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Saturday, March 23, 2019

People Take Notice of a Great Blue Heron


The screen shot atop this entry is of a tweet re the appearance of a Great Blue Heron who was seen in Central Park. It was in my Twitter feed yesterday. Not being a fan of using the word "hot" to describe a bird (or anything else for that matter unless it is weather or the temperature of food), I responded.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

A Reminder from Pigeons + Emily Dickinson (On this World Poetry Day 2019)


It's World Poetry Day and a poem that I'm thinking of is one by the poet Emily Dickinson:

 “Hope is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul, And sings the tune--Without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm, That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me.”

Yesterday I read a mediation by Dr. James Campbell ("In Praise of Pigeons") on Dickinson's poem and part of it stated: "When I imagine that 'little bird' of which Dickinson wrote, I automatically think of the starlings and the sparrows of my Indiana childhood.  I might even imagine the colorful and aggressive blue jays or cardinals that I still enjoy watching.  But when I think of hope and birds and bird songs, I never ever think of a pigeon...."

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

March 20th 71 YRS AGO


I cannot let this day pass without giving a shout out to one of my favorite authors, E.B. White, whose essay, TOMORROW SNOW, (which is posted above) was published seventy-one years ago today.

Birds + The First Day of Spring 2019 (Wednesday's Wisdom)


The first day of Spring for year 2019 in this hemisphere will officially begin at 5:58 P.M. EDT, and a lot of people are like Earl (seen in the Mutts comic strip atop this entry) are very excited about birds returning to their area. I'll be glad to see avian creatures return too, but I confess that I'm a bit melancholy about what the onset of spring means re certain feathered friends who visit my rooftop garden.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Saint Joseph's Day 2019


I cannot let this day pass without giving a shout out to Saint Joseph whose feast day is today (another Tuesday's Truths). I've published a number of post about him here on Blogger, including an entry where I discussed his influence on my home and my rooftop garden.

It's beginning to look a lot like Spring in my garden. (Tuesday's Truths WK 118)


For Snoopy, it is Woodstock returning from the other side of the doghouse that causes him to think Spring must be near, for me its the fact that my crocuses are poking their heads out from under their mulch that makes me think the season is truly upon us.

Monday, March 18, 2019

My FAA Tote Bags


Someone bought one of my tote bags from FAA (Fine Art America) that feature an image of the now famous Mandarin duck swimming in The Pond located in Central Park. She got it as a gift for her son and emailed me a photo of him "carrying" it. The picture she sent me is featured atop this entry (with her permission).

Moreover, she followed up with a lovely email stating, "The pouch with your photography really is absolutely beautiful. Great quality material and photo.  They absolutely make spectacular gifts.  My son loves his and we have it hanging on our kitchen chair to see every day..."

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Starlings came to NYC 129 years ago today.





Today marks the 129th anniversary of the arrival of Sturnus vulgaris AKA European starlings in NYC. A few photographs of "solo"  starlings visiting my garden at various times over the years are posted atop this entry.

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Ides of March

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Today, March 15th, is widely known as "The Ides of March," words made famous by the play, Julius Caesar (believed to have been written in 1599), where one character warns another to "beware" them.

However, the significance of The Ides of March was well established before the playwright, William Shakespeare ever wrote that play. I was not aware of certain facts re The Ides, Et tu, dear reader?

That being said, in honor of this day being The Ides of March, I will refer you to an informative article on the true meaning behind the line, "Beware the Ides of March," please click here to read.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

March 14 = Learn About Butterflies Day



On this unofficial holiday (Learn About Butterflies Day) it's good to remember words of wisdom from Jonathan Livingston Seagull who once stated, "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly."

With 2019's official onset of spring (in this hemisphere) occurring next week, it's an especially wonderful time to become acquainted with these insects. Both have visited my rooftop garden and are included in my collection of fauna-flora-insect-themed postcards (images of these cards are posted atop this entry).

Moreover, these insects are featured in volume one of my book series, Words In Our Beak.

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Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2AFZDCz
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2zxVujM
Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2AAnB26
book culture On Columbus (a bookstore on the UWS in NYC): http://bit.ly/2FsC1Uf

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2q75g8e
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DY0mz0
Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2G65m6H

Volume Three: ISBN: 978099637853
Now available on Amazon @ https://amzn.to/2IYkmpA and can be ordered from any place selling books by giving them the title and/or ISBN which is 978099637853

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Make Sure Clocks are set Correctly! (Wednesday's Wisdom)


Days have passed since the onset of 2019's DLST and people are still discombobulated — just like Mooch! Once again the Mutts characters are spot on re consequences of Day Light Savings Time!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Side Affect of Day Light Savings Time (Tuesday's Truths WK 117)


This one hundred and seventeenth segment of my Tuesday's Truths series falls a couple of days after the onset of Day Light Savings Time for 2019 and I think this Mutts comic strip expresses how many feel about adjusting to the annual time change!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saturday in the Park (S)


Usually anytime that I'm in a park on a Saturday, I find myself thinking of the golden oldie ("Saturday In The Park") performed by the band, Chicago. This past Saturday was no exception, except it wasn't a "Saturday in the park," rather it was a Saturday in the parks. The first one being Riverside Park, where I was moved by a "scene" I observed soon after I arrived: Two young boys were just leaving the site of a snowman that they had been creating.

One turned back to give their "sculpture" a final goodbye...

... then their creation was left to himself and/or for passers-by to enjoy...


... before the snowman would inevitably melt away and be gone forever!

Later that afternoon I came upon a coquettish looking snow-woman...


... in another park (Central Park ) with no evidence of her creators in sight; but there she stood, waiting to meet her inevitable fate once the sun came out in full force.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Identifying with Sally Brown


The Peanuts Comic Strip (as many of them do) posted atop this entry spoke to my heart the other day when I saw it in my FB Newsfeed. I am a landline cordless phone user who  has been without my phone service since November of 2018. This is due to a cable issue with Verizon which will supposedly be resolved April 3rd of this year.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The times they AREN'T a changing... (Wednesday's Wisdom)


As you can see, dear reader, the mini essay which is posted atop this entry was published on this day of March sixth in 1954. E.B.White wrote the piece and the sentiment within the it causes me to put a spin on Bob Dylan's lyrics: "...The times they are NOT a changing..."

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Mallards Doing the Otis Redding Thing (Tuesday's Truths WK 116)


In yesterday's post here on Blogger, all but one of the bird types included were ones I'd seen when in Central Park this past Sunday.

The birds in the photograph atop this posting (mostly Mallards) are ones I saw the Saturday prior to that when I was walking along the portion of The Greenway (on the UWS) which is parallel to the Hudson River.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Monday Musings: ON BEING AN ODD DUCK ETC


Yesterday morning I got the notification via a tweet from from Manhattan Bird Alert  which stated
"The MANDARIN DUCK and his reflection, continuing this Sunday at the Central Park Pond (60th and Fifth)" and upon reading it I made my way over to that area of CP.

However, when I arrived the Mandarin duck was no where to be seen, but The Pond, was being used by a number of other ducks, including male Wood ducks, such as the one seen in my photograph atop this entry.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Saturday's Sequel


It snowed again last night but the accumulation did not amount to much in my garden as you can see in the photo directly above and compare it to the one I included in yesterday's blog post, hence I'm considering this to be Saturday's sequel.

In the aforementioned  post, I also mentioned that March is National Peanut Month and I featured a quite a number of birds, including Northern cardinals, Blue Jays and Common Grackles, enjoying peanuts from various bird feeders in my garden.

Friday, March 1, 2019

It's March!


Well, here we are already in the third month for the year 2019, proving time does fly rather one is having fun or not! I hope someone remembers to wake Mooch (who can be seen in the Mutts comic strip posted atop this entry). But, maybe Mooch needs to sleep a bit more... after all, his pillow looks pretty comfortable and plus the weather might not be so great just yet.

As you undoubtedly know the beginning of March is associated with an idiom: "If March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb and if it comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb."

Evidently this is because "March straddles winter and spring in the northern hemisphere, it tends to have very harsh, unpleasant weather in the beginning but typically has milder, more palatable weather by the end." 

Here in NYC, March is beginning with moderate snowfall as seen in the picture below of my rooftop garden taken in the morning.


In any event, according to a number of sources (including Holiday Insights AKA HI), the month of March in the United States is known as Irish American Month, Music in Our Schools Month, National Celery Month, National Craft Month National Frozen Food Month, National Irish American Heritage Month (designated by Congress in 1995), National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Month, National Women's History Month, Red Cross Month and Social Workers Month.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Rare Disease Awareness Day


It was brought to my attention (through a Facebook posting) yesterday by my acquaintance (Catherine C) that Rare Disease Day is being observed on February 28th this year.

According to a number of sources, including NORD (The National Association for Rare Disorders), "In the U.S., any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people is considered rare. This definition comes from the Orphan Drug Act of 1983 and is slightly different from the definition used in Europe. There are more than 7,000 rare diseases affecting 25-30 million Americans. In other words, one in ten Americans are suffering from rare diseases and more than half of them are children."

She advocates for this cause due to the fact daughter has a rare disease (Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome AKA Fibro-Adipose Vascular Anomaly OR Kawasaki Disease). As it happens, before I saw Catherine's posting, I had a very unpleasant experience re my rare disease (Neurofibromatosis).

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

FLOWERS & FOLIAGE ARE FOR THE BIRDS! (Wednesday's Wisdom)



It is rather common knowledge that "birders who hope to see hummingbirds often plant nectar-bearing flowers to attract them, but hummers aren't the only birds attracted to flowers."

This truism (or wisdom) is certainly evidenced by the photos directly above (taken in my garden a few years ago) where a male house finch seems to be enamored by my blooming Crabapple Tree while a female Baltimore Oriole is spending her time in the midst of my roses.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Kermit THE Frog & An American Coot (Tuesday's Truths WK 115)


Welcome to segment 115 of my Tuesday's Truths series. The photograph atop this entry is a partial view of a Macy's Ballon (which was in one of their Thanksgiving Day Parades in bygone years) rendered in the likeness of Kermit The Frog. In this image, he is "flying" high above the treetops along CPW (Central Park West).

I thought of their ballon when I was by The Pond in Central Park yesterday.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Remembering "my" Mockingbird Visitor





There has been a Red-Tailed Hawk looming near my garden so visits from songbirds to my place have become infrequent. I truly miss seeing them at my bird feeders and am consoling myself with  the advice of E.B. White's aunt, who evidently said, "Memory is sufficient for the beauty we have seen."

While that is great wisdom, photographs, such as the ones of Harper, the Northern mockingbird seen here certainly help full the void of their absence.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday's Sequel (to 2-21's Blog Post)


This past Thursday, I published a post re it being a month after 2019's Squirrel Appreciation Day and in it one of the things I stated was this: "... A squirrel’s bushy tail actually serves a couple of purposes. For one, it helps them balance when they are walking along branches." 

Today I came upon the image that's posted above and indeed even though this squirrel is hanging on to a branch belonging to one of Central Park's trees by his/hers hind toes, it certainly seems like their tails assist in the balance! Pretty nifty...

Friday, February 22, 2019

Birds & Baseball


According to the FB Home Page for the Charles M. Schulz Museum, where the PEANUTS comic strip atop this entry is from, Spring Training (for baseball) began yesterday. I confess I don't follow the sport now since Julia V has died in 2002 (seven years before my first post here on Blogger) Julia was a homebound woman who lived on the UWS and I visited her on a regular basis through a program sponsored by The Church of the Blessed Sacrament.

Julia was a baseball fan (understatement), therefore, in order to have something to talk about a topic she would enjoy I listened to coverage of the sport on the radio, followed the newspaper headlines and watch a few games with her. I didn't keep with the the sport after she passed, but, I do know that a few teams have a bird as their mascot.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Squirrel Appreciation Day was 1/21/2019 (Throwback Thursday)


It is has been one month since the official date for 2019's Squirrel Appreciation Day occurred but it's not necessary to wait for such a holiday or for it to be Squirrel Awareness Month, which occurs in October) to appreciate this animal! These creatures are fascinating to observe at any time of the year.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Snow Day


We had a snow day in NYC today, but the accumulation wasn't much as evidenced by the snow atop my "water cooler" for birds (featured in the photo atop this entry). But the snowfall was enough to deter most birds from visiting my garden! Therefore, it was especially nice to have the company of a lone downy woodpecker on this snow day and his singing in the snow all the more cheerful for your truly.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

It's the 3rd Anniversary of Harper Lee's Death

IMAGE CREDIT

I posted something early this morning for my Tuesday's Truths series, but don't want the day to pass without paying homage to Harper Lee on this third anniversary of her death. The photo atop my entry is from one of her obituaries. Rarely is the time I encounter blue jays or mockingbirds and not think of her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. 

Some Facts Re Male Wood Ducks (ETC) Tuesday's Truths WK 114


Hello and welcome to Segment 114 of my Tuesday's Truths series. In this post I'll be telling you (along with other points of interest) some cool facts re Wood ducks, the bird type featured in the image atop this entry, who seemed to be giving me the stare (or glare) when I saw him in Central Park this past Friday.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday's Memo: It's Presidents' Day 2019


This is (for the most part) a repost of an entry here on Blogger from a Presidents' Day in bygone years sand it includes is a "copy" of an excerpt from a letter that the writer E.B. White wrote to Gluyas Williams in 1971, the year the holiday of celebrating George Washington's birthday with Abraham Lincoln's was created.

Prior  to this both president's birthdays were celebrated on their days of birth, February 12th and February 22nd. In 1971 GW's celebration was moved from 2/15 to the third Monday in February (as was Lincoln's). E.B. White wrote a letter (as mentioned in the first paragraph) in response to this, an excerpt is posted below.

"I am not used to celebrating Washington’s birthday on the 15th of February (or in today's case Fenbruary 18th), so I walked up early this morning and deposited letters in our mailbox. Then had to return and retrieve them an hour later when it dawned on me the mails weren’t moving today, even though George is still locked up tight in his mother’s womb and won’t emerge for a full week. This country is nuts. The only date I would like to see shifted is December 25th, which I would like shifted to February 29th, so that occurs only once every four years. This would have a profoundly beneficial effect on the nation and would set me back even course again." (The letter is included in an anthology, "Letters of E.B. White," and a picture of that book accompanies this entry.)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Mary Oliver died one month ago today...



.... and in honor of this extraordinary woman, who reminds us (in her poem "Flare")

"....When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields, consider
the orderliness of the world. Notice
something you have never noticed before,..."

I'm dedicating this post to her. I will confess that it doesn't take "loneliness stalking" to make me "Notice something (I) have never noticed before;" because it is in my nature to notice so called little things, but sometimes it takes a pair of eyes other than mine due to my challenges (understatement) with eyesight.

For instance this past Friday when I was in Central Park, where many were gathered around The Pond to snap pictures of the now famous Mandarin duck (he can be seen in the pictures atop this entry), I was talking with a woman (who identified herself as Becky) about the Mandarin and how his presence has brought so many people — from all walks of life — together.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Mandarin Mania Continues (Saturday's Sequel)




In one of yesterday's entries here on Blogger, I featured a few of my photographs of the "famous" Mandarin duck who has been spending a lot of time by himself in Central Park (CP) since October of 2018. Because it was Single Awareness Day, I spoke about this duck's "willingness" to not have a mate/partner/significant other. After publishing that post, I was able to take a walk in CP.

Much to my joy, I came upon the Mandarin again (he was in The Pond near 59th/60th) and I was able to take more photos of him that highlight his other physical attributes. A few of my images are featured atop this entry.