Double-crested Cormorants off to the right.
Alice's Breakfast in the Park on the West side of Huntington Central Park West has some good food. I usually get the hot chocolate. Sometimes I sit at a table sipping hot chocolate and watch the lake like today. There are usually lots of ducks there, and if you happen to have a white plastic grocery-store bag, they will follow you for a long time thinking you are going to feed them. That day there was lots of quacking from the Mallards and whistling from the American Wigeon--Anas americana.
White-crowned Sparrows--Zonotrichia leucophrys with a seed.
I love to watch them and listen to their calls. I just stood there hearing those clear notes followed by the trill and watching them sort through the leaves for food. The ground was covered with leaves that had fallen from the sycamores and other trees and shrubs.
White-crowned Sparrow hopping away.
As I went past the landing and rounded the lake, I saw a Green Heron--Butorides virescens standing in the shallows near the shore. He was amazingly tolerant of people and even dogs. Mallards and American Coots swam around him, but he barely took his eyes off the water. Even when a dog played on the shore not far away. With the drought, the shore is easier to reach and people and dogs walk down to areas that were under water before. There are less places for wildlife to hide.
Green Heron--Butorides virescens fishing at Lake Huntington in Central Park down the path and past the playground and the landing.
Great Blue Heron stands guard.
Great Blue Heron--Ardea herodias standing on the shore, and a Mallard swimming by.
I was by another strand of eucalyptus trees on the far side of the lake when the Great Blue Heron--Ardea herodias took wing. It flew across the lake, landing in a nearby eucalyptus. It stood there in the tree, looking back over the lake.
Great Blue Heron--Ardea herodias in a eucalyptus tree.
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