Welcome to Week Thirty-Four of my Tuesday's Truths series. As of today, March the twenty-first, it will be one week since the "bombogenesis" Nor'Easter, named, STELLA, hit NYC and much of the Eastern seaboard of our country.
You can most likely imagine the consequences of a storm of such magnitude, and they pretty much left me homebound, where I spent my time making sure my avian visitors had plenty of water as well as food to eat.
My posts that covered STELLA and her aftermath can be found here on Blogger, they mostly deal with the impact that STELLA had on my urban garden as well as my feathered friends who frequent it. The garden is on a roof extension, and a partial view of it can be seen below,
beneath my string lights, in an image which was taken yesterday, March the 20th, by a workman (who is named Kreshnik Vushaj). He is on assignment at a building two doors west of me.
As for the photo atop this entry, of a Common Grackle, it was taken by yours truly, this past Sunday when I was in Central Park. That was the first time I'd been there since the storm. The temperatures were still cold and frozen snow covered non paves surfaces; but the sun's heat, and the antics of a lone Common Grackle warmed me up.
The following pictures feature more views of the grackle enjoying peanuts.
If you'd like to see more images of this bird doing activities besides having a peanut, please refer to a photo album that I created by clicking here.
The other creature that I saw enjoying peanuts was a squirrel, as evidenced in the following pictures;
and, as you can see, house sparrows were pleased to nibble on what others left behind. However, sparrows also ventured out on to the frozen ground as seen below.
And like the sparrows, mourning doves spent most of their time on a paved surface,
where snow had completely melted or had been shoveled. This is more than understandable! Did you know that a number of bird types, especially mourning doves, lose their toes to frost bite?
That is one of many facts re the aforementioned bird type which is included in the digital version (both in iBook an ePub format) of the book, Words In Our Beak Volume One,
which just came the other week, and is available on MagCloud.
But getting back to the birds I saw in Central Park this past Sunday, there were types who were happy to see that part of the lake had melted! These included Canadian Geese, as evidenced by the goose seen below;
Meanwhile, a few pigeons took in the Central Park scene from the vantage point of a street lamp (as seen in the next picture).
And with that piece of non-fake news, I conclude this entry. Thanks for taking the time to read it.