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2011 Plan of birding
Bird droppings are actually composed of three parts: Stool, urates and urine. The urates are a by-product of the kidneys and are normally chalk-white when dry. They are salt or esters (organic compounds) of uric acid, which accounts for their white coloring, that the bird's body filters out. Stool is usually darker and appears coiled or partially coiled, and the urine portion is normally clear. src more1
Excretory System of Birds.
What began as a post-Christmas drama — the sighting
of an endangered finback whale, breathing, just barely, as it floundered in
the surf of Rockaway Inlet in Queens on Wednesday ... the mammal died
overnight. ... the beast, estimated to weigh 30 tons.
The animal showed up on the beach emaciated ( extreme weight loss ); at 60 feet long, it should have weighed around 60 tons, said Robert DiGiovanni Jr., executive director of the Riverhead Foundation on Long Island, the officially designated marine-mammal rescue group for the region. In death on Thursday, the whale’s spinal column could be seen under taut gray skin. “It was clearly sick for a very long time,” Mr. DiGiovanni said.
Though the whale, whose age and sex were not yet known, would be small for an adult finback, it was also possible that this whale was an adult and lived out its full lifespan – finbacks, the second-biggest whale after blue whales, can live to be 90 years old.
On Wednesday, the whale had come to rest down the beach on property managed by the Breezy Point Cooperative, a gated community that was savaged by fire and floods during Hurricane Sandy, and, some residents said, could scarcely afford another headache. But on Thursday morning, the tide pushed it over onto federal property at Gateway.
As the wind whipped up on Thursday, the seawater around the animal’s drooping tail grew red with blood. Seagulls stood their distance, looking unsure what to do as the gathering of humans stood beside the carcass, discussing the daunting tasks ahead. src
Chickadee. Bufflehead, perhaps.
At birder feeder: Titmouse.
Titmouse - <1a> <1b>
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Hooded Mergansers (at least 3 females and 2 males). Shovelers (a lot), some are very close and may prepare to sleep. The two beautiful black-and-white feral rabbits.
Hooded Merganser - <1> <2>
Great Blue Heron
Pictures of the breached West Pond
Yellow-rumped Warbler bath at Blind Pond
Red-breasted Mergansers (female)
No Hooded Merganser nor Great Blue Heron. Shovelers (still many,
greater in number than previous years).
Song Sparrows. White-throated Sparrows. Cardinal. Blue Jay
Hybrid Mallards: 4 new young ones (1st year?), look like the 2 regular residents of hybrid male mallards or the mother (like a Northern Pintail) of the hybrid son but bill's color is different and legs' color is pale and less orange. Not the female Mallard (American Black Duck?) on 8/27/2011 [<1> <2> <3>]. Not immature American Black Duck (cf. here).
Song Sparrow - <1a> <1b> <2> <3> <4>
White-throated Sparrow - <1> broken leg 1
Ring-billed Gull - <1> (probably an adult)
Hybrid Mallard - <1> (why bills are pink? color distorted?)
Turtle - <1>
(1) The first hybrid family of Mallard (3/12/2011).
(2) The 2 regular residents of hybrid male mallards now joined the Northern-Pintail-like mother and son (2/21/2011).
(3) On Friday, November 23, Gateway National Recreation Area reopens two favored sites: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens and Great Kills Park on Staten Island. ... The East and West Ponds, two freshwater ponds at the Refuge, were breached by Hurricane Sandy. src
Great Blue Heron (FOS) enjoys a little turtle as its company. Ring-billed Gulls (more). Cormorants (2+). Shovelers (closer to land and their number may be even greater than on 11/17).
Shoveler - male-1 female-1 female-2
Cormorant - <1> <2>
Ring-billed Gulls (4-6), FOS. No Hooded Merganser. Shovelers (many). Woodpecker, probably Downy. House Finches (M+F). Cardinals. Blue Jays. Juncos. RWBBs (M+F). Song Sparrow(s). Sparrow with a bright brown back. etc.
Shoveler - male-1
(1) Eric Miller's comment - "Chat wood." (at Kissena Corridor Park near the football/soccer field on the way to my usual parking place)
(2) Virginia's Warbler was seen at Alley (Pond) Park:
Subject: Virginia's Warbler Locations
Date: Mon Nov 12 2012 12:30 pm
From: swalter15 AT verizon.net
The Virginia's Warbler was seen twice between 11:30 and 12:30 at the location where it was seen at 1:45 yesterday. This is on the trail on the south side of the gully, at a high point with good visibility into the gully. There is a new twist - an Orange-crowned Warbler - that may throw birders off. At one point, I watched the Virginia's chase the Orange-crowned, but the two warblers may form an association. I last saw both fly toward the south side of the south trail - a development that may unfortunately expand what appeared to be a narrowing search scope. src
On October 31st, the day after Superstorm Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey coast, Eric Miller reported a well-described Virginia's Warbler from Alley Pond Park in Queens, New York. Pending acceptance, this would be a first state record for New York. src more1
(3) NORTHERN GOSHAWK (NY)
(1) After Sandy, "The West Pond at the Jamaica Bay Refuge is now one with the bay." (from Don Riepe)
(2) Last year NYC also experienced strange weather: late October - hit by a rare October snow storm. Dubbed "Snowtober" by news organizations covering the unusually early winter storm. An unprecedented (for October) 2.9 inches of snow was measured in New York City's Central Park on Saturday, 10/29/2011. Over New York and other areas the storm was also accompanied by thunder and lightning, another fairly rare event known as "thundersnow".
(3) Sandy Komito's North American Big Year quest in 1998 - he kept the record, listing 745 species birds plus 3 submitted in 1998 and later accepted by state committees for a revised total of 748. wiki more1
Blue Jay, its bill holding nut, then look like caching it for winter rather than swallowing.
Recent Postings from The New York Birding List new site (8/2012) Rare Bird Alert for New York
my Notes on Punta Cana: birding_in_punta_cana.htm punta_cana.htm
Animals mate in autumn or winterCamera/Camcorder for birding powershot_elph_100_hs.htm how_can_i_make_a_very_sharp_phot.htm flash_wont_sync_in_slave_mode.htm
3-letter words which are birds: Owl, Hen, Jay, Tit, Ani, Emu, Roc, Auk, Kae (crow-like bird), Moa, Tui, Ree (i.e., Reeve)
3-letter words which are insects: Ant, Bee, Fly, Bug