An adult green heron feeds two chicks in Prospect Park
The green herons nesting in Prospect Park stuck it out through the huge and hated Googa Mooga festival and now are feeding two chicks.
I saw one parent wake up the chicks with a meal–a fish, I think–and then lured them out on a branch to get fed. The chicks jostled past each other, so awkward I was amazed they didn’t fall. The parent (it could be either since the dads stay involved) then regurgitated a mean right into the throat of the babies.
According to Birdweb, the birds start walking out on nearby limbs at about 16 days, then fledge a week later and still get help from their parents for about another week. If they did hatch just over two weeks ago, that means the parents had to endure the obnoxious sound system just a couple days before the eggs hatched.
I went out last week hoping to see the Orthodox Jews throwing their leavened bread at the Prospect Park geese before Passover. The Prospect Park Alliance publicly notified them not to try to foist off their chametz on the waterfowl feeding. That ticked off the community, who denied any such plans., to the New York Times and the Brooklyn Paper.
So I headed over to the prime duck-feeding spot on the lake in Prospect Park on both the eve and morning of Passover. Let’s be honest, I was hoping for a spectacle: maybe 10 guys in 5 kinds of fur hats, surrounded by their collective 87 children and 10 wives in perfect wigs, all hurling bags of bread at grateful Canada geese. The aggressive swan family that lives there might charge them. A Park Slope mom might passive-aggressively read the sign about not feeding the waterfowl outloud to her kids. The pushy Peking ducks that follow bird feeders away from the lake might try to follow these generous Jews all the way home to Borough Park.
Instead I got absolutely no visible Hasidim at the spot where people and ducks have come to agree is the best spot for feeding, the southwest corner of the lake. (I also looked around the shore and by the boathouse.)
That’s not to say I didn’t see plenty of visibly Orthodox Jews feeding ducks earlier this spring. Sometimes there were even two men in formal garb. But mostly, just
I wonder what Det. Lenny Briscoe would think of this case: A loved one dies vomitting blood. The family accuses a vague political opponent of a specific kind of poisoning. And then refuses an autopsy. Ka-chung (gavel sound).