We light the oven so that everyone might bake bread in it.
For the second time in three years there is an Ovenbird hanging around in Bryant Park well into December. I am convinced that, like José Martí, the Ovenbird seeks to nourish the masses. But instead of feeding the Cuban masses hungry for freedom from Spain the Ovenbird in Bryant Park nourishes birders desperate for freedom from the tyranny of the season.
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
This year though, the Ovenbird has competition. There are, in addition to the Ovenbird, two Yellow-breasted Chats, two Gray Catbirds, and a Lincoln’s Sparrow, all attempting to share Bryant Park with the mass of humanity that crowds the park for ice skating and Christmas shopping this time of year. For a small park with little habitat in the heart of Manhattan this is quite an assortment of birds for December! I would have loved to spend the day trying to find them all but I had to content myself with a single catbird and this most cooperative of Ovenbirds in the little time I had to spend while on a Christmas shopping expedition.
Today was overcast and the bird didn’t help matters by mostly staying beneath some bushes, forcing me to use flash to get decent pictures. I really don’t like using flash but I made an exception today. What do you think of the outcome?
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