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For the Birds 9

I haven’t used this title in half a decade, but today I couldn’t resist. JRT waited at the Staten Island side of the VZ. But so were the geese, the brants. Lots of them. As well as the gulls. James D joined JRT as an escort gull whizzed overhead. Now you see it? Now? Jonathan […]

For the Birds 8

There are birds . . .  .  like (?) this winter plumage loon and this common merganser male.  And there are birds . . . here.  The rest of these photos come from Brian DeForest. What I’d still like to see this winter is one of these, though. Many thanks to Brian DeForest for these […]

For the Birds 7

Credit for this post goes to Rod Clingman, who yesterday sent me info about tree swallow roosting on the Connecticut River.  For info on this amazing gathering, click here and here. All fotos here are thanks to my daughter, who sent them a month ago already from Guanabara Bay, aka the natural harbor of Rio. […]

For the Birds 6

Most of the previous birds posts have been in winter .  . except this one.  I find birds one of the joys of winter.  So on the last day of winter, rather than go out and get rainy/sleet fotos, enjoy these. Two Brants discuss the approaching Hayward and the distancing Prominent Ace escorted in by […]

For the Birds 5

Here was Birds 4.  Birds intrude on these fotos a fair amount just because they do.  I usually don’t intend bird fotos, but like the second from bottom here, they happen and make intriguing juxtaposition.  Vastly different proximity of bird and vessel sometimes  makes for apparently huge birds and new ways of seeing, as in […]

For the Birds 4

You can’t hang around the water much and not see birds, and some populations that migrate in and out with the season.  I was snapping a foto in the distance when I heard the telltale sound of my favorite paparazza, catching me in flagrante delicto. But please, I said, I just wanted a foto of […]

For the Birds 3

Two gulls on an H-bitt, a tern on a rudder quadrant below the highlands of the Isle of Staten, a gull and two night herons  (see the second one directly below the first, near waterline) on disintegrating wooden scow, a loon in the north woods waters of Opeongo, a solitary heron over the skylines of […]

For the Birds 2

The past 24 hours has seemed the right time to reread parts of Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez. Not that I’ve ever visited the Arctic.  And ice is part of the bargain living at our latitude. Ice is habitat, among many other things.  We see some, but if it was 20 in the sixth boro […]

For The Birds

Yesterday afternoon along the Arthur Kill, I communed with this creature, which I thought erroneously an osprey.  Peregrine?  Some type of hawk?  I was amazed that while tearing apart its rare-rat lunch (I declined a portion), it allowed me within 10 feet!  More fotos of the encounter at the bottom of this post.  I knew […]


For three magical years I lived on a boat 20 or so miles east of JFK Airport. There were challenges, especially in winter, but one of the treats was the ever-changing mix of birds. My favorite was the black-crowned night heron, the only bird that terrified my parrot. When the heron would land on the […]