Sunday, April 27, 2014

Angels and Wild Parrot Action at Green-Wood Cemetery: April 27, 2014

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
gets bitten. 

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.

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