Bevy of Birds on Broadway
One is an American Bittern (public art work), quite literally "On Broadway" - on New York's Upper West Side, near Zabar's
The real (living) bird here is much smaller than the heron-sized bittern, and seems to be a native New Yorker bird doing its thing:
I've been curious about this little guy; I've seen many now that I try to be more aware of birds. It's not quite a wren or sparrow.
As it turns out, it is not
even a native New Yorker! In fact it is classified as an "invasive species". (Come here to eat our pizza, eh?)
I'm still learning #ornithology
. :)) So I finally noticed I had no idea what this little iridescent thing is, everywhere, scurrying about...
And I've just now learned definitively: this is a European Starling
in its iridescent summer plumage (like a glossy ibis!).
Who knew? O.K. then... thinking the Benson version would do nicely. After a long day, Cue up a mellow song and take a little walk....