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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday's Truths, The Thirty-Third Week: STELLA's occurrence was one week ago!

Welcome to Week Thirty-Three 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 rooftop 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,

as well as the soft-cover version,

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;

and ducks,

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.


I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described here or on my website but arrangements might be able to be made under certain circumstances. My focus is on the Words In Our Beak book series, pictured below...


...whose stories are told from the point of view of Cam, a female cardinal, whose photo is on the cover of each book. Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The books include hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.

Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally, I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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