Bird List 🌅
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,
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
(Jul-before Hurricane Sandy) log (Netherlands, UK, Scotland, Norway, Denmark) (birdList.b4_split2_b_and_c.htm)
2011 log (HK,
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)
and Video @ Punta Cana
others HK trips
on Dragonfly and Damselfly
Postings of NY Birding List
Costa Rica, 2012 - Photo
Birding in Shetland Islands
Google Voice t-mobile (6/2014)
多部未华子 Don't vote Senator Gillibrand in 11/2018!
Camera/Camcorder for birding
Glacier & Canadian Rockies
Snorkeling Cozumel Reefs
(El Cozumeleño Resort)
[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.
Lead Adventures 3-Week Galapagos program -
Quito - Monastery of San Francisco -
List of whale and dolphin species
List of birds of HK
20 in. x 20 in. x 1 in. Elite Allergen Pleated FPR 10 Air Filter $20
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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.
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
may be also for other gulls (e.g., Great Black-backed Gull - <1>
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.
ebird bird account 2012 up to 5/8
detailed map of East
excellent information on Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge -
Ranger Ryan JBWR plant
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
(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 -
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 -
of Mercury will
occur. Full transit will be visible in South America, Eastern North America, ...
September 1, 2016 -
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.
Wi-Fi vs Li-Fi vs Wi-Fi HaLow
Friendly Badminton Club -
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
5/20/2017 (Sat) am
JBWR / Broad Channel American
Breach is closed and the trail is re-opened. I walked a full circle around
Broad Channel : nothing.
Yellow Warbler (FOS). Boat-tailed Grackle, male (100% sure; not Common
Grackle). Spotted Sandpiper. Black-bellied
Plover. Semipalmated Plover and other shorebirds (probably Semipalmated
Glossy Ibis. Towhee. House Finch. House Wren. Possibly
Carolina Wren. Cowbird, male. Killdeer
(after so many years), Flycatcher. Carpenter Bee.
Caterpillars. Laughing Gull. Herring Gull. Tern. Canada Goose
family. Black Duck. Cormorant. Catbird. RWBB.
Mourning Dove. Cardinal. Starling. Song Sparrow. Brant.
Wish to see: Scarlet Tanager (last confirmed observation: 5/6/2012 (Sun))
House Wren -
5/14/2017 Sun afternoon after Mother day lunch in Chinatown
Swan is still incubating in nest. Red-bellied Woodpeckers fighting.
4/29/2017 Sat 7am-12pm (door to door) / afternoon after Dim Sum
Nickerson Beach (880 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561) & Oceanside /
Morning at Nickerson Beach, it is cloudy and windy, feel like winter. At
noon and afternoon, it is hot (~80F) like summer. At 5pm, it feels like 84F.
Nickerson: Oystercatchers(FOS), many, some look like have been paired.
Piping Plover (2) (FOS). Willets (FOS). Sanderlings (FOS), I think. Gulls. Crows (one
is Raven?). On the way
driving to the beach, see a Boat-tailed Grackle (FOS), I think. Song Sparrow singing.
Oceanside: Clapper Rail, first time see it calling. Semipalmated Sandpipers.
Least Sandpipers (2+). Terns, probably Common. Barn and Tree
Swallows. Butterfly. Osprey (laying 3 eggs). Peregrine Falcon
(3 chicks are hatched but from the video I can only see 2 are being fed by a
Kissena: Many blooming Cherry Trees. Look like a Boat-tailed Grackle.
Many Catbirds. Baltimore Oriole (FOS), very beautiful. Cormorant (1).
Yellow-rumped Warbler (a few, at least one male in breeding plumage).
Downy Woodpecker. Mute
Clapper Rail -
Tree Swallow - competing rivals.
Cherry Tree -
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).
Common Grackle -
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.
Common Grackle -
Northern Flicker -
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
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>
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.''
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).
- 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.
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
Gadwall / Coot -
Ruddy Duck -
- singing with tail pull out in fan shape
Downy Woodpecker - <1>
Northern Flicker -
cowbird, catbird, fox sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, fish crow, cattle egret,
herring gull, BARNACLE GOOSE, turtle dove, turkey vulture, snake eagle,
eagle owl, ...
Animals with Double Animal Names:
ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE
ANT BEAR SPIDER CRAB ANT LION
HORSE FLY SPIDER MONKEY APHID LION HORSE MACKEREL SQUIRREL MONKEY BARNACLE GOOSE
HORSELEECH TIGER BEETLE BATFISH KANGAROO RAT TIGER MOTH BOARFISH LEOPARD FROG
TIGER SHARK BUFFALO FISH LEOPARD SEAL TIGER SHRIMP BUTTERFLY FISH MOLE CRICKET
TURKEY BUZZARD CATFISH MULE DEER TURKEY VULTURE DEER FLY OTTERHOUND VIPERFISH
DOGFISH OWL MONKEY WHALE SHARK ELEPHANT SEAL PARROT FISH WOLF EEL ELKHOUND
PORCUPINE FISH WOLF SPIDER FLEA BEETLE RACCOON DOG WOLFHOUND FOX TERRIER RAT
SNAKE ZEBRA BUTTERFLY FOXHOUND RHINOCEROS BEETLE ZEBRA FINCH GOATFISH SCORPION
FISH ZEBRAFISH GOPHER SNAKE SCORPION FLY
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
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.
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
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.
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>
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.
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).
- <1> (not
look like Nuthatch)
2/19/2017 (Sun) afternoon, very warm and sunny
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).
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
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
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
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
3 feet puffer fish, probably Black Spotted Porcupine Fish.
Peacock Flounders or other flounders. Bothus lunatus
Lefteye flounder. There are
Juvenile French Angelfish, probably not juvenile gray angelfish.
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. 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 -
<1b> (transfer to
Red-Legged Honeycreeper -
Monk Parakeet -
- Grand Cayman Parrot (Amazona leucocephala caymanensis) -
Greater Antillean Grackle
Stingray City -
Google Photo 1
(1) Iguanas have right of way on the roads in Little Cayman.
(2) Travefy's plan
The caymanbutterflies.org 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
(6) Common bird: Greater Antillean Grackle
(Ching chings, Blacksmith) Quiscalus
(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.
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
(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
Turtle Farm from this
Lots of photos.
The Cayman Islands parrots are two sub-species of the Cuban Parrot (Amazona
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
1/1/2017 (Sun) morning
On the way from home to subway