Yesterday found me in the city running errands and I dropped into Bryant Park 
because why not and I just so happened (ahem) to have my bins with me.

I happened upon another birder, Maha Katnani, and together we birdied the park. 
The highlights included: a couple of Catharus’; one was a slam dunk Hermit 
Thrush. My first impression in the field of the other Catharus was of a VEERY. 
However, I talked myself out of the ID and considered other possibilities.  
After reviewing the photos Maha took and soliciting input from others, I am 
satisfied with my initial assessment. Peter Pyle, who is always clutch has aged 
it as a 1st year bird.

The Other Bryant Park notables were a female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and Maha 
re-found the continuing American Woodcock.

Today, I decide to get in on the Brooklyn Gull frolic at Brooklyn Bridge Park 
that Doug Gochfled so eloquently described and I was not disappointed.

After getting a quick but long enough views for digiscoped photos of the 
continuing PAINTED BUNTING, I turned my attention to Gull vigil, spending most 
of my time near the pilings just west of Pier 1.

It was slow in the beginning. Luckily, I was entertained for a while by an 
adult BONAPARTE’s GULL. Shortly after, I picked up the adult BLACK-HEADED GULL. 
Later, as I spoke with others about possibly also seeing Doug’s ICELAND GULL, I 
picked one out - a juvenile in the back of the Gull flock in the fading light. 
It was a lot of fun and I wished I had more time for the Ring-billed Gulls but 
that is play for another day.


"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of 
others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 

風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
Sun Tzu  The Art of War

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Andrew Baksh

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