyn several years ago. Like this one, he stayed one day and then took off. (Not sure if ours was a least bittern or an American bittern.

Jose Garcia said...

This was so cool. Thank you for sharing it with us. xo, jg

Anonymous said...

what a stunner! thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

So amazing! Hope the bird is making it’s way ok in the freezing cold, traveling all alone. Thanks for sharing!

Dusty Fairy said...

What an amazing post. Thanks for the info and pics!

Gojira said...

Beautiful bird, beautiful garden. Thanks!