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    all yr: 2012-now          FOS in NY  
    2016 celebrate birding 10 year anniversary - 決志:  矢志不渝 、堅定不移地 進行觀鳥, 成為一生一世的嗜好, 天長地久的興趣.
    2016 (Aug-):  HK
    2016 (Jan-Jul): Mexico (4/7)
    2015 (8/14-): Curacao / HK
    2015 (Jan-8/8) log: South Carolina / Seattle
    2014 log: Jamaica / Canadian Rockies / Curacao
    2013 log (New Orleans, Costa Maya, Belize City, Roatan, & Cozumel, HK)        
    2012 (after Hurricane Sandy) log  
    2012 (Jul-before Hurricane Sandy) log  (Netherlands, UK, Scotland, Norway, Denmark) (birdList.b4_split2_b_and_c.htm)   
    2012 (Jan-Jun) log  (Costa Rica)  
    2011 log  (HK, Punta Cana
    2010 log  ( 1. Mar. Caribbean Cruise : Fort Lauderdale / Cozumel, Mexico ; 2. Nov. Caribbean Cruise : Puerto Rico / Half Moon Cay ) 
    2009 log  (Las Vegas; HK, Mainland China and Taiwan)  
    2008 log  (South Caribbean Cruise - Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Grenada, Bonaire & Aruba; Toronto; Palm Beach, Florida)   
    Photo and Video @ Punta Cana    pic01.htm  others   HK trips
    Note on Dragonfly and Damselfly   my insect spider list    Macro   butterflyMoth.htm   frog   kissena_rare_encounter.htm    Postings of NY Birding List
    Favorites in 2013   Favorites in 2012   Favorites in 2011  
    Bees   Wasps   Cricket   myInventory   myNationalPark.htm
    Costa Rica info   Costa Rica, 2012 - Photo    costa_rica_mybirdlist.htm
    Birding in Shetland Islands     Norway cruise     pc_stuff.htm    Google Voice    t-mobile (6/2014)   多部未华子   Don't vote Senator Gillibrand in 11/2018!   cull_CanadaGeese_at_JBWR.htm
    samsung_s3600.note01.htm   smart_phone.htm   car_problem.htm   pedometer.htm   Biblical_problems_caused_by_translation.htm   translation resource
    how_can_i_make_a_very_sharp_phot.htm   flash_wont_sync_in_slave_mode.htm   Camera/Camcorder for birding   cam4underwater   infrared_photography.htm
    comet_PANSTARRS.htm    Jamaica_bird.htm   2015plus_jamaica_trips.htm   Glacier   Hay fever   Glacier & Canadian Rockies  
    Curacao-1   Curacao-2   Bermuda   Cancun   Snorkeling Cozumel Reefs (El Cozumeleño Resort)
    Cuba [mirrorEthiopia [Rockjumper's standard tours (as we classify this PNG tour) are aimed at the keen birder who wants to see as many birds and as much wildlife as possible without extreme effort or arduous hours in the field i.e. the average birder. src]  
    South Carolina   Seattle
    Lead Adventures 3-Week Galapagos program - doc  
    Quito - Monastery of San Francisco - pic1  quito.htm
    List of whale and dolphin species        List of birds of HK
    全膝關節置換術 (TKA)   飛蚊症
    Honeywell 20 in. x 20 in. x 1 in. Elite Allergen Pleated FPR 10 Air Filter  $20  
    How to Get Free Gogo Inflight WiFi : Click on “Watch for Free” in the Delta Studio to watch free movies. > Choose your movie and select "Watch Now." > asked if you have the Gogo app or need to download the app. > select the option to “Download on the App Store.” (or Google Play)  > Leave the App Store once Gogo takes you there.

Vanessa's Delights Omega-3 Mix contains Omega-3 Fortified Cranberries, Roasted Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Raw Pistachios, and Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds).   Other brands: (has retail stores in NYC)

Labor Day weekend - Rockaway Beach (1Beach 59th St.) ; Sep. - Gulls feeding on ant swarms
Summer (August) is a good time to visit Rockefeller State Park, Valhalla, NY - at the lake/pond, many dragonflies & damselflies.
Winter birding in NYC
late Feb / early March:  Ring-billed Gulls, when they have shed their streaky winter plumage and have gleaming white feathers, a bright orange orbital ring and a bright orange gape, are pretty dang-dooddilly-delightful.  src
   may be also for other gulls (e.g., Great Black-backed Gull - <1> on 2/18/2012)
Early Spring, May: look for Fragile Forktail (Ischnura posita), Eastern Forktail & other dragonflies/damselflies emerges from its nympahal skin (exuvia) to commence the aerial portion of its life   src
ebird bird account 2012 up to 5/8 
detailed map of East Pond   Mirror 
excellent information on Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - 
Ranger Ryan JBWR plant    Dragonfly-Damselfly-Queens-Brooklyn
Oceanside: Peregrine Falcon & Swallows fledging (late May /early June), Osprey fledging (June), dragonflies (July), Clapper Rail babies (July?)
"3/31/2013 - Queens, New York City: I visited Breezy Point today to do some spring shorebird reconnaissance and had the following notables: Piping plover (3), eastern phoebes (2), my first-of-the-season American oystercatchers (17), sanderling (240), and dunlins (3). In a first for me at Breezy Tip, I had killdeer (5) roaming around where there used to be dunes. Out on the ocean, a handful of northern gannets were seen, all adults. No massive staging of waterfowl, with only a smattering of long-tailed ducks."  - Andrew Baksh   src
QCC Nature-on-Campus BLOG : 2015 February 16 ... Pelham Bay Park (Bronx, NY) "Superb Owl" walk led by David Burg. The walk was on, you guessed it, Super Bowl Sunday. ....; 2. Great Horned Owl in tree cavity; 3. a second Great Horned Owl in the distance; 4. a Killdeer on the beach ...
Golden Pond at Crocheron Park, Bayside, NY 11361 - QCC Blog   map   direction: Take I-295 N/Clearview Expy to 35th Ave. Turn right onto 35th Ave.

American Legion Post 1404, Broad Channel, NY  - 209 Cross Bay Blvd, Far Rockaway, New York 11693

Enterprise Park at Calverton (EPCAL) 

2016 May 9 - A transit of Mercury will occur. Full transit will be visible in South America, Eastern North America, ... 
September 1, 2016 - Annular Solar Eclipse will be visible from central Africa, Madagascar and locations from the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The eclipse will be partial for people in most of Africa.  info-1
Wi-Fi vs Li-Fi vs Wi-Fi HaLow

Friendly Badminton Club -    fb

1. Jamaica HS: Saturday from 2:00pm-6:00pm
16701 Gothic Drive, Jamaica NY 11432 (entrance on 168 street)
Facilities: four badminton indoor courts with hardwood floor and permanent lines, heater during winter, big parking lot (can accommodate about 60 cars), 10 minutes walk from F train at 169 street, three big benches around the courts.
Private/group training will be available from 2:00-3:00pm only with additional cost

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4/18/2017 Tue afternoon
Kissena (Corridor) Park
Common Grackle mating.  Pheasant, male (many good picture).  Wren singing for minutes.  Yellow-rumped Warbler male in breeding plumage?  Cormorants (5).

  Pheasant -
  Common Grackle -
  Wren -

4/16/2017 Sun afternoon - 2:30pm 88F
Crocheron Park (Golden Pond, John Golden Park section, etc.)

Swan incubating (or may be not until all eggs are laid) her 6 (or 5?) eggs in nest.  Mallard couple; female is a sitting duck possibly incubating.  Northern Flicker.  Common Grackles (possibly Boat-tailed?).
Morning around home:  Bumble or Carpenter Bee.


 Swan Sanctuary web site:

"After the nest has been built, which typically takes 2-3 weeks, the egg laying process begins with an egg being laid every 12-24 hours. Once all the eggs have been laid, which can take 2-3 weeks, they will all be incubated (ie sat on to start the growth process) at the same time with hatching usually 42 days (6 weeks) later"  src

4/15/2017 (Sat)  am sunny / pm after Dim Sum (with Bill)
JBWR / Kissena Park

Brants.  Cowbird, male (1).  Towhees singing.  Tree Swallows.  Crows.  Bumble Bee?  Warblers (possibly Yellow-rumped male in breeding plumage).  Carolina Wrens.  Laughing Gulls.  Catbird (1).  Ruddy Ducks.  Butterfly (1).  Goldfinch.  White-throated Sparrow singing.  Probably Song Sparrow singing.
Kissena:  A Nuthatch comes very close to us. Cormorants (5).  Common Grackles (many).

  Nuthatch -

1. Why do squirrels sometimes stop in the middle of the road and wait for the car to come close to start running across, or back to where it started?

The squirrel population's reckless use of the highway is also putting a lot of pressure on drivers who cannot figure out which way they will move.

"The only thing that is predictable when you approach a squirrel in the road is that it will act unpredictably,'' Good said. ``A squirrel may get three-quarters across the road and then run back the other way because it thinks it will be safer in the tree it has just come from.''

Another common reaction is for the squirrel to skip the Michael Jordan routine in favor of a Tiananmen Square strategy that involves standing in the middle of the road and staring down the approaching heavy armor. Good saidsquirrels do that because they see the automobile as a predator, and their reaction to predators in the wild is either to run or freeze.

"A squirrel in the road is not as stupid as it appears to be,'' Barclay said. "As a car approaches, it may be getting different signals from its ears and eyes. Sounds may be bouncing off the sides of the road and confusing it. It makes them easy targets.''   src

4/9/2017 (Sun)  pm - Weekend of Northern Flicker
Cunningham Park / Kissena Corridor Park

Corridor: a flycatcher, probably Eastern Phoebe, with a faint yellow part of its breast/belly.  Warbler?  Mourning Doves.  Mockingbirds (many and singing).  Northern Flicker & Downy Woodpecker again.  Female RWBB (1).

  Flycatcher -
  Mockingbird -
  Female RWBB
    - in flight
    - perching on a branch
4/8/2017 (Sat)  7-9am / pm after Dim Sum
Baisley Pond Park / Kissena Park

Baisley: Gadwalls. Ruddy Ducks. Shoveler. Mallards.  Coots. Mute Swan. Gulls. Downy Woodpecker. Northern Flicker. Titmouse. Female RWBB (1). Male RWBBs (a lot, conk-la-ree!). Barnacle Geese. Cormorant (in beautiful breeding plumage with 2 crests). Clipping Sparrow. House Sparrow. Song Sparrow. White-throated Sparrow. Savannah Sparrow? Great Egret. Mockingbird. Starling (one eating earthworm).
Kissena: Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1).  No gulls.  Cormorants (3).  A large flock of Common Grackles is seen while leaving the car on the way to Dim Sum.

  Gadwall / Coot -
  Ruddy Duck -
  Male RWBB
    - singing with tail pull out in fan shape
    - others
  Downy Woodpecker - <1>   <2>   <3>
  Northern Flicker -
  Titmouse -
  Cormorant -
cowbird, catbird, fox sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, fish crow, cattle egret, herring gull, BARNACLE GOOSE, turtle dove, turkey vulture, snake eagle, sparrow hawk, eagle owl, ...

Animals with Double Animal Names:
leopard shark,

and here

4/2/2017 (Sun)  pm, sunny and warm (63F)
Alley Pond Park

Downy Woodpecker.  Red-bellied Woodpecker.  Chickadee.  Robin (a lot).  Mourning Dove.  Hawk, not look like Red-tailed.  Merlin?
4/1/2017 (Sat)  pm
Kissena Park

Pied-billed Grebe (1).  Mute Swan (a pair).  Cormorant (5, FOS), one is beautiful in breeding plumage; it swallows a big fish.  Shoveler (a pair).  Blue Jay (1).
3/25/2017 (Sat)  am, warm, spring finally arrived / pm, cooler, cloudy with occasional light rain, feel more like winter and like the morning spring is gone.
JBWR / Queens County Farm Museum , pm: Kissena Park

Tree Swallow (FOS).  Fox Sparrow.  Snow Geese (many, migrating).  Canada Geese.  Cardinal.  Chickadee.  Hairy Woodpecker.  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1).  Robin (many).  Mockingbird.  Ruddy Duck.  Mallard.  Shoveler (many).  Osprey (FOS).  RWBB.  Song Sparrow, calling or singing?  White-throated Sparrow.  Junco.  Mourning Dove.  Crow.  Gulls.  
Kissena Park: Ring-necked Duck (2 males).  Northern Pintail (1 male); I don't think I am mistaken; not likely one of the hybrids (Pintail + Mallard or others) which have been resident for years.

  Robin -
3/11/2017 (Sat)  10-11am, cold
Queens County Farm Museum

Killdeer (1, FOS 第一次).  Mourning Dove (many).  Robin (a couple at museum and 1 near home when I walk back home from my car).  Junco (1+).  Cardinal heard only.  White-throated Sparrow.  Hawk.

  Killdeer -   <1> (fb)
  Mourning Dove -   <1>
  Robin -   <1>
  Cat -   <1>

A winter weather roller coaster

1. 2/8 (Wed) - Temperatures are forecast to hit a record-breaking 65 degrees early Wednesday — and then plummet to freezing by the end of the day as a major storm system brings four to eight inches of snow.
2. 3/4 (Sat) to 3/8 (Wed) - High temp (F) : 30 39 44 58 60.  Right now 14F at 8am 3/5 (Sun). Wild chill 5F.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- What's your weather preference? Rain? Snow? Sun? Spring? Winter?

This week (3/6-3/10) we could see a bit of everything, forecasters say.

The weather should be mostly sunny Monday (3/6) with temperatures in the low-to-mid 40s, but that will change Tuesday, with rain and fog in the morning. Temperatures should reach the 50s.

Wednesday should bring a warming trend, with temperatures topping 60 degrees. By evening, however, temperatures will begin to fall.

It will be more seasonal Thursday and Friday with temps in the 30s [*the low temp.], and we could see some snowflakes although no accumulation is expected.

The week's weather roller coaster for Staten Islanders is the result of snow and ice storms in the Midwest clashing with warm air coming up from the South, according to AccuWeather.   src

2/25/2017 (Sat)  am & pm, very warm and sunny
Kissena (Corridor) Park

RWBB (1 male, FOS).  Robin (6, eat earthworm).  Grackle (quite a lot, FOS).  Junco (1+).  Great Blue Heron (1).  Cardinal.  White-throated Sparrow.  Ring-billed Gull (a lot).  Blue Jay (3).  Gadwall (1 male).  Kestrel (1 pair).  Mute Swan (1 pair).  Mockingbird.  Nuthatch.  Chickadee.  Hybrid goose family gang of 5.  1 unknown hawk-like bird.  Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1).

  Chickadee -  <1>  (not look like Nuthatch)
2/19/2017 (Sun)  afternoon, very warm and sunny
Forest Park

Robin (1).  
2/18/2017 (Sat)  morning, warm and sunny
Kissena (Corridor) Park

Robin (1).  Red-tailed Hawk (1).  Junco (1).  Great Blue Heron (1).  Hooded Merganser (M+F).  Northern Shoveler (1 male).   Downy Woodpecker (1).  Red-bellied Woodpecker (1).  Cardinal.  RWBB (heard only).  White-throated Sparrow.  Ring-billed Gull (a lot).  etc.

  Downy Woodpecker -  <1>   <2>
1/28 Sat, Chinese New Year.  Fire Rooster Year.
Play badminton at Jamaica HS
Buy a pair of badminton shoe at there for $50. 
Phantom Aquatics Jacket Style Zippered Snorkel Vest, Yellow
M Essentials Sea Gold Anti-Fog Gel for Dive Masks
I put the Vest in the new purple big luggage suitcase and put the Sea Gold with other swimming stuff (goggles, etc.)
1/11 - 1/18/2017 Cayman Islands

11 Wed - eat at Calypso Grill.  Visit 3 public beaches on one day, finding that they all have parking.
12 Thu - Botanic Park, lunch for Winnie is cup noodle. Bodden Town Cemetery / The White House - good snorkeling. Urobatis yellow stingray.
13 Fri - the wreck of the Gamma. Burger King good place for even Winnie snorkeling - see a large almost one foot puffer fish.  See flounder perhaps Plate Fish (Bothus lunatus, sometimes known as Peacock Flounder 撻沙) at Cemetery Beach late afternoon.
14 Sat - Turtle Farm - chasing a pair of Red-Legged Honeycreepers.
15 Sun - THE WRECK OF THE CALI, swim from Rackam's restaurant.
16 Mon - Stingray City.  Smith Cove.
17 Tue - Sunset Hose
   The green moray is a moray eel of the family Muraenidae, found in the western Atlantic from New Jersey, Bermuda, and the northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil, at depths down to 40 m. Its length is up to 2.5 m. 
   The nurse shark is a shark in the family Ginglymostomatidae. Nurse sharks can reach a length of 3.08 m, and are native to warmer parts of the Atlantic and East Pacific. 
   3 feet puffer fish, probably Black Spotted Porcupine Fish. 
   Plate Fish Peacock Flounders or other flounders.  Bothus lunatus is a Lefteye flounder.  There are Righteye floundersinfo-1
   Trumpet fish
   Juvenile French Angelfish, probably not juvenile gray angelfish. Look like this mirror   src
18 Wed

Cowfish - may not be on 17
Blue Tang -
   Acanthurus coeruleus is a surgeonfish found commonly in the Atlantic Ocean. It can grow up to 39 centimetres (15 in) long.[2] Common names include Atlantic blue tang, blue barber, blue doctor, blue doctorfish, blue tang, blue tang surgeonfish, yellow barber, and yellow doctorfish.

Juvenile French Angelfish, probably not juvenile gray angelfish.


  Sea Turtle - 14 at Turtle Farm - <1a> (red)   <1b> (transfer to green/blue)  
  Red-Legged Honeycreeper -
  Monk Parakeet -
  Cuban Parrot (Amazona leucocephala) - Grand Cayman Parrot (Amazona leucocephala caymanensis) -
  Greater Antillean Grackle (Quiscalus niger caymanensis)<1>  
  Tern -
  Stingray City - Google Drive
  Google Photo 1

(1) Iguanas have right of way on the roads in Little Cayman.  Cayman's Local Animals
(2) Travefy's plan
(3) The web site will help you identify the butterflies and understand how they make the best of their very harsh environment to survive.  src
(4) Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park - Cayman Islands Government Television (CIGTV)
(5) Virtual Bird Guide   src
(6) Common bird:  Greater Antillean Grackle (Ching chings, Blacksmith) Quiscalus niger.
(7) The hickatee Trachemys decussata angusta  is a medium-sized freshwater turtle, also called a “slider”. They can be found in fresh and brackish water pools around the islands.  Hickatees are most commonly seen poking their heads out from beneath the waterline, in order to draw breath. They are also commonly seen basking on rocks, mangrove roots and partially submerged tree stumps, to heat their bodies in the sunshine.
(8) 5 Minute Photoshop Edit - Underwater Photography - Techniques

Step 5 – Improve the Color

Now we can start on the color improvement stage. This will help to remove the blue ‘cast’ typical in most underwater photos, helping to restore a more natural and vivid color tone to the photo. 

1. Channel Mixer

My first step is to go into the Layer menu.  Select New Adjustment Layer.  On the drop-down menu, then select Channel Mixer.  Select ‘Ok‘ to save this layer.   This opens a new adjustment box.

The Channel Mixer allows Photoshop to ‘transfer’ color/pixel information from one color (red, green or blue) into another color.   The photo is missing red color (as most underwater photos do).  To improve the  red spectrum of lighting,  just experiment with raising either the green or blue values.   If you raise one value, you must decrease the other (i.e. raise green, decrease blue) to prevent over-saturation.

(11) The regret 遺憾 :
a. Cali Wreck not fully tour
b. Cemetery Beach not fully tour- not sure see the near shore reef or not
c. no Blue Iguana
d. no octopus, wild sea turtle, starfish
e. no Barkers National Park
(12) Turtle Farm from this cruise guy. Lots of photos.

The Cayman Islands parrots are two sub-species of the Cuban Parrot (Amazona Leucocephala).

Cayman's parrots have iridescent green feathers with darker edges over the body, a white eye ring, red cheeks, black ear patches and brilliant blue wing feathers which are only obvious when the bird is in flight. The tail has blue outer edges, with some red and yellowish-green underneath.

The Grand Cayman Parrot (Amazona leucocephala caymanensis) also has a pink flush to its whitish forehead.

The Cayman Brac Parrot (Amazona leucocephala hesterna) is slightly smaller, with more black trim on its green feathers. The crown is pure white, and there is a large maroon area on the abdomen. It is now found only on Cayman Brac. Although it used to inhabit Little Cayman, it was apparently wiped out from there by the 1932 hurricane.   src

1/1/2017 (Sun)  morning
On the way from home to subway

Mourning Dove.