Welcome to BirdingAroundNYC
A birding digest, blog, information and photographs about the birds in or around NYC
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Debbie Becker lives and works in the New York City area. Her work has been published in
The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, WildBird Magazine, The Daily News,
The New York Post, New York City Audubon and The New York Botanical Garden's Blog.
Debbie leads bird walks for The New York Botanical Garden
and teaches photography and creative writing classes.
"I became obsessed with bird watching many years ago and began studying birds and
their behavior using photography, video and journal/blog writing."
All the text and photographs on this site were written and photographed by Debbie Becker.
No reproduction without permission. © Copyright 2012, Debbie Becker. All rights reserved.
FREE BIRD WALKS AT
THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN
(with Garden Grounds Admission)
Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Meet 11am at The Reflecting Pool
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"People" on my bird walks.
Imagine my surprise walking down 6th Avenue in New York City and spotting a Scarlet Tanager sprawled out on the sidewalk- an apparent victim of a window collision. Its eyes were closed and it looked dead. People were brushing by the bird as I dove on it like a fumbled football at the Giants' game! I have found migrating birds before, some dead, some still alive. I quickly retrieved the bird and began massaging its body looking for a sign of life when its eye opened just a bit, giving me the hope I was searching for. I held it cupped in my hands to keep it warm and began looking for a place to keep it safe as I was expected in school. A nearby park looked quite promising. By the time I walked to the park–the bird was almost, fully recovered. I brought it over to a shrubby area where the leaves were olive green. I held out my hand and with a burst of energy the tanager flew to a nearby branch, blending in quite nicely.
I ran late to where I was headed, but my encounter with the Scarlet Tanager was quite worth it!
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