Most birders, myself included, hope to find a rarity or two on every birding outing. This does not happen, of course, because rarities are, by definition, rare, but that doesn’t stop us from hoping. That is why we scope though flocks of gulls, shorebirds, and ducks, why we carefully check each little brown job, and why distant pigeons in flight can make us put up our binoculars, just in case. Mostly, we don’t find rarities. Mostly, we find common birds.
And there is nothing wrong with common birds. They are the birds that we see all the time, the background against which we hope to spot something good, the chaff from which we hope to separate the wheat. They are the haystack hiding the needle and while needles are nice sometimes it’s alright to just appreciate the hay. Not only that, but the hay, er, common birds, will often let you get good picture of them. In that spirit I present some of the common birds I have seen of late, birds that I expect to see on almost every outing in my area, birds that a birder can depend on.
Northern Mockingbird at Fort Tilden, Queens, New York
Mallards at Big Egg Marsh, Queens, New York
Song Sparrow at Fort Tilden, Queens, New York
Ring-billed Gull at Mill Pond Park, Nassau County, New York
House Sparrow at Fort Tilden, Queens, New York
Canada Goose at Mill Pond Park, Nassau County, New York
European Starling at Fort Tilden, Queens, New York