I was out and about at Green-Wood Cemetery this morning. The birds -- including parrots, robins, grackles, and others -- were very active. Here are some photos I took along the way.
|This beautiful stone statue, on the gates below the parrots' nests, has been mourning the dead since before the American Civil War.|
|Another stone angel -- about a hundred yards from the parrots' HQ, |
appears to be standing in heaven.
|A purple grackle at the cemetery looks like a character out of Rovio's "Angry Birds."|
|High above the angels and grackles, even on a Sunday, the parrots are busily building -- and rebuilding --|
their impressive colonial nest complex.
|Green-Wood Cemetery is the "high ground" in Brooklyn, with views over the harbor.|
Looking to the West, the view is mostly industrial, but you can see "Lady Liberty" if you look carefully
at the right-hand corner of the photo.
|Robins abound at Green-Wood Cemetery. I counted about 50 in the cemetery on Sunday.|
|Closer to the main gate, the parrots could be found on the green. Here a bunch of them are having a spirited argument.|
|Parrot arguments happen a lot during mating season. There's a lot of squawking and posing, but nobody usually|
|This fight ends inconclusively, as do many conflicts in Brooklyn.|
|Nearer to 5th Avenue, this monk is just about finished severing a twig form a tree.|
|Next stop: the top of the gate!|
|These parrots are loud enough to be heard by even a stone creature.|
|If you're looking to get away from the world, visit Green-Wood. You'll see|
Brooklyn in an entirely different way.