Sunday, October 21, 2018

Continuing the Halloween 2018 Countdown ... It's in 10 days!


One of my visitors (seen in the image above) is so amused by the faces of Jack-O-Lanterns that he's decided to wear one over his face during this pre-Halloween time! Now, that's dedication (or madness).

Seems like a wise plan...


I saw this "message" written on a sidewalk in my hood on the UWS. Seems like a good thing for me, and perhaps for you too, dear reader to keep in mind.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Halloween's in 11 Days! Prepare now!


My visitor (seen in the photo above) is having a her "trial run" of what she plans to do with her makeup for a pre-Halloween event that she will be attending.

Saturday's Sequel: I've met my 14th bird!


This past Saturday while walking in Central Park and being memorized by the antics of a cinnamon colored squirrel (which I wrote about in Monday's post here in Blogger) I also encountered a bird type unfamiliar to me, making this my fourteenth new acquaintance in this Year of the Bird. I have since learned the creature who I noticed is a Song Sparrow and the little one can be seen in the image atop this entry where he/she is ignoring the fact that a fence had a padlock (although there seemed to be no reason for the lock — it wasn't securing anything).

Friday, October 19, 2018

News Re: International Academy of NY



I don't want this Friday to pass without announcing that NEXT Friday, October 26, 2018, I will be making a presentation (re some birds who spend time in NYC and what we can learn from their behavior) to some students who attend The International Academy of New York (the school featured in the video atop this entry).

I'm most grateful for this assignment and hope it is as successful as my presentation was at Iona Prepatory School (which I made this past June).

"A Walk in the Park"


Cambridge Press defines the idiom, "a walk in the park," as "something that is very easy to do, and usually pleasant." And indeed, my walk in Central Park yesterday was pleasant. I went there to check out the squirrels since this is Squirrel Awareness Month (as I initially mentioned in my October third entry here on Blogger) and I did not come across the "cinnamon variant" which was the type I encountered last week, but I did meet up with a Black Squirrel who can be seen in the photo atop this entry. In by gone years I've only seen this type in the winter so it was a nice surprise to see this creature frolicking amongst the pigeons...



.... and having some quality time alone.




According to Wiki, "The black squirrel occurs as a melanistic subgroup of both the eastern gray squirrel and the fox squirrel. Their habitat extends throughout the Midwestern United States, in some areas of the Northeastern United States, eastern Canada, and also in the United Kingdom. The overall population of black squirrels is small when compared to that of the gray squirrel. The black fur color can occur naturally as a mutation in populations of gray squirrels, but it is rare. The rarity of the black squirrel has caused many people to admire them, and the black squirrels enjoy great affection in some places as mascots."

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Official NYSEC's Event Announcement! (Throwback Thursday)


One month ago (September 18 2018) I announced here on Blogger that I would be making a presentation at The New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC) re certain birds who spend time in NYC and I just realized (this morning) that my event is posted on their web-site!

A copy of their site's announcement can be seen below:

Speaking of Science - Patricia Youngquist: Words in Our Beak

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Adler Study, Room 514
Admission: Members $5, Guests $10
Studying the wild birds in NYC and surrounding areas has important implications for understanding the similarities of human behavior and the behaviors of members within the avian community. The topics I will cover in my presentation include how birds teach us about the human race in such matters (to name a few) as finding our voice, ways in which we compensate our behaviors to meet our needs, accepting our physical appearances, and how bullying impacts our lives.

Patricia Youngquist is the author of the three volume “Words In Our Beak” book series, published by Ingram Spark, in which stories are told from the bird’s-eye perspective of Cam, a female cardinal that regularly visited her rooftop garden located near NYSEC and is illustrated with her own photographs. Prior to publishing this series, Youngquist published an article on Google Mapping for Contribute Magazine as well as over a thousand posts on her blog (thelastleafgardener.com). It has been listed (by feed_spot) in the top one hundred urban blogs. Her earlier impressionist and kaleidoscopic photography has been exhibited in NYC which led to radio interviews with John Montone’s New York for 1010 WINS and The AL Lewis Show with Karen Lewis for WBAI. All of her work, including these radio interviews, can be found on her website, patriciayoungquist.com

I am truly honored to have this opportunity and I thank Maggie Determann (Membership Coordinator) and Jesús Torres Vazquez for their efforts in making it happen.

Also many thanks also to John Gasdaska for rehearsing my presentation with me over the past several weeks! Now, I'm hoping its a success!

Birds Preening



This past Saturday after my encounter with a cinnamon-colored squirrel (a variant of the Common Gray variety) in Central Park, I came upon a Mallard duck preening and he can be seen in the first image atop this entry.

I am fascinating with the preening process, which I've witnessed many birds doing, including a mourning dove when he/she alighted upon the branches of an Ailanthus tree in my courtyard (as evidenced in the second photo above).

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Halloween will be here in 2 weeks! Wednesday's Wisdom: Get your cards, invitations + gifts NOW!


They're baacccccck! A number of my annual Halloween "guests" (figurines)* have returned to my armoire for the upcoming 2018 holiday. You can see some them on the top shelf, where a bride and groom are in the midst of rehearsing for a vow renewal ceremony as the wedding-renewal party (surrounding them) oversees the event which is scheduled to take place on Halloween night.

The "folks" on the bottom shelf plan to attend the ceremony in their Halloween costumes and are currently comparing notes as to who is wearing the most ingenious costume.

And this is how my visitors are preparing for Halloween! What about you, dear reader? Do you have plans to send greetings to those near and dear to you or to host a soirée?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Color Purple in the Cauliflower Family (Tuesday's Truths WK 98)


The picture atop today's entry is a screenshot of something I saw in my FB newsfeed from Grow NYC, an organization which sponsors the greenmarkets that I've written about here on Blogger.

When I was at their UWS market this past Sunday, which is now alongside the main entrance (Seventy-Seventh Street) of The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), I saw the a number of farmers who carried this vegetable (and photographed it as evidenced in the next picture) that Grow NYC has "missed" and color wise, I can certainly see why.


Now having been introduced to this vegetable, I've done some research to learn more about it, and the facts that I've come upon are the subject of this ninety-eight segment of my Tuesday's Truths series.

According to a number of sources, including, thekitchn.com, "Purple cauliflower gets its beautiful hue, which can vary from pale to jewel-toned, from the presence of the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is also found in red cabbage and red wine... is mild and slightly sweet with nutty nuances...."

They go on to explain that one can "cook with colored cauliflower just as you would with white cauliflower! You can roast it, steam it, mash it, rice it or make it into a soup. And, of course, you can also eat it raw."

Cooking is not my strength, but the recipes included in the article sound delish, so don't read the aforementioned web-page when you are hungry.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Musings: Emerson and Squirrels ETC


Twelve days ago, on Wednesday, October 3rd, I published an entry here on Blogger in honor of Squirrel Awareness Month, which always occurs in October. 

The photograph of a lone Eastern Gray squirrel that is atop this entry is one I took when I went for a walk in Central Park  this past Friday and the following images of a "cinnamon" squirrel are ones I took last Saturday.




I was awestruck by this creature's coloring as it was the first time I'd ever seen a squirrel who appeared to be a "red head." I thought I was seeing a Fox Squirrel, but not wanting to report '"fake news" here on Blogger, I posted my ID question, which is something I mentioned in my blog post for that evening.

As I stated in the aforementioned entry, I'm grateful to have heard back (via a tweet) from the man in charge of the Squirrel Census currently taking place in Central Park, for he informed me that the squirrel I'd seen was "probably a cinnamon highlighted eastern gray squirrel that is molting."

It's the Feast Day of Saint Teresa of Ávila


Today's the Feast Day of Saint Teresa of Ávila. In bygone years I've written about her in entries published on my blog. I especially appreciate her comparing gardening and the process of prayer which I discussed in a 2011 post on here on Blogger.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Number 13 is a Palm Warbler


This past Friday while walking in Central Park where I was on a mission to observe squirrels un honor of Squirrel Awareness Month, I encountered a bird type unfamiliar to me, making this my thirteenth new acquaintance in this Year of the Bird. I have since learned the creature who I noticed is a Palm Warbler* and the little one can be seen in the image atop this entry.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Central Park Squirrel Census Ends in 1 WK!

IMAGE CREDIT

I've just been reminded that the Central Park Squirrel Census will be ending a week from today on October 20th 2018.

Because it is Squirrel Awareness Month, I knew the census was taking place, but my mind, as you may have guessed, dear reader, has been preoccupied with the delays in the release of the third volume of my book series, Words In Our Beak...

... but as I've mentioned here on Blogger in recent posts, I'm making it a point to not get discouraged re my circumstances and to (among other things) focus more than usual on squirrels during their month for awareness (which is always October). 

Fifty-Six Years Ago....


...... the PEANUTS comic strip posted above this blog post was published (according to the FB home page for the Charles M. Schultz Museum) on this day of October 13th in the year 1962.

Can't blame Linus for not wanting to believe the existence of The Great Pumpkin could be fake news.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Silver Lined Clouds and Pink Lined Leaves (These are a few of my favorite things!)


Earlier in the year (during the month of June) when I saw the pink "lining" on the leaves of my Continus Coggygria (AKA Smoke Bush),  a shrub which provides shade to my Mouse Ears (as seen in the picture atop this entry taken in my rooftop garden), I have been wondering about the origin of the idiom “every cloud has a silver lining,” so I finally looked it up and here's what I found: "The idiom is most likely traceable to the year 1634, when John Milton Penned his masque Comus. In it, the quote appears as 'Was I deceived or did a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the night?'”

Now that I know the origin of clouds having a silver lining, I'll try and find out why the leaves of a smoke bush have pink lining during certain times of the year and I'll let you know if I find the reason.

Meanwhile, I do have a number of entries within this blog that discuss this awesome shrub and I'll leave you with this link to refer to them as well as with a few more pictures of the Smoke Bush's pink-lined leaves.




Thursday, October 11, 2018

For Eleanor Roosevelt (Born 10-11-1884)


Eleanor Roosevelt or ER (whose statue which is seen in the photograph directly  above and is located at the West Seventy-Second entrance to Riverside Park), was born one hundred and thirty-four years ago on this day of October 11th in 1884.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Male House Sparrows in Breeding Mode (Tuesday's Truths WK 97)




Welcome to the ninety-seventh segment of my Tuesday's Truths series, where as you can see, I'm featuring a male house sparrow in the three photographs atop this entry. He is at one of the bird baths in my rooftop garden and judging from his physical characteristics, I think he is in breeding mode.

According to a web-page, "Males in breeding plumage have streaked chestnut backs, chestnut heads, and gray crowns. They have black throats and breasts and light gray cheeks and underparts. Males in non-breeding plumage look similar, but lack the black throat and breast, have less distinct markings on their heads, and have yellowish rather than black bills."

House sparrows have been featured in a number of postings here on Blogger and many facts re them (accompanied by pictures) are included in all three volumes of my Words In Our Beak book series.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday's (10-8-2018) Musings



The photographs atop this posting were taken by Joan Budilovsky who is visiting NYC for this Columbus Day holiday. She stopped by my rooftop garden (with her husband and their eleven year old son) yesterday to play a few games of Bird Bingo...*


... and so that I could autograph her copy of Words In Our Beak Volume Two.