“It’s a plane! It’s superman! NOOOOO, it’s a ‘new-comer’ bird!” This is what I overheard the finches, mourning doves and blue jays (who visit my urban — NYC — garden) “chirp-chant” upon seeing a new arrival to my urban garden; where I grow a variety of herbs, flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, and vines.
Today is Halloween, an “important day” to what I grow here, and when I first noticed my new guest, it was from a distance. I had hoped it was Cam (my visiting cardinal who seems to have disappeared) wearing a costume in honor of trick or treating, which will take place tonight at a venue in my hood, but alas, it is not Cam.
In addition to this day being Halloween, it is also the second day after NYC (and surrounding areas) was slammed by Hurricane Sandy, which makes this new bird’s arrival more poignant. As of this posting, I’m not sure what type of bird this newcomer is, but he/she is quite striking, as you can see from the images here. (Please be sure to click on each one to see its caption.)