Male Red-winged Blackbirds fiercely defend their territories during the breeding season, spending more than a quarter of daylight hours in territory defense. He chases other males out of the territory and attacks nest predators, sometimes going after much larger animals, including horses and people.
To hear the sounds of the Red-winged Blackbird, click on the arrow below.
There were lots of Eastern Phoebes at Green-wood Cemetery this past Sunday. In 1804, the Eastern Phoebe became the first banded bird in North America. John James Audubon attached silvered thread to an Eastern Phoebe’s leg to track its return in successive years.
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It is wonderful to have the Tree Swallows back inhabiting the air space and nest boxes at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. And as you can see, they are being their same chatty selves. Tree Swallows winter farther north than any other American swallows and return to their nesting grounds long before other swallows come back.
To hear the sounds of the Tree Swallow, click on the arrow below.
The picture of this Golden-crowned Kinglet was taken at the Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Green-wood Cemetery is one of my favorite places to photograph birds. Needless to say it is very quiet and peaceful. I am always surprised at what birds show up. I like to explore around Sylvan Waters which is where I found this very hundgry Golden-crowned Kinglet today.