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For the Birds 16

This September post gives a clue about why I pay attention to the birds when waiting for a ship.  Of course, buffleheads migrate into the sixth boro in late autumn and stay until spring.  But since the onset of 2022, birds have been everywhere, including the names on ships.  Check AIS or the waters themselves […]

Winter Bird

It’s a quick post today, since I’m on a short gallivant.  When I took a hike this morning and saw two cardinals on a snowy branch, I knew exactly it was time to post a photo I took earlier this week of Fugro Enterprise, a vessel that reminds me of a cardinal with some traces […]

For the Birds 15

Birds and water tend to go together, but farther inland sometimes you see captivating sights, birds exotic to me. Rivers and lakes have these elongated birds. For the best photos of herons . . . a blog devoted entirely to these birds, check out babsje heron blog.  I’ve been reading it for years.  The graceful […]

For the Birds 14

Here are the birds.  Now what’s the rest of the story? Part of the story is told by these flags, US courtesy, German registry, and is that a pilot flag? She was large for a 2008 container ship:  1098′ x 140′ with a capacity of 8606 teu.   I’d love to know more about accessing […]

For the Birds 13

The water and its edges are good places to see birds;  that’s the origin of this series. The next six photos were taken in August 1997, almost 25 years ago.  I post them now because I recently learned some new info, which pertains to the gentleman in brown (driving the boat and bearded and sunglasses) […]

For the Birds 12

Slater, later, but for now . . . birds! If I could paint a picture of these elegant BB red old English bantams strutting around my brother’s garage, I’d put it on my wall. If ever there was a bird that deserves to inspire a cartoon figure with swagger, the oyster catcher should be right […]

For the Birds 11

Whatzit?  Or, howzit? It’s just a male bufflehead caught in mid-dive.  This is the winter bird of the sixth boro . . . Hmm . . .  maybe we need a whole set of sixth boro symbols.  I’m open to your suggestions for tree, rock, beverage, flag . . .  the works . . Sometimes […]

For the Birds 10

Ships with bird names seem plentiful this year.  Recall One Ibis, ONE Apus, ONE Stork, CM CGM Aquila,  Oyster Catcher, NYK Falcon, NYK Crane… I could go on.   In the past months and not posted here, I’ve seen tankers like BW Raven and Yasa Flamingo, Yasa Hawk and Yasa Swan…, but this guy, a bufflehead, […]

Travels Without Charley

As you know, I’m just back from a trip.  A few months back, I’d considered taking the bird with me, a la John Steinbeck with his dog.  But he would not have been an easy companion, and since some work was involved, I thought it better to go without Charley, one of Nigel’s many names.  […]

April Duxster

Six years ago today, truckster was spawned here.  I’ve had fun with that, and if I see more old mobile or formerly mobile hardware along the ways, I’ll still stop and look closer.  By the way, any guesses on the make and year?  Answer is at the end of this post. But all things must […]