Bird List 🌅
all yr: 2012-now
FOS in NY
2017 Cayman Islands / Bonaire & Curacao / HK
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
fb Post - 青衣島 譚炳文 1971
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
Hurricane & Typhoon
2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Among Top 10 Most Active in History
By Jonathan Erdman,
Oct 2 2017
By one measure of activity called the ACE (Accumulated Cyclone Energy)
index, which adds each tropical storm or hurricane's wind speed through its life
cycle, the 2017 season is already a top 10 busiest season.
Through September 30, following the demise of former Hurricane Maria,
2017 was already the ninth most active Atlantic hurricane season of record,
according to statistics compiled by Dr.
Phil Klotzbach, Colorado State tropical meteorologist.
Long-lived, intense hurricanes have a high ACE index, while short-lived, weak
tropical storms have a low value. The ACE of a season is the sum of the ACE for
each storm and takes into account the number, strength and duration of all the
tropical storms and hurricanes in the season.
According to a
National Hurricane Center report, only 1933 and 2004 had a faster ACE pace
through the end of September than 2017. As the graph above shows, each of those
seasons ended up a top five active season overall, with 1933 occupying the top
percent of an average Atlantic season's ACE index occurs after October 2,
according to Klotzbach's climatology.
Just an average amount of ACE the rest of this season would place 2017 in close
to the top
five most active seasons in the satellite era.
2. In Oct, up to 10/28, we have:
Hurricane Nate & Hurricane Ophelia (On
October 14 at 11:00 a.m. AST (15:00 UTC), Ophelia unexpectedly intensified to a
Category 3 hurricane, making Ophelia the sixth major hurricane
of the season and the easternmost storm of such strength in the Atlantic basin
2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Now Seventh Most Active in History By Jonathan Erdman,
Oct 15 2017
4. Atlantic Hurricane in Nov
Hurricane Otto Crosses From Caribbean to Pacific
- Otto made landfall on Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving), 2016 in southern Nicaragua.
- Otto was the record latest-in-season hurricane landfall anywhere in the
- Otto was also the strongest Atlantic hurricane on satellite record this late
in the season.
- Maximum sustained winds were 115 mph at landfall, making Otto a Category
3 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Otto
intensified from a tropical storm to a Category 3 hurricane in just 24 hours
in the day leading up to landfall.
More November Perspective:
November Atlantic Basin tropical cyclones aren't all that unusual.
In November, tropical cyclones typically form where the waters are warmest.
Thus, one cluster of storms forming in November is in the western Caribbean Sea.
A second broad area of formation is in a broad swath of the western and central
Atlantic Ocean, sometimes spinning off from an old frontal boundary, sometimes
transitioning from a cold-core low to a subtropical or tropical cyclone.
Just eight years ago (2008), Hurricane
Paloma reached Category-4 intensity, the second-strongest November hurricane
of record, damaging or destroying nearly every building on Cayman Brac,
according to the
National Hurricane Center's final report.
Why there have been so many hurricanes in 2017
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is
"extremely active," according to the definitions used by the National
That's largely because there have been
excellent conditions for hurricanes to form: low wind shear and high ocean
This year will set some records but won't
necessarily be as bad as 2005.
6. Pacific 2017
Cyclone Energy (ACE) for
the 2017 Pacific typhoon season, as of 06:00 UTC October 29, is 148.6675 units.[nb
1] - so already a "Above-normal season."
East Pacific ACE:
not up-to-date? Or Only East Pacific, excluding Central
*Above-normal season: An ACE value above 135 (117% of the median), provided
at least two of the following three parameters exceed the long-term average:
number of tropical storms (16), hurricanes (9), and major hurricanes (4).
Hemisphere Tropical Cyclone Activity for 2017
1981-2010 Climatological Activity Through October 29 in
Global statistics were last modified: October 29 2017 03:00 MT
11/4/2017 (Sat) am / pm
JBWR (12th visit of this year) / Kissena Park
Towhee. Yellow-rumped Warbler. Junco (many). Goldfinch. American Wigeon. Shoveler. Ruddy Duck
(at West Pond too). Hermit Thrush.
Kissena Park: Warbler (or female Golden-crowned Kinglet, less likely), very close with us for a long
period of time; but I bring no camera. I only use Winnie's Redmi Note 4X
taking some low-quality pictures.
10/28/2017 (Sat) am / pm
Baisley Pond Park & Kissena Park / Kissena Corridor Park
Baisley : Gadwall. American Wigeon. Shoveler. Ruddy Duck. Ring-billed Gull, possibly.
No Redhead is seen.
Kissena : Nothing special.
Kissena Corridor : Kestrel. Hermit Thrush.
10/22/2017 (Sun) pm
Wood Duck, juveniles: 2 M (in adult plumage) + 2 F. Seven babies hatched
in June (or July).
Seen by Cesar
Castillo on Sat May 06, 2017.
Wood Duck - <1>
10/21/2017 (Sat) am / pm
JBWR (11th visit of this year) / Bear Mountain State Park - Seven Lakes Drive (Harriman State Park)
JBWR - Peregrine Falcon. Kingfisher (female or immature). Northern Flicker? Shoveler.
Lake Welch(?) / Seven Lakes -
Bear Mountain -
Google "Seven Lakes foliage"
2. The best time of day to wend your way up the Seven Lakes Drive is early
morning or late afternoon, when the light bursts through the golden leaves and
light winds gently rustle the vibrant, fall-hued trees. Further along the drive
lies Lake Welch, an almost glass-like body of water that reflects the colorful
maples on the shoreline.
10/14/2017 (Sat) am
Baisley Pond Park
Kinglet. Towhee. White-throated Sparrow. Song Sparrow.
Unknown Sparrow. Warbler? Double-crested Cormorant. Coot.
Hermit Thrush, probably.
10/7/2017 (Sat) am / pm
JBWR (10th visit of this year) / Kissena Park
JBWR - Northern Flicker. Flycatcher. Shoveler.
Kissena - Painted Turtle (flatter)
and Red-eared Slider.
Dragonfly. Yellow-rumped Warbler. Black-throated Blue Warbler, male.
Many Monarchs in both places.
Yellow-rumped Warbler - <1>
9/24/2017 (Sun) pm; highest is 91F.
Kissena Corridor Park
Northern Flicker. Flycatcher. Flower Fly. Rabbit (2-3); one
is surely Eastern Cottontail (rusty nape patch is a key to id cottontail).
9/23/2017 (Sat) am before Dim Sum / noon-12:45pm
Kissena (Corridor) Park
/ Kingsland Wildflowers (Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival)
Kissena - Butterfly.
Kingsland - Skipper.
GPS: Kingsland Wildflowers - 520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn 11222.
(Sat) am / pm
JBWR (9th visit of this year) / Kissena Park
JBWR - Sand Wasp. Another wasp probably
Mud Wasp ( Chalybion
Moth. Wood Duck. Some shorebirds: Yellowlegs.
Kissena - Hummingbird. Damselfly. Amberwing.
Painted Turtle (flatter)
and Red-eared Slider.
Chimney Swift flock.
9/2 Sat - 9/12 Tue
Curacao / Bonaire
JetBlue Airways 1111
New York (JFK)
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, Bonaire -
40 Julio A. Abraham Boulevard, Kralendijk
At CUR, wait for 30 min until passport inspection.
Then custom clearance is no wait. Then go-to Departure. Insel air counter no
wait and fast to get boarding pass. Pay for Us $10 for tax on the top of the
ticket. Go through security and settle down at gate 7 at 3pm. Enjoy sandwich and
wait for the 4:55 flight.
- Cruise ship
Zenith - probably Antilles and South Caribbean cruise:
Colón (Panamá) - Cartagena de Indias - Navegación - Curaçao - Kralendik
(Bonaire) - Aruba - Navegación - Colón (Panamá)
I go snorkeling with Woodwind.
The lady is Dee. She shows me the Christmas tree worms. We
- Bonaire Day (Legal Holiday) - change hotel
1:30pm cancel rent car at Divi Flamingo
9/8 (Fri) - evening before
sunset, see South American Yellow Oriole (Gele
Troepiaal, Trupial Kacho).
|9/9 (Sat) - Troupial
9/10 (Sun) – check out from hotel and go to CUR.
Flight departure time is 7:55am
but delayed to 9:30am.
9/11 (Mon) - Spotted Drum -
Adult and juvenile spotted drumfish
9/12 (Tue) – leaving CUR
JetBlue Airways 1112
(1) Seeing Sea Turtle 7 days (9/3 Sun - 9/9 Sat) straight in Bonaire.
(2) Spotted & Smooth trunkfish
(3) 9 yr ago we visited Pureocean. Winnie swim and I wait at the dinning area.
(5) The regret 遺憾 :
a. No octopus, sea horse, starfish.
b. Not visited National Park, Donkey Sanctuary & Echo Dos Pos Conservation Centre
c. Birdwatching event with STINAPA is cancelled.
(6) Coral Reef Creature ID Card
8/26/2017 (Sat) am - Shorebird Festival
JBWR Blind at West Pond & East Pond, starting from south end
Dowitcher, juvenile. White-rumped
Sandpiper, one with a broken leg. Bald Eagle (1). Belted Kingfisher
(1). Little Blue Heron,
juvenile so in white plumage (2). Great Blue Heron snapping an eel.
Osprey. Semipalmated Sandpiper. Least Sandpiper. Semipalmated Plover. Yellowlegs.
Cicada, brownish orange in color.
Grasshopper - <1>
Cicada - <1>
Yellowlegs - <1>
Waxwing - 00016_juvenileWaxwing.MTS
8/19/2017 (Sat) am / pm after Dim Sum (hot but comfortable)
JBWR East Pond / Kissena Park
JBWR: Glossy Ibis (2 juveniles). Cormorant. Tern or Gull, juveniles.
Shorebirds - Semipalmated Sandpiper. Least Sandpiper. Semipalmated Plover.
Yellowlegs. Pectoral Sandpiper. Short-billed Dowitcher. Stilt Sandpiper?
Kissena: Dragonfly (Blue Dasher, male). Damselfly (an 1" orange one, a small and short Orange Bluet; possibly female Eastern Forktail?
No!). Butterfly. Painted Turtle and Red-eared Slider.
(Not a chance of
Note of Orange Bluet:
segment 9 is all orange and orange eyespots connected, forming a bar (1).
7/22/2017 Sat 7am-1:15pm (door to door) hot and pretty sunny
Nickerson Beach (880 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561) & Oceanside
Nickerson Beach: Many Skimmers are still busy with incubating in a cluster;
while there are small groups of Skimmers at the beach and they are so laid-back . No baby Skimmer is seen.
Flock of Shorebirds.
Oceanside: ???-crowned Night Heron juvenile hunting fiddler crabs. Seaside Dragonlet, a lot;
more than last Sat; possibly the most abundant encounter at this point of my
life. Sand Wasp.
7/15/2017 Sat 6:45am-12:45pm (door to door)
Nickerson Beach (880 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561) & Oceanside
Nickerson Beach: Common Tern big babies, many. Least Tern babies
running around. Piping Plover babies. Oystercatcher juveniles. Skimmers
are incubating in a cluster; no
baby is seen.
Oceanside: Black-crowned Night Heron (1). Seaside Dragonlet, a lot of females
pictured. Many pairs of dragonflies in tandem. Sand Wasp (FOS; first recognized it at JBWR 7/14/2012) carries an
insect into burrow, comes out after about half an minute and covers the hole
with sand within seconds. Sand Wasps are seen at the site where I once saw
beautiful flowers of cactus (仙人掌).
Seaside Dragonlet, female
Sand Wasp (Bicyrtes
Oystercatcher in flight - <1>
Song Sparrow singing -
7/8/2017 Sat pm
Juvenile Day: Cardinal, Grackle, Mourning Dove, Starling, ...
7/4/2017 Tue am
Waxwing. Black-crowned Night Heron (3). Goldfinch, male.
Glossy Ibis. Flycatcher. House Wren. Catbird (many). Common Yellowthroat. Yellow Warbler. Cormorant.
Tree Swallow. Barn Swallow (2). Ospreys (1 adult and 2 juveniles).
Two pairs of dragonflies in tandem. Large butterflies, probably
Swallowtail. Winnie sees a Muskrat.
7/1/2017 Sat 7am-12:30pm (door to door) / afternoon after Dim Sum
Nickerson Beach (880 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561) & Oceanside / Kissena Park
(but because of thunderstorm, we don't stay at Kissena Park for long)
Nickerson Beach: A lot of Common Tern babies. Least Tern babies in
a nest. Piping Plover babies. Oystercatcher babies. No Skimmer
baby is seen.
Oceanside: Yellow-crowned Night Heron (1). Seaside Dragonlet, a lot.
Kissena Park: 2 pair of Bluets (both males are blue in color) in tandem.
6/28/2017 (Wed) pm
Kissena Corridor Park
Damselfly. Wasps. Eastern Cottontail.
Butterfly: Skippers (a large one, probably Silver-spotted Skipper; and small ones). Yellow. White. Tiny [smaller than Cabbage White]. etc.
6/10/2017 (Sat) am / pm after Dim Sum (hot, pm 90+ F)
JBWR / Kissena Park
JBWR: Waxwing (FOS). Goldfinch. Oystercatcher (3). Wren.
Catbird (many). Common Yellowthroat. Yellow Warbler. Glossy Ibis. Cormorant. Tern. A untypical
Duck/Mallard, possibly hybrid. etc.
Damselfly (Fragile Forktail, male). Dragonfly (Blue Dasher, male). Butterfly.
Kissena: Baltimore Oriole bathing. Grackle feeding juvenile. Hybrid Goose
Family, gang of 4 without the white girl. Damselfly. Painted Turtle and Red-eared Slider.
6/3/2017 (Sat) am / pm after Dim Sum
Broad Channel American
Park & JBWR / Kissena Park
West Pond: Ospreys (adults and those fledged from the other nest: I saw 5;
a guy saw 8). 2 chicks are still in the nest on the platform.
Kissena: Swifts. Orange Bluet or other damselfly in orange color. One pair
of damselflies is flying in tandem. Cowbird, M & F.
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