|Wood Ducks benefit from the habitat conserved at New York |
Botanical Garden (NYBG). This species breeds in tree cavities
near water, two qualifications which can be found in the forest
|A migrating Black-and-white Warbler takes a bath in a small|
pool along the Spicebush trail in the forest.
|An Eastern Phoebe visits the marshy area between |
the Bronx River and Twin Ponds.
|Audubon is currently promoting use of native plants to|
increase (restore, really!) the food base for birds. A wide
variety of insects feed on native species of plants; it is these
insects that many migrating birds are seeking. This Rose-
breasted Grosbeak finds arthropods in and around the flowers
of this oak tree. NYBG's forest supports hundreds of native
trees, some of them hundreds of years old.
|This blooming Tuliptree supports many migrating species|
in May, including this Baltimore Oriole (which also breed
at NYBG). Tuliptrees are common at NYBG and support birds
throughout the year with nectar, seeds, and the insects they attract.
|A Wood Thrush forages on the forest floor in spring. I have|
also observed this species in summer at NYBG; it may
breed in the forest.
|A sign on the trail depicts the food web of the forest floor. |
It shows some of the reasons the Wood Thrush and other
species visit and live in the forest: lots of invertebrates to eat!
|Perhaps the top predator at NYBG, Great Horned Owls|
have bred at the garden and can be observed with luck. Please
take care to be quiet and not disturb them!