Tim's Bird List 2009
2/28/2009 (Sat) 2pm
a big snowy goose
northern shovelers - swirling, gathering plankton or seeds from water surface by straining with bill. Watch a youtube video taken by somebody at Ridgefield NWR, Ridgefield, WA.
an all-white domestic Muscovy
Link: Kissena Park Field Trip By Corey - October 15, 2009
"Northern Shovelers were on the pond in abundance, which was rather surprising as I have never seen them there before. They were joined by a drake Wood Duck and two drake Green-winged Teal, two more species I had not seen on the pond before." By Corey - November 16, 2008
Cardinals back. I saw many blue jays in the winter but no cardinals until today.
red-bellied woodpecker: first time hear the call.
white-breasted nuthatch(es), black-capped chickadees, red-winged blackbirds.
I heard Cardinal's song near my apartment. Why no more blue jay now? They are competitive in the suburban human development in the winter? I saw many blue jays in my home area (NY 11367) in this winter.
QCBC: TRIP REPORT: NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS
Link: QCBC 2010 new site
4/2 - 4/7/2009
Las Vegas, Zion National Park, and Valley of Fire State Park, NV
Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARKsuW3nsn0&feature=channel_page (choose HQ for high-speed broadband)
Great-tailed Grackle was
preening after a water bath near the wedding chapel at Tropicana Hotel, Las
Vegas. Captured by Canon A620.
music from AudioSwap - 白虹 《莎莎再会吧》. She is one of the "Beiping Three Whites" (北平三白) with Bai Guang (白光) and Bai Yang (白杨). 1942年姚敏以化名吕莎写给白虹的《莎莎再会吧》。
brewer's blackbirds (E. cyanocephalus, 布爾氏烏鶇) @ parking lot of McDonald
how to id brewer's bb mirror
butterfly: /bird/tmp2/2009/LV/butterfly/IMG_3635.JPG to IMG_3652.JPG w/ some not good so not uploaded.
Alley Pond Park Map
Mini-trip with QCBC led by Eric Miller. Rain. White (albino) American robin. Great-Horned Owl, probably 2, of a couple.
more about albinism and partial albinism :
Q: We have an all white robin in our neighborhood. Its offspring have been returning for the last couple of years. All have white splashes like a pinto horse. How common is this?
Courtesy of R. F. Brown
A: It's not at all common. Although robins are more likely than most species to have albinism and partial albinism, individual robins with white feathers are more conspicuous and easier for predators to target. Also, feathers without pigments aren't quite as sturdy as those with pigments, but are molted no more frequently than normal feathers. True albinos and partial albinos that don't have normal pigments in their eyes have no protection from ultraviolet light, so they are more likely to become blind. All these factors give robins with white feathers a shorter life expectancy than normally-colored feathers. Apparently the all-white robin in your neighborhood has figured out strategies to elude predators and survive despite these other difficulties. I rather doubt that it is a true albino, because blindness so often afflicts wild albinos - with no access to sunglasses - though even that is possible.
Is your robin a male or female? If you see it building a nest, it's probably a female. If it's actually sitting on the nest, it is definitely a female. Female birds are often earth tones to give them better camouflage when on the nest. Because of that camouflage coloring, I would think it would be easier for a normal-colored female to incubate. The interesting question is how robins choose mates, because they don't seem to shun potential mates that have white feathers.
Pigment production is regulated by our genes, so lack of pigment is a genetic condition. That means that any babies produced by an all-white bird would carry the gene. We'd love to see photos of these interesting and unusual birds!
A nice picture of an albino American robin
Henry's house backyard (GCBC small group outing activity)
probably Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna, info). Cardinals.
Forest Park - red-bellied woodpecker forging on the ground with some starlings for a couple of seconds at Metropolitan Ave & East Main Drive (Forest Park Drive), Gray Catbird, etc.
pictures: cock robin blueJay
Note: blue jay feather is not blue
"If you hold a blue jay feather directly between your eyes and the sun, its blue color disappears. That's because, unlike the pigment-produced coloration of most plumage, blue in birds is a structural color, resulting from physics instead of chemistry. Minute air pockets or vacuoles, that cannot absorb the blue part of the spectrum cause light reflected from any angle on the feather to scatter blue wavelengths. Light transmitted through the feather, on the other hand, is not reflected, not the feather appears dark." (Birds of Forest, Yard, & Thicket by John Eastman (Author), Amelia Hansen (Illustrator). Stackpole Books; 1st edition (February 1997), p.133)
see also: 1. photomicrograph by Terry Lynch
3. p.332 and
p.335 in Bird Coloration: Mechanisms and measurements
By Geoffrey Edward Hill, Kevin J. McGraw . Published by Harvard University Press, 2006. ISBN 0674018931, 9780674018938.
Incoherent Rayleigh-Tyndall scattering hypothesis vs. Dyck's coherent hollow-cylinder hypothesis.
More on: blue_color_of_bird.htm
Some Turaco species in Africa do produce blue and green pigments: it's quite unusual in the bird world.
Jewel Ave., Van Wick Entry
Juvenile Starlings, a Juvenile male red-winged BB with father, common grackle, etc.
pictures: Juvenile Starling ( local: I:\200705\myPhoto\2009\0530 )
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - map
A lot of birds near the water pool. House finches (not found @ Jewel Ave., Van Wick Entry but found a lot here), Catbirds (a lot; I never see that many in one single trip), red-winged blackbirds, cardinals, yellow warblers, common yellowthroat, etc.
a black-crowned night heron,
yellow-crowned night heron,
flycatcher(s) probably willow,
wren(s) or vireo(s) of nice songs; probably Carolina (Thryothorus ludovicianus) - like this: mp3,
female red-winged blackbirds (distinct from juvenile starlings),
common grackles (one sang on treetop),
Canada geese families, etc.
a mockingbird, house sparrow(s), robins, etc.
Highlight: a close-up of turtle/terrapin?
Turtle, tortoise, and terrapin: what's the difference? and this
2 baby pigeons at a shop near Union Turnpike/164 St.
a block North to Union Turnpike, around 165th St.- on treetop, I shot 2 birds (一石二鳥) accidentally. I only intended to take a picture of the cardinal, not aware of the underneath song sparrow. pic1 pic2
6/13/2009 (Sat) a.m.
Plumb Beach - end of horseshoe crab mating season; with our niece Megan.
w/ naturalist Ron Bourque, part of the Summer Program.
many oystercatchers and willets (1st time saw that many flying around), a little blue heron, a black-crowned night heron, snowy egret at the end of the beach.
many laughing gulls and a least tern hovering and plunging beak-first for fish when walking back from the end of the beach to our car.
song sparrow (北美歌雀, 金冠雀) , Canada goose, brants, red-winged blackbirds, common grackles at the parking area, a crow at the top of a lamp post on our way to Dim Sum lunch.
picture: song sparrow I think so, compare this and this.
7/4/2009 (Sat) about noon
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
brown thrashers - our largest and shiest mimid with beautiful yellow eyes; has an estimated 3,000 or more song types, more than mockingbird; being the largest of any North American bird's (Birds of Forest, Yard, & Thicket by John Eastman (Author), Amelia Hansen (Illustrator). Stackpole Books; 1st edition (February 1997), p.182).
picture from Kurt mirror
American goldfinch, Glossy Ibises, etc.
7/11/2009 (Sat) 11:30am-1:00pm
saw at least 4 woodpeckers: 1 red-bellied, 1 unknown probably downy, 2 probably hairy.
Taken many pictures but not good in quality. There is one.
common grackle, blue jay, cardinal, chickadee, etc.
7/18/2009 (Sat) 11:45am - 1:00pm
Carolina wren, many blue jays, grackles, etc.
8/1/2009 (Sat) morning
immature black-crowned night heron, yellow-crowned night heron, green heron, glossy ibises, great egrets (one is called Finger-licking, very near and on the road, be there many years already, according to 2 birders), snowy egrets, gulls, greater yellowleg, terns (probably common terns), tree swallows (adults and 2 young ones standing on the iron fence, 鐵網柵欄) and probably barn swallows, red-winged blackbirds (males and a female), flock of Starlings, plover (probably piping plover), sandpiper (probably least sandpiper), mourning dove, unknown sparrows (perhaps saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow), skimmer flying low and fast over streams with its lower mandible skims or slices over the water's surface ready to snap shut any small fish unable to dart clear, Fiddler Crab. pictures
osprey's nest is empty.
I am happy today because many birds commissioned to celebrate my birthday.
Jewel Ave., Van Wick Entry; 11-12pm. catbirds, at least one is young.
Forest Park, afternoon after Dim Sum. catbirds, downy woodpeckers, black-and-white warblers creeping along trunks and branches of trees, cardinals, robins, many starlings, perhaps a young blue jay. Among them, many are young ones which were just born in this year, I think. I am also happy to watch downy woodpeckers & black-and-white warblers so close for such a long time, at least 5 minutes.
8/15/2009 (Sat) 3-4pm
After Boston Market meal with Becky, Quanita and Frank. On the road back to Frank's car, saw a Monk Parakeet, aka Quaker Parrot (Myiopsitta monachus). Picture taken by killiajk.
Next Brooklyn Wild Parrot Safari: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
taken a good picture of Snowy Egret
9/5/2009 (Sat) 8-12pm
Alley Pond Park
Mini-trip with QCBC led by Eric Miller.
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS. The Spotted Jewelweed was in full bloom everywhere, the most probable attraction for this species.
The Devil's Walking Stick, now beginning to display berries, appeared to be the main attractor for the warblers: Northern Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Tennessee Warbler, etc.
Pewee? (belong to the flycatcher group)
Posting from The New York Birding List
9/12/2009 (Sat) 11-12:30pm & 1:30-3pm
Brooklyn Wild Parrot Safari: Brooklyn College and Green-Wood Cemetery
Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210-2850
gather at Brooklyn College's Hillel Gate, which is at the intersection of Hillel Place and Campus Road. Driving direction. Map
from Brooklyn College to Green-Wood Cemetery: 5.2 mi - about 13 mins. Driving direction
led by Steve Baldwin, brooklynparrots.com
pic of monk parakeet
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
test my new Panasonic FZ35 camera
10/3/2009 (Sat) am
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
test again Panasonic FZ35 camera. Got some good pictures (click here) and videos: catbird and robins in bath.
Close-up picture of chipmunk
10/12/2009 (Mon) pm
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Again Panasonic FZ35 camera. Videos: Eastern phoebe, a flycatcher
Again Panasonic FZ35 camera. Videos: Black-throated Green Warbler & Downy woodpecker.
White-throated sparrow, etc.
Nov-Dec, 2009 in HK, Mainland China and Taiwan
Black-faced Spoonbill ( 黑臉琵鷺 ) - 南生圍 (Nam Sang Wai, Hong Kong) on Nov. 10
橙頭地鶫 Orange-headed Thrush - Kowloon Park on Nov. 13 (Fri)
鳳頭鷹(Crested Goshawk) - Kowloon Park on Nov. 20 (Fri) - Photo: <1>
鵲鴝 (Oriental Magpie Robin) - Photo: male 1 male 2 male 3
Black-collared starling (黑領掠鳥)
Black Kite 麻鹰
Wood Duck - Video: <1> Photo: <1>
紅耳鵯(Red-whiskered Bulbul) - Yuen Long Park (元朗公園; 百鳥塔 was closed on Nov. 10) - Photo: <1> - Kowloon Park on Nov. 13 (Fri) - Photo: <1>
Note: 白喉红臀鹎 ( Red-bented Bulbul , 学名：Pycnonotus aurigaster ) - 与红耳鹎的主要区别是冠羽比较短，脸颊没有红斑。
白鶺鴒 - Wetland Park on Nov. 11 (Wed) - Photo: <1>
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Photo: <1>
普通翡翠 (Common Kingfisher) - Photo: <1> <2> <3>
長冠八哥 (Bali Starling, Leucopsar rothschildi, also known as Rothschild's Mynah, Bali Myna, or Bali Mynah) - Photo: <1> <2> <3> <4> <5>
虹彩吸蜜鹦鹉 (Rainbow Lorikeet) - Photo: <1>
黑頂吸蜜鸚鵡 (Black-capped Lory) - Photo: <1> <2> with 紅色吸蜜鸚鵡 (Red Lory)
和平鳥 (Asian Fairy Bluebird) - Photo: male with 藍翅葉鵯 (Blue-winged Leafbird) 雄鳥
鳳頭鳩 (Crested Pigeon, Ocyphaps lophotes; 一种生活在澳洲的鸟 ) - Photo: <1> <2>
台北市野鳥學會 週日例行 賞鳥 活動 on Nov 29
紅鳩 Red Turtle Dove -
Black Drongo 大卷尾 (Dicrurus Macrocercus) -
Barn Swallow ( 家燕, Hirundo rustica ) - 淡水 photoed
灰樹鵲 (Grey Treepie, Dendrocitta formosae) - 淡水 (a video found on YouTube showing its call)
岩鹭 (Pacific Reef Egret, Egretta sacra) - 野柳
藍磯鶫(Blue Rock Thrush) ( not 藍尾鴝 ) - Photo: <male1> <male2> ; Pictures of male and female Blue Rock Thrush found on Web taken by somebody in HK
藍尾鴝 Siberian Blue-tail (not seen) - 身高14公分，雄鳥背面、臉部、尾羽為鮮藍色，眉線白色，胸、腹兩側為橘黃色。雌鳥單獨出現低、中、高海拔的空曠森林間或果園、公園等地，牠們喜愛佇立於突出物體及枝頭上觀望四周，經常性的擺動尾羽，不會很怕人，在台灣不普遍的冬候鳥。 more 1 and more 2
野柳地質公園 常見雀鳥 : <1> <2>
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Video
Black-crowned Night Heron 取食
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