Saturday, April 22, 2017

IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY


The photo featured atop this entry is of a tufted titmouse who is taking in the sights of Central Park. I took the image this past Saturday, April 15th 2017. I have posted a very similar one here on Blogger, in a recent blog post, where I wrote about this sweet bird type.

In any event, on the day that I witnessed this bird, watching, I had come to the park to distract my mind, from the sadness I was feeing over having been blown off by someone who had planned to meet with me (which I subsequently blogged about this past Monday).

Therefore, I was honored and humbled to see this tufted titmouse, as well as to meet another bird type; who can be seen in the pictures below.



If you have been following me here on Blogger and or on Facebook, you probably know that after some research, I had thought the creature was a Savannah sparrow.

And, you may also know, that I have recently learned that this creature is a White-throated sparrow, which I discussed in one of yesterday's entries here on Blogger.

In any event, last Saturday when I encountered the tufted titmouse as well as the White-throated sparrow, I saw a number of bird types, including an American robin, who can be seen in the next set of pictures.



As you can see, this creature is doing some flora-ing (what birds call the act of observing flowers, a habit which is discussed in the book Words In Our Beak Volume One.)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Not Fake News: A Case of Mistaken Identity! (This bird is not a Savannah sparrow!)




Last Saturday, while walking in Central Park, I came upon the bird featured in the photographs atop this entry. I had never seen this fauna type before and the creature truly fascinated me! I took a number of photos of my sighting, and in the days that followed my chance meeting with the bird, I included my images in posts here on Blogger as well as in my entries on tumblr and Facebook.

However, prior to any of my postings, I reached out to wild life experts to see if I was correct in determining that the sweet looking creature I had met in the park was a Savannah sparrow. Everyone that I contacted confirmed that my assessment was correct and I began to publish my entries on the aforementioned social media platforms, as well as on Cornell's Lab of Orinithology's FB Page.

A few days later, I received a comment (on my Cornell posting) from Jennifer DeSelle-Milam, stating, "Looks like a white-throated sparrow to me. They also have yellow lores." 

My Encounter With a Tufted Tit Mouse


Yesterday on TLLG’s FB Page, I mentioned that on the afternoon that I encountered a Savannah sparrow in Central Park, I had also come upon an American robin playing with a piece of string.

There were other bird types that I saw on that same day including a tufted tit mouse, who can be seen in all the images accompanying this posting.




According to Cornell, a tufted tit mouse is “a little gray bird with an echoing voice, the Tufted Titmouse is common in eastern deciduous forests and a frequent visitor to feeders. The large black eyes, small, round bill, and brushy crest gives these birds a quiet but eager expression that matches the way they flit through canopies, hang from twig-ends, and drop in to bird feeders. When a titmouse finds a large seed, you’ll see it carry the prize to a perch and crack it with sharp whacks of its stout bill.”

I first met this bird type in 2012 when I was graced the creature visiting my rooftop garden, and if you’d like to read about my encounters with a tufted tit mouse during that time, please refer to my blog clicking here.

It's Kindergarten Day!


It's Kindergarten Day! Here's what Holiday Insights (HI) has to say re this event: "The first day at Kindergarten is a memorable, exciting, nervous, and anxious time for mother and child. Most children and mothers will never forget the first day at Kindergarten. Hopefully, it was a good experience for all!

"Kindergarten Day is celebrated in honor of Friedrich Froebel. He was born on this day in 1782. In 1837, he started the first Kindergarten in Germany. It became popular quickly. Kindergartens were originally a 1/2 day to get children acclimated into learning, social interaction, and school, in a fun, yet educational manner. Kindergarten has evolved in most areas into a full time program. This is partly the result of increasing pressures on education, and partly due to the increase in working mothers in America."

HI suggests that one "celebrate today with a trip down memory lane. Pull out the old pictures of you and/or your child's first day at Kindergarten." 

And that's what I'm doing, as evidenced of the photograph above featuring me as a student with my kindergarten class.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

On E.B. White's "DRESSING UP"



The same afternoon that I encountered a Savannah sparrow (seen in the first image atop this entry) in Central Park, I came upon an American robin playing with a piece of string (as seen in the second image above). My seeing the robin doing this prompted me to think of an essay by E.B. White which I've posted below.


As you can see the essay was published seventy-one years ago today on April 20th, 1946. And like the sparrow who was playing with a small length of confetti, in White's essay, the American robin that I came upon spent a bit of time with the piece of string (another photo can be seen below).


But also like White's sparrow, this American robin, became bored. Indeed as White surmised, "It is a wearisome thing to be overdressed  in the early morning." Only in this case, the time frame was not early morning, but mid to late afternoon. The sun was hot which is another circumstance when being overdressed is "wearisome."

Remembering Monsignor Robert B. O'Connor (B: 12-20-30 D: 4-20-2016)


Today is the one year anniversary of the death of Monsignor Robert O'Connor. He can be seen in the photo atop this entry, which is an image I included in a comment to someone re my FB entry honoring the beloved man. In my comment, I reiterated what was written in Monsignor O'Connor obituary: "He was a passionate advocate for social justice, championing the poor, the homeless, the elderly, and all who were vulnerable in any way. But it was his extraordinary ability to minister to people individually that was his true gift. During his 60 years as a priest, he helped countless people, offering some comfort during difficult times, bringing some back to the Church they had lost, and providing others guidance when they had lost their way. He did it all with love, compassion and mercy without judgment."

This evening, at 5:30 PM, The Church of the Blessed Sacrament in NYC, will hold a memorial mass for the monsignor. See details (from the church's bulletin) below:


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday's Wisdom: Dandelion Ousting (Time's limited re crayon drawing Savannah!)


The Savannah sparrow pictured above in an image I took of the creature when I saw the bird in Central Park, tells me that he still on the fence as to where to stand re Crayola's recent ousting of the color known as Dandelion, which is a topic I discussed in a recent entry here on Blogger.

Although this Savannah sparrow knows Crayola still has other shades of yellow, this creature's concern is that those who make a crayon drawing of this bird type, will not be able to capture the bird's unique trait  which is a "telltale yellow spot before the eye."

As I said, this Savannah sparrow is on the fence re Crayola's decision. A reason for the ambiguity is while the bird is aware that Crayola will continue to offer other hues of yellow, the question is for how long. For according to one of the Savannah sparrow's sources, "previous colors that were discontinued were maize, raw umber, and orange yellow. In other words, less job security when you’re in the yellow family."

I can understand the Savannah sparrow point, for this bird is proud of "telltale yellow spot before the eye," and with good reason!



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Another Tuesday's Truth for Week Thirty-Nine (The 142nd Anniversary of Paul Reeves's Ride)


Earlier today in an entry for my Tuesday's Truths series, I posted an interesting fact regarding the Savannah sparrow, and now, before I let this Tuesday pass, I want to state another truth: Today is the one hundred and forty second anniversary of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.

Tuesday's Truths The Thirty-Ninth Week: Savannah Sparrows Telltale Sign


Welcome to week thirty-nine of my Tuesday's Truths series. This post is dedicated to the bird type known as the Savannah sparrow, and the creature can be seen in the photo atop this entry. I took the picture this past Saturday when I was in Central Park. I had never seen this bird variety before, so I researched a number of sources, including The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, who states the following info re the Savannah sparrow:

"... take a closer look at this one and you’ll see an understated but distinctive sparrow with a short tail, small head, and telltale yellow spot before the eye. Savannah Sparrows are one of the most numerous songbirds in North America, and while sometimes overlooked, are likely visitors across the continent. In summer, they don’t hesitate to advertise their location, belting out a loud, insect-like song from farm fields and grasslands."





What an honor it was for me to encounter this creature on a "Saturday in the Park" (which was not The Fourth of July).

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Monday Musings



Today is Easter Monday (for the image credit re the picture above, click here). And according to Wiki, "Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in some countries. Easter Monday in the Western Christian liturgical calendar is the second day of Eastertide and analogously in the Byzantine Rite is the second day of Bright Week."

In any event, this year's Easter season did not find me participating in organized religious services (other than Ash Wednesday), as I have felt alienated from my parish, and my attempts to worship elsewhere have been futile. Moreover, for the most part, church going folks have been the ones to let me down while those who don't attend services have been supportive of me.

However, this past Friday, which was Good Friday, I had planned to attend a service at a church other than my own. This was because someone who lives out of state had contacted me in early March to let me know that she would be in NYC, and wanted me to go to church with her on that date.

She also mentioned that she intended to introduce me to someone influential who might be helpful to me in advancing my endeavor with my collection of fauna-flora-insect-themed postcards and or the soft-cover version of my book, Words In Our Beak Volume One

In our last conversation, we agreed that she'd phone me on the Wednesday prior to Good Friday, and when she did not do so, I messaged her the following day (Holy Thursday) to which she replied saying that she'd phone me later that day.

Thursday went without me hearing from her. And Good Friday went without me hearing from her, which was disappointing. However, on that day, I was truly blessed by an occurrence, which may not have been the case had I been home!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday 2017


Today is Easter Sunday and for those of you who celebrate this holiday, I wish you a blessed one.  As for me, I am a bit dry when it comes to organized celebrations of this blessed time. It was quite an effort for me to put out my Easter figurines this year; and if you follow me on social media, you might recall that in by gone years I've created story-lines for my whimsical visitors who visit my main living area where they spend time in my armoire (as seen above) and atop my set of benches (as seen in the following image).


The figurine on the top shelf at the left can be seen in a close-up below, taken when she was sitting in my urban garden,


prior to me de-winterizing it (unwrapping the containers which house my flora), and reading a draft copy of Words In Our Beak Volume One, prior to it being converted into the soft-cover format that is now available in the MagCloud Store.


But getting back to my visiting figurines, as you may recall, dear reader, they also spend time in my succulent garden which is atop an armoire that is in my kitchen (see photo below);


and this year is no exception! Even a pouty chick admired them from a "ledge" above my stove,


which is across from the armoire. I'm grateful that these whimsical characters have the power to distract me from my moments of spiritual dryness, especially at Easter time!

Friday, April 14, 2017

GOOD FRIDAY 152 YRS Later


The picture atop this posting is one you might recognize from one of my prior entries here on Blogger, where I discussed Emancipation Day. And as you can see, this image includes the date of this horrific event, which occurred on April 14th 1865.

In 1865, the date for Good Friday was April 14th, as it is today. And I confess that, even though I'm from "The Land of Lincoln (Illinois)," AND attended an elementary school field trip where I visited his home in Springfield Illinois, I had forgotten that in the year of 1865, April 14th was also Good Friday; as is the case today.

If you are interested  in reading more about the assassination occurring on Good Friday, CDN (Communities Digital News) published an interesting piece re this horrific event and you may access it by clicking here.