Cemeteries are a source of good history, and good birding. With this in mind, a walk in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery seemed a good way to spend time on a Sunday.
The massive stone gateway that stands at the entrance to the cemetery has been colonized by Monk Parakeets, the descendants of escaped domestic specimens. The screeching of the parakeets deepens a sense of passing from the mundane world and into an otherworldy realm.
Green-Wood is not populated by stone memorials alone. Plant and animal life abounds within the cemetery. A combination of mockingbirds, robins, and warblers provided the soundscape to the excursion.
“It is the ambition of the New Yorker to live upon Fifth Avenue, to take his airings in the [Central] Park, and to sleep with his fathers in Green-Wood.”1 - so said the New York Times in 1866.
Within view of the cemetery, Manhattan appears. Those sleeping in Green-Wood are never far from the streets where they took their airings.