Mourning Doves for a Difficult Moment

Hey Internet, it’s been a moment, but I felt like I needed to reawaken this outlet and share some of what’s been going on in my neck of the woods.

The last time I posted something here was in October and it’s just bizarre how much everything – the whole world – has changed since then. Being in NYC, we are grappling with how the Coronavirus has affected our city, our community, and our neighbors. It has been overwhelming and sad, and I, like everyone else, am so grateful to all the brave medical professionals who continue to go out every day and help those affected by this terrible virus. There isn’t really anything I can write that comes close to expressing everything I am thinking, feeling, wishing… I guess all I can say is that I hope you and your loved ones are safe. This is a strange time and one we need to work through together, even though we have to do our best to stay apart. Continue reading Mourning Doves for a Difficult Moment

Notes from the Feeder: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

I’ve been struggling to get over a cold for over a week now, and it had left me feeling more than a little disappointed and sorry for myself this past weekend. But the silver lining to being stuck inside the apartment all week was catching my first sighting of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at our fire-escape bird feeder… Continue reading Notes from the Feeder: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Nature Apps – Merlin Bird Identifier

Hey friends! Today I wanted to share some details about my favorite nature app of the moment – Merlin Bird Identifier. Merlin was developed by the bird experts at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and is able to draw from their extensive research database in order to make the process of identifying birds in your area a breeze! I downloaded it about six months ago and it’s my go-to tool for learning about the various east coast birds that I had never seen before moving to Brooklyn.

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Notes from the Feeder: A Brooklyn Bird Hot Spot

One of the things I love most about our apartment building is the back garden. From our kitchen, we can look out on a quaint patch of land that’s always teeming with birds. As such, I decided to set up a bird feeder on the fire escape just outside the window. I didn’t expect our feeder to become a new bird hot spot, but I’ve gone through an eight-pound bag of bird seed in a matter of days! Our feeder has been getting plenty of customers!

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