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The Central Park Effect

Can't wait until this is released!



Here's my own little bird documentary from a trip to the Florida Keys. I'm new to this but hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for sharing. As you know we've had our share of trouble with commenting here in recent months. I've changed a few things and now explicitly approve the regulars so there comments make it through without approval. I've now updated your account.

I remember reading about that - been lurking about but hadn't commented in a while. Don't know why, but this post reminded me of my special little bird video. Will try not to litter future threads with juvenile b.s. :)

Thanks so much Norm. I started birding in Central Park in a series of morning walks sponsored by NYC Audubon, it blew my mind. Now I live near Brooklyn's Prospect Park, another Olmstead/Vauz park and another "migrant trap." We get an amazing concentration of spring and fall migrants dropping into our green oasises. I recognized several of the faces in the video.

I'm looking forward to birding Central Park someday. It would be nice to live nearby.

Re: The Central Park effect.

Our little ranch is right at the mouth of a steep-sided fir covered canyon. The canyon opens out right at the top of the pasture and birds can see the open green space and ponds from way up high. Three Canadian Geese have been visiting the last few weeks. They aren't nearly as nice as the Greater White Fronted Geese here last spring. Those Geese hardly said a word, lest one wandered out of sight of the others, and then they used their inside voices. These Canadian Geese are squabbling mostly all the time. One decided the pitched roof of the bunkhouse was a good place to perch. After several tries, he managed somehow to wrap those big webbed feet around the pointy peak on the roof. Then yesterday something startled the birds. He headed for the hay barn instead. Didn't figure on it being twice as high. He managed to get halfway up the long side, then SLID all the way back down. Perhaps if he'd been younger he mighta said "do it again!" Instead he just tried to collect his dignity and sauntered, head high, back to the pond.

Husband fusses about the Geese, and the poop they leave on the dock. He said get the BB gun. Well sure. It went "pftt pftt" as most air guns do. The Geese just looked at me and said, "Whatever". I expect unless we're willing to try the 12 Gauge (which I decidedly am not), they are here to stay for as long as they like.

I b'lieve the Geese will have some company out there in the pasture. The next door neighbors just picked up a couple of piglets in Hayfork, and didn't notice that the piglets were too small to stay behind their hog panels. The both of them slipped right through the fence. The neighbors have been out wandering around with feed buckets but without much success. I looked out and saw the pair of little pink and black porkers trotting up the road, with old Fred waddling along behind. Catching pigs is not an easy task. I expect those hogs are free at last and forever.

I think the ranch on Antelope Island acts like a migrant trap much like our urban parks do, it is an island of green and fresh water in the salt lake basin.

Our urban parks are under continuous threat from over use. It is staggering how many people use the parks on a daily basis so keeping some understory safe for feeding migrants is a constant struggle.

Around May 7-10 is warbler day in our parks, the height of spring migration and a chance to see an extraordinary number of songbird migrants. Come then if you can.


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