White Birds of NYC
White birds abound on a walk through Morningside Park and the nearby grounds of Saint John the Divine.
On the other side of the pond, a white rock pigeon wanders away from its flock. I wonder if this bird is an escapee from a pigeon fancier. It is particularly plump and sleek, and exudes health and well-being. The pigeon heads for the muddy banks of the pond, where it lowers its head and sucks water through its beak as if through a straw.
I head up the cliff and across Morningside Avenue to Saint John’s, where a white peacock guards the grounds. It stands very still in one spot for a long time, occasionally emitting a sound like a truck horn followed by a wild cry. From somewhere out of sight comes a response.
The white peacock lives on the cathedral grounds with two brightly colored comrades. The white pigeon is a member of a multi-colored flock that regularly forages on the large patch of grass in front of the pond. The white egret appears to be a regular visitor to the pond this spring.
You can go months in New York and not see a pure white bird. Here are three different species within a few minutes walk of each other. Lovely birds, all.Explore posts in the same categories: 2010, April, Birds, In the City, Wildlife/Natural History comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.