Double Dipping

I love to double dip… I double dip all the time…in the morning, the afternoon, at night –Okay to be clear I’m referring to double dipping in nature – double dipping with birds and blooms (DD’ing with food at any time, any place, well… that’s just gross! & just for the record, I don’t DD with food… okay back to the topic 🙂 )  

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One of the best places in New York to double dip in nature is at the New York Botanical Garden –  NYBG is all about plant science and conservation which naturally extends to wildlife conservation.

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Magnolia sp.
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exciting rock garden blooms
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Petticoat Daffodil

At any given time of the year and in any weather, you can enjoy a variety of habitats around the garden.  And during spring, naturally, along with flowering plants and trees, you will find pollinators and in turn you will find…birds!

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American Robin
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Witch Hazel
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Azalea

Birding at NYBG is wonderful because of the diverse environments available to the permanent avian residents as well as our migratory feathered friends.

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Gold finches in Birch tree

I’ve had many first time sightings of migratory birds at the garden –  Magnolia Warblers , Palm Warblers  and the Norther Parula (just to name a few). Anytime I’m double dipping I usually get a nice surprise. Most recently I had an up close and personal with a Louisiana Waterthrush that was hanging out in the stream alongside the Mill Trail in the Thain Family forest.

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Although I’m not a competitive birder, I report my sightings on eBird. I report not only because it helps researchers and conservationist but it also helps me. As an eBird contributor, I want the data to be correct – reporting challenges me to make sure I identify what I see accurately – I think it makes me a better birder.  I see improvement in my birding skills all the time and it’s super exciting! But as I mentioned I’m not a competitive birder, it’s just for fun (wink wink!!)

Here are a few more images from my double dipping habits – I hope you enjoy them

(Although this blog post is focused on the avian life at NYBG, as a side note, wildlife at the garden comes in full circle from fuzzy creatures to amphibians and reptiles) 

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Mockingbird

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Ruby Crowned Kinglet
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Red tailed hawk

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Eastern Pheobe
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Downy Woodpecker
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Male and Female Northern Cardinal
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Snowy Azaleas in Bloom
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Whistler of the north aka White Throated Sparrow
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Murder of Crows
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Great Horned Owl Fledgling enjoying a Pine tree

 

All Images, Audio & Artwork  © 2018 N.Fontaine 

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