Sunday, November 18, 2018

It's a "Mallard-something" Hybrid!

Many thanks to #RobertDeCandidoPhD for emailing me re this bird's (seen in the two photos directly above) ID."This is a mallard-something hybrid, a larger version of a mallard whose ancestors were (a) a mallard and (b) a large white duck that was bred as a table (dinner - to be eaten) duck that was probably all-white."

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Take Note of Gift Ideas ETC

Take Note, peeps who love seeing and/or hearing about the Mandarin duck who has been visiting NYC: I developed a collection of 10 spiral notebooks (one through three can be seen in the images atop this entry).

Friday, November 16, 2018

Attention! The American coot is NOT a duck! (Friday's Fact)

The other day Wednesday (11-14-2018), the "cat and mouse" Mandarin duck who has been making headlines in NYC, returned to the pond near 59th Street in Central Park.

In the image atop this entry, he can be swimming with a Wood duck as a pair of "birding" Mallards gaze at them.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Birds & their Reflections

The Mandarin duck (seen in the image above) returned to Central Park yesterday! And when I saw him in a manner that SEEMED to indicate he saw his reflection, it got me curious about the matter.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ATTENTION MUST BE PAID, Bible Readers: Scripture needs to say "AS a sparrow..." (Wednesday's Wisdom)

The other week I saw a male house sparrow bathing in a puddle that was on the part of a greenway that runs along the Hudson River.

Upon my seeing the little creature I instantly thought of Henry David Thoreau's quote which was in response to how he felt when this bird type was visiting his property.

He is known to have saidI once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

I recently met a new (to me) bird type: Hooded Mergansers! (Tuesday's Truths WK 102)

This past Sunday when I was looking in the waters of Turtle Pond, I observed a never before seen by me bird type, a pair of Hooded Mergansers. This was my sixteenth new encounter (in this Year of the Bird) with avian creatures whom I've never seen before.

According to a number of sources, including Wikipedia, where a page states, "The hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) is a species of small duck. It is the only extant species in the genus Lophodytes. The genus name derives from the Greek language: lophos meaning 'crest', and dutes meaning diver... both sexes have crests that they can raise or lower, and the breeding plumage of the male is handsomely patterned and colored. The hooded merganser has a sawbill but is not classified as a typical merganser. Hooded mergansers are the second smallest species of merganser, with only the smew of Europe and Asia being smaller, and it also is the only merganser whose native habitat is restricted to North America."

I have a long lens on my camera, but not long enough to get great pictures of the male (black on head) + female (brown on head)! Still I did enjoy seeing them swimming in Turtle Pond and you can see them in the picture atop this post.

Monday, November 12, 2018

My talk/presentation at NYSEC is in 2 WKs! Theo plans to attend!

Yesterday I was invited to attend an informal event for a man named Theo who lives in my hood, he can be seen in the image atop this entry where he is being interviewed for a documentary film being made about him.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans Day 2018

On this Veterans Day of 2018, I've posted a screen shot of a web-image featuring a quote attributed to Jose Narosky, I've referenced the quote in bygone years in entries here on Blogger, I'm sure I can add no wisdom to Narosky's words, so please let them suffice for this solemn day.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT: My Mandarin duck images are now available via FAA (Fine Art America)!

A well-respected birder in the NYC area suggested I put some of the photographs that I've taken of the Mandarin duck (who has been visited the Boat Basin on the Hudson River and who has been spending time in Central Park) up on Fine Art America (FAA); so that they could be rendered into wall art and greeting cards; as well as be printed on an array of "products," such as notebooks and essentials for the home.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Ducks in a row and not in a row...

The "Ducks in a row..." seen in the picture atop this entry, where they are swimming in the pond  in Central Park, include a Wood duck, a Mandarin duck, and a Mallard duck (respectively).

And the set of images directly below feature other duck types, a Khaki Campbell (swimming in the Hudson River), a Bufflehead, (swimming in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir), and a Muscovy, who is also swimming in the Hudson (respectively).

The latter of these, a Muscovy, is featured in volume three of my Words In Our Beak book series...

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Has the Mandarin has gotten out of Dodge?

I saw this You Tube video in my newsfeed and wanted to share it with you, dear reader, especially since I've blogged about the unusual avian visitor featured in this clip.

I'm very thankful that I got to see the now famous Mandarin duck while he was visiting Central Park, especially since it appears he is gone. If you'd like to read about my experiences seeing this duck pls chk out my blog posts where you will also find a number of photographs of this amazing bird.

Now in his likely permanent absence, I'm trying to heed the wisdom in a quote of Dr. Seuss, “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

ADDENDUM: Nearly a little over eight hours after publishing this entry, I'm happy to report that the video included here may have been unintentionally broadcasting fake news — or premature news — for I received a notification that the Mandarin duck has once again been seen spending time in Central Park!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

"We are all just passin' through..." (Wednesday's Wisdom)

The image atop this entry is a screenshot of a tweet from Manhattan Bird Alert. Accompanying the image of this Mandarin duck, (who has been making headlines as I've discussed here on Blogger) their text states: Where is our MANDARIN DUCK? He was not reported yesterday, and we checked the likely spots late day. If you see him, let us know! He likely still is in Central Park, but he has been known to fly to the Hudson River 79th-Street Boat Basin.

Hope that Manhattan Bird Alert is correct! I not only hope the creature is doing well; I would more than welcome a chance to see this beauty again either in Central Park or at the 79th-Street Boat Basin on the Hudson River.

Like the author of the tweet, I've also heard (through very reliable sources who do not report fake news) that this Mandarin did spent time near the Boat Basin and I was also told he got along very well with Jewel, the Muscovy duck (seen in the picture below) who lives there year round.

Jewel, as some of you may know, is featured in volume three of my book series, Words In Our Beak, and that I have announced that I will be discussing her impact on my life when I give my talk at NYSEC (New York Society for Ethical Culture) on November 26, 2018.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tuesday's Truths WK 101: November No's

No sun--no moon!
No morn--no noon!
No dawn--no dusk--no proper time of day--
No sky--no earthly view--
No distance looking blue--

No road--no street--
No "t'other side the way"--
No end to any Row--
No indications where the Crescents go--

No top to any steeple--
No recognitions of familiar people--
No courtesies for showing 'em--
No knowing 'em!

No mail--no post--
No news from any foreign coast--
No park--no ring--no afternoon gentility--
No company--no nobility--
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member--
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,

In honor of it being six days since the onset of yet another November, I'm sharing the poem (as I've done for many years during this month) that's atop today's blog entry as my "segment" for this one hundredth and one segment of my Tuesday's Truths series.

Today is also the day for midterm elections in the United States and I'm certain there are people on both sides of the aisle who are hoping for a "NO" to be had in the election's outcome.

Be that as it may, this poem is by Thomas Hood. I've written about Hood a few times here on Blogger. If you'd like to reference my posts re him, please click here.

Monday, November 5, 2018

My event at NYSEC is 3 Wks from today! (Monday's Memo)

You've surely heard of humans "swimming with dolphins...," dear reader! But I'm wondering if have you heard that there is a Muscovy duck who swims with Khaki Campbells?

This is evidenced by the pictures within this blog post featuring Jewel, a Muscovy who is spending her time swimming with the Campbells in the NYC's Hudson River, which she has been doing for many years!

This Muscovy has taught me a thing or two about myself which is part of what I will be discussing at my lecture for November 2018's Speaking of Science series at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC) that is scheduled for three weeks from today (11-26-2018).

Sunday, November 4, 2018

11/4/2018 Happenings: The NYC Marathon AND Fine Art America Deadlines

Today, the first Sunday in November (the 4th), is the New York City Marathon and thousands upon thousands folks will be racing throughout the five boroughs. And as you can see in the first picture here, Cam, the cardinal who is the story teller in my Words In Our Beak book series,* is also racing. She is "running" across a table that's in my rooftop garden.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

EVERYONE is keeping their eye on this birdie!

It's the day before tomorrow's annual New York City Marathon and in all my years of living in NYC, I try to avoid Central Park at this time of year (except I usually attend the Marathon's fireworks annual display which always takes place on the Friday night before the race as I mentioned in yesterday's entry here on Blogger).

I enjoy being in this park at all times of year and in all types of weather, but the  massive crowds who congregate there are hard to navigate. In spite of my aversion to this situation, I went to Central Park late this afternoon in hopes of encountering a Mandarin duck who has been making headlines ever since arriving in NYC a week or so ago.

And it seems there were more than a few people who showed up with the same intent — to keep their  eye on this birdie, as evidenced in the image atop this entry, which shows only a mere fraction of people who were gathered near a pond to catch a glimpse of this creature.

Information re a free shipping offer by FAA* (*Fine Art America)

The image of one of my 2018 greeting cards that is posted atop this entry, may look familiar to you, dear reader, as I've featured it in prior posts here on Blogger.

I'm now thankful to say that Chris Deatherage posted it on my behalf to my TLLG FB Page and stated the following: "For anyone who prefers to send a generic greeting card during the holiday season, you should consider 'Mac Watching it Snow' in my shop on Fine Art America. And I have just learned that Fine Art America is offering FREE ground shipping on all orders placed through its web portal today, November 3rd, and tomorrow, November 4th until midnight. Here's the link:, and feel free to share this special offer with your friends."

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fireworks for NYC's 2018 Marathon

Here are some very abstract images of tonight's NYC Pre Marathon Fireworks from the vantage point of the gazebo near the lake in Central Park (this is an annual event which I've written about in prior entries here on Blogger).

If you want to see something less surreal, check out this You Tube Video that someone (unknown to me) posted re the event.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


I'm having a #ThrowbackThursday kind of day! Last year on November the 1st, (which as you know is today's date) I received a copy (via UPS ) of the hardcover version of Words In Our Beak Volume One (seen in the image atop this entry) for Chris Deatherage and I to review.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Displaced "une citrouille" or "un potiron?" (Wednesday's Wisdom re Halloween in France)

Before this Halloween passes, I've another holiday related item to share, which I've just learned from the writings of an expat. She states: "Halloween is considered an American celebration – and that’s not a compliment. The idea of French Halloween is seen as yet another imposition of American culture on French customs and traditions – right after American fast-food chains and ketchup. This alone is enough to make many French people turn their patriotic nose up at the idea of celebrating or embracing Halloween in France." 

Because there is a french bistro proprietor in my hood on the UWS who sets out (every year around Halloween) an elaborately carved pumpkin (or "une citrouille" or "un potiron") atop one of his out door café's tables, I was surprised to learn this.

Perhaps the proprietor is not a Francophile (Gallophile) but rather a Francophobe (or Gallophobe)? 

Whatever the case may be re Halloween and the proprietor of this french restaurant, I'm glad he puts out his uniquely carved pumpkin as it always seems to cheer even the most disgruntled passers by!

HaPpY HaLlOwEeN!