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Saturday, December 14, 2019

A New Perspective re Animals Who Are Living in Zoos (the sequel to my 12-10-2019 post)

The photographs atop this entry feature a Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus Ruber) hanging out with a Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra Avosetta. In my recent episode (12-10-2019) of my Tuesday's Truths series, I mentioned that I'd seen the bird type known as Scarlet Ibis when I visited the zoo in Central Park.

Within the aforementioned entry, I state,"I must confess, in this one hundred and fifty-fourth "episode" of Tuesday's Truths, that while I was awestruck by the Scarlet Ibis's beauty (as you might surmise from the many photos included within this entry), I do not like to see birds or any animals within the confines of a zoo."

I also mention that I subsequently "received some wisdom  (from a Jane Goodall interview) about my feelings re animals and zoos, which I will discuss in my Saturday's Sequel post (12-14-2019)...," so here I am with my follow-up and a copy (posted directly below) of the interview where Jane Goodall discusses this somewhat controversial issue.

I admit that upon my seeing the Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus Ruber) and Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra Avosetta) bird varieties (exactly two weeks ago when I was at the zoo), I did think anyone having an opportunity to see them there would find the expirence educational and it could potentially raise awareness re needs of wildlife, the Rain Forest, and our environment, yet I felt divided on how animals might feel when confined to a zoo.

My suspicion is that Ms. Goodall is correct for she knows far more about the needs of wildlife than almost anyone and with that thought here are a few pictures of other birds I saw at the zoo.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

NYC will NOT be a NO horse town!

The history as well as the ultimate fate of Claremont Riding Academy and Claremont Stables are discussed in my latest iLovetheUpperWestside article (published by Mike Miskin). Please click here to read it.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

My Encounter with a Scarlet Ibis (AKA Eudocimus ruber) Tuesday's Truths WK 154

The photo atop this entry features a Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) who is a bird type I met in Central Park's Zoo nearly a week and a half ago. This variety is found in the wild Tropical rainforests and mangroves of Central America and northern South America.

The zoo's web-page describes them as having  being "solid scarlet except for black wing tips (and having ) a bill that is long, thin and curved downward; (with a) neck (that) is long and slender; (their) legs are also long and thin with partially webbed feet; juveniles are dull, grayish brown and they grow up to twenty-four inches."

Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) eat "shrimp, crabs, various crustaceans, mollusks, and insects" and have a "life span of up to 20 years."

Additionally "the scarlet Ibis is the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago. It belongs to the same order as herons, spoonbills, and storks. Scarlet ibises forage for food by probing their long curved bills into soft mud. They also are known to sway their bills back and forth in shallow water to capture prey."

Sunday, December 8, 2019

John Lennon was shot 39 years ago today!

Today marks the thirty-ninth anniversary of John Lennon's assassination. Please click here to read my recently published iLovetheUpperWestside article where you will learn about the day it took place and the legacy left by Lennon.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Eve of the Second Sunday of Advent 2019

Tonight marks the Eve of the Second Sunday of Advent, a season that I've written about in a number of entries throughout my years of having this blog. Wikipedia defines this time period as a "season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning 'coming."

I'm most thankful to have been given a wreath, which can be seen in the photo that is atop this entry (you can read about the significance of the wreath on another Wikipedia page by clicking here).

This wreath was made especially (as a gift) for me by the same women who gave me one last year.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tuesday's Truths WK 153: The Mandarin Duck May NOT have turned his back on NYC!

Welcome to my one hundred and fifty-third segment of Tuesday's Truths. Today, I feel obliged to share some disturbing news that I found in my feed: "New York, NY — Mandarin Patinkin, a duck best known for making New Yorkers happy, at least for the six months he resided in Manhattan, is missing and feared dead."

Monday, December 2, 2019

Snow Day

Hope NYC peeps are enjoying this snowfall!

It has come before I’ve had a chance to winterize my garden (which I’ll be doing next Wednesday) and it has come on the date that Winter’s Eve (the tree lighting at Dante Park) is scheduled to take place. I feel sorry for the Chinese dancers who are scheduled to perform there.

Be that as it may, garden winterizing is a topic which is covered in the second volume of my book series, Words In Our Beak.

Btw, with the Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanza seasons approaching, please consider giving these books to those near and dear to you!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sunday's Sequel: Answering the Question, "How low can you go?"

In my Thanksgiving Eve entry here on  Blogger, I mentioned warnings that unusually high winds could prevail on Thanksgiving, causing the grounding of balloons who were set to "march" (fly) in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

And as I said in my subsequent entry which I published on the day after the official holiday (where I featured the Macy's balloon who is rendered in the likeness of Chase from Paw Print), "Indeed, there were VERY high winds, but the balloons were allowed to participate..."

I concluded my aforementioned entry by stating, "THE QUESTION OF THE DAY WAS: 'How low can you go?' Stay tuned for photo-ops (in subsequent entries) re the answer to this question!"

Now, two days after I published that entry, I'm still not sure how low a Macy's ballon can go, but I am able to give you a pictorial accounting of what happened in the case of several of them.

In the first picture atop this entry, Sinclair's Dinosaur, can be seen heading south down CPW during this year's parade.

In the second as well as the third photo approaching that same street lamp in 2017.

As for Jett, another 2019 parade participant, he nearly collided with that same street lamp in 2017, as evidenced in the photograph below...

... but in the Parade that took place the other day, he could hardly go above CPW!

The same is true for Pikachu: He nearly collided with that same street lamp in 2017, as shown in the picture below...

... but in the Parade that took place the other day, like Jett, Pikachu could hardly go above CPW!

Wiggle Worm also had a hard time getting off the "ground" this year...

... but who can blame her?

After all, worms are ground travelers!