A roundup of other birds in Pelham Bay Park on our April 4 hike:
Great Blue Heron, in flight. We’ve seen them before in other areas, but didn’t see any last year in Pelham Bay, so this was a nice treat.
Double-Crested Cormorant - threatened in the early part of the 20th century, and after rebounding, threatened again by pesticides in the 1950s and ’60s, double-crested cormorants have come back so strongly in some areas of the United States that U.S. Fisheries & Wildlife is now exercising population control.
Turkey Vulture - I’ve written before about carrion birds and the service they do us. And no matter the revulsion we might feel when we see them eating, vultures are majestic in flight.
Common Grackle - “Common Grackles are abundant and widespread. They have grown in numbers and extended their range westward, following the spread of agriculture. Their tendency to form large flocks has them suspected of causing immense damage to crops, and this has made them the target of eradication campaigns, though their numbers remain strong.”
Northern Flicker - these pretty brown woodpeckers mostly forage on the ground, rather than against a tree trunk.
American Robin - ubiquitous, but sometimes one just begs to have his portrait taken.
Aside from gulls, blackbirds, starlings, etc. — also seen but not caught on camera were: