Showing posts with label birds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birds. Show all posts

Monday, November 14, 2022

In case you give a hoot!

As a follow-up to our post the other day about the artificial saw-whet owl sitting on the walk sign outside Saifee Hardware on First Avenue and Seventh Street... a reader points out a variety of faux owls available at the hardware store... 

Friday, November 11, 2022

The (fake) saw-whet owl of 1st Avenue

Photos by Steven 

If you're passing the SE corner of First Avenue and Seventh Street near Saifee Hardware, you may notice something perched above the walk sign. It's a saw-whet owl...
... and it's not real. (It fooled at least one reader who shared photos asking what kind of bird it is.)
As you know, artificial saw-whet owls are perfect for commercial displays, fall decor ... and provide a symbolic meaning of being protective and insightful.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Kestrel maneuvers to rescue this fledging along Avenue B

Late last week, some residents discovered a kestrel stranded in a storefront on Avenue B between Sixth Street and Seventh Street. She was unable to get too far off the ground. (Thanks to Ali for the above pic!)

Ranger Rob (aka Rob Mastrianni, a Manhattan Ranger supervisor), who has a long history of East Village bird rescues (here and here, among many others), was called to the scene.
"She fledged a bit early and her tail and wing feathers weren't fully grown out," he told me. (He has an Instagram post on it here.)
The young kestrel is now in the capable hands of Bobby and Cathy Horvath at the Long Island-based Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation (WINORR). Once the kestrel has developed her flying skills, Ranger Rob will release the bird back safely into the 6th Street and Avenue B Community Garden.

He said that a kestrel family lives along here ... in fact, he released two fledglings here last year.

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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Mid-afternoon red-bellied woodpecker break

Steven spotted this red-bellied woodpecker (not in costume) in Tompkins Square Park yesterday...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bird watch: A nesting American robin on 3rd Street and Avenue B

An American robin recently built a nest on the fire escape outside David Browning's window on Third Street near Avenue B ... and this past weekend, two of the eggs hatched.

David shared these photos that he took during the last few days...

"I feel lucky these robins picked my fire escape for their nest," said Browning, who has lived in the building for 16 years. "It’s really awesome to watch unfold."

Sunday, January 28, 2018

East Village bird count

[A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker spotted in the East Village]

A group of East Village residents recently took part in a bird count in the neighborhood. Here’s their story via EVG reader Patrick:

We were inspired by annual bird counts that have occurred for more than a century in New York and, now, all over the world. We gathered in Tompkins Square Park and then spread out to cover the community gardens and other areas of the East Village.

Overall we counted 1,567 individual birds, representing 16 different species. Highlights included a Peregrine Falcon on Meltzer Tower, two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in Tompkins Square Park, and an American Kestrel perched on a building at the corner of Seventh Street and Avenue A. We also saw Christo, the resident male red-tailed Hawk in Tompkins Square Park, along with “Nora,” the new visitor, and another juvenile hawk.

Thanks to everyone who participated: Steven, Donald, Florence, Dennis, Cheyenne, Laura, Jeff, Greg and Elias!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday's parting shot

Spotted on Ninth Street between Avenue B and Avenue C. Photo by Bobby Williams...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Probably too late to suggest putting plastic up on the walls and roof to conserve energy.

Discarded birdcage photo on Seventh Street by Derek Berg.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Today in yellow-bellied Sapsucker sightings in Tompkins Square Park

So that's what was causing that incessant drumming today (jk!) ... photo by Bobby Williams

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday's parting shot

A view atop St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church on Avenue A at 10th Street via Steven...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Up with the crows

Bird watching on East 10th Street this morning... photo by Bobby Williams

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cautionary nesting instincts

Perhaps not as exciting as red-tail hawks or night herons or seagulls or people dressed like chickens or.. what were we talking about?

Oh, birds.

@SquareMusings shared this photo from Avenue D and East Eighth Street, where a nest remains strategically placed in the yellow (speed up? slow down?) slot…

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The night heron apparently comes out at night in Tompkins Square Park

[Photo last night by Guillermo Zubillaga]

For at least the past year there have been occasional sightings of a rather odd-looking bird (so to speak) lurking about the Park in the evening hours… now we've had two reader sightings these past few nights…

Any bird lovers experts in the house know what we're looking at here in the photos? Some kind of night heron????

[Photo from Monday night by Bayou]

Word is the bird stays in the abandoned Christodora House pool during the day.

Updated 5/7

EVG regular Grant Shaffer also spotted this elusive nighttime, uh, night bird last summer...

Previously on EV Grieve:
Rare bird

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The birds

Late this afternoon atop East 10th Street and Avenue D via Bobby Williams...