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Monday, December 18, 2017

Monday's Musings: "NYC is the place to be if your'e a bird."

Yesterday, Sunday December the seventeenth, was a mostly overcast day in NYC. The temperatures remained in the thirty degree range, so I layered up before heading down to Pier Eleven (near to the Greenway by the Hudson River) to follow the wisdom of the Negro spiritual and "lay down my troubles down by the riverside."

There is nothing like a walk in the park to clear one's head and Riverside Park is one of the best places to do that in Manhattan. As I made my way across the pier, I came upon a lone Ring-billed seagull (seen in the image atop this entry) who also knew about this respite on the UWS.

The Ring-billed seagull is a bird type that I've seen on a number of occasions when I've spent time on the Atlantic ocean's shoreline in Long Beach New York, including this past October when I came upon a number of Ring-billed seagulls. This bird type spending time at that beach is featured in the following set of pictures.

However, even though this beach is one of the most excellent places to spend one's time, the seagull I encountered yesterday, seemed to know the wisdom that Cam holds true: "NYC is the place to be if your'e a bird."

As you may know, Cam (the cardinal seen in the photo directly below) visits my rooftop garden on a frequent basis and wrote a book about her experiences titled, Words In Our Beak Volume One.

Her story is set in my garden and in it, is the place where Cam first proclaimed her belief that "NYC is the place to be if your'e a bird."

Perhaps the seagull (whom I encountered yesterday), had read Words In Our Beak Volume One, and had decided to see why Cam stated that "NYC is the place to be if your'e a bird."

In any event, this particular gull (the one seen in the first image atop this entry) seemed to be enjoying his/her time down by the riverside, in spite of the cold weather conditions, as evidenced in the following photos.

This lone seagull wasn't the only avian creature to come to the river side to lay down burdens, a number of Canadian geese were hanging out near to the Hudson (as seen in the next set of pictures).

These creatures were quick to tell me that they were not breaking any laws by spending time on the lawns alongside the greenway (which is parallel to the river).

One of these geese acted as a spokes-bird and pointed out to me that a posted sign stated, "Please no dogs on lawns," and he/she went on to say, "there wasn't anything that mentioned that geese should stay off the lawns."

Meanwhile, on the home-front in my garden, a number of mourning doves indulged in a leisurely Sunday brunch as evidenced below.

Similar photos of mourning doves "doing brunch" were included in an entry (yesterday) on TLLG's Facebook Page, where I mentioned that "this lovely bird type is featured in Cam's book."

Check it out as a a possible holiday gift for your friends who love birds! It's available in a number of versions:


Barnes and Noble:
Press Release (Book Seller Info):




The digital versions of Volume One within the Words In Our Beak book series that are mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold.


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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