New York City: Part Two

Posted by ardeidae on June 10, 2005

After breakfast Friday morning, Carol and I set out to the east side of Central Park, this time paying attention to the Ramble, a 38-acre woodland where the canopy of the tall trees hides most of the sky. American Robins (Turdus migratorius), European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), and Gray Catbirds (Dumetella carolinensis) were abundant. When we made it to the east side, we spotted Lola sitting on the nest. But not for long. She took off and landed on an antenna on a nearby building. After being harassed by an Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) for a couple minutes, she took off again. This time for good. Pale Male was nowhere to be found.

In the afternoon, we headed to the American Museum of Natural History. They have exceptional permanent displays of birds including the local birds in New York City, North American birds, birds of the world, and oceanic birds. Their temporary dinosaur exhibit is amazing; it lasts until January 2006. Along with the T-Rex skeleton and other assorted bones, they also have one of the most complete specimens ever found in North America…the Bambiraptor. The fossil was found in Montana by a 14-year-old boy and was proven to be a new species. The Bambiraptor belongs to a group of dinosaurs called dromaeosaurs, which had feathers and hollow bones. Although dromaeosaurs didn’t fly, they are believed to be related to modern birds, and the Bambiraptor holds a great similarity to the modern roadrunner.

As we left the museum, a light rain caught us. Even without an umbrella, it was a welcome event as we headed to yet another excellent restuarant for dinner.

To be continued…





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