(Sora photo taken from overlook) In the fields on the north side of the pond we had the best sightings ever of a flock of American Pipit. Across from the Pipits a flock of eye stunning Meadowlarks were feeding and swooping about.
At the end of the walk, about seven of us hung around the overlook for a few minutes, out popped our little Sora with its bright yellow bill. While focused on the Sora a new arrival was noted, a handsome Northern Pintail - an unusual sighting for the Cloisters Pond. Pied-billed Grebe appeared at the same time. The last two sightings were like frosting on the cake.
Birding with a group of new and experienced birders is a privilege and a heart warming experience. I am looking forward to the next time. (Included is a link to a video on Cloisters Park)