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Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4th is STILL For The Birds!


Today, May 4th, is Bird Day. It seems more special today in 2018's Year of the Bird, which, as you may know, was designated as such due to this year being the one hundredth anniversary of the passing of The Migratory Bird Act.

In any event, according to Holiday Insights, "Bird Day is the oldest of the days set aside to recognize birds. According to the U.S. Library of Congress, Bird Day was first observed  on May 4, 1894. It was started by Charles Almanzo Babcock, superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania. By 1910, Bird Day was widely celebrated, often in conjunction with Arbor Day. Bird Day and Arbor Day events are focused upon conservation training and awareness."

If this breaking news sounds familiar to you dear reader, it may be because I discussed Bird Day in my May 4th posting for the year 2016, which was quite extensive, as it included many bird varieties.

You may reference it by clicking here. Since the publication of my Bird  Day post, I have published two hardcover versions within the Words In Our Beak book series and they can be seen in the image atop this entry.*

Today in honor of Bird Day, I am featuring images of all the bird types whom (in alphabetical order) I have met in Central Park or at the Hudson River, as well as in my courtyard, since that the last year's Bird Day.
American coot in Central Park:



Bufflehead Duck in Central Park:


Cormorant in Central Park (being watched by a male Mallard):


Great Blue Heron (in the company of Mallards) in Central Park:


Khaki Campbell ducks (seen in both Central Park and on the Hudson River respectively):



Muscovy duck (in the company of a house sparrow and pigeons) on a deck the Hudson River:


 Northern Pintail (in Central Park):


Red-Bellied Woodpecker (in Central Park):


Red-Tailed Hawk (in my courtyard):


Red-Winged Black Bird (in Central Park):


Ruddy Duck (in Central Park):


Wood duck (in Central Park):


And of today, this concludes the faces of new birds that I've met since last year's Bird Day. Btw, there are other holidays to pay homage to bird. One (National Bird Day) has come and gone (January 5th) for this year, but you can mark it in your calendar for next year, and one is coming up on the second Saturday in May (International Migratory Bird Day). 

I hope that I'm able to meet other birds between now and 2019's Bird Day and by that time, I plan to have published my final volume within the Words In Our Beak  series.

2019 ADDENDUM: 

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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