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    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, 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, 1/2 day China with Siu Ming)        
    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    pc_stuff2.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) 
    St. Maarten  
    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   
    fb Post - 青衣島 譚炳文 1971   hksong_placeName.htm   根据哼唱的旋律找歌的网站 ( )
    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

lemon king




Hurricane & Typhoon

1. 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 spot.

Roughly 20 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 on record.).

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 Atlantic Basin.
- 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.

5. Why there have been so many hurricanes in 2017

6. Pacific 2017

The Accumulated 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:
Season ACE TS HU MH Classification
2010 49 8 3 2 Below normal
2011 118 11 10 6 Near normal
2012 98 17 10 5 Near normal
2013 76 20 9 1 Below normal
2014 198 22 16 9 Above normal
2015 286 26 16 11 Above normal
2016 183 22 13 6 Above normal
2017 98 18 9 4 Near normal

*2017:  not up-to-date?  Or Only East Pacific, excluding Central Pacific?

*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).

8. Northern Hemisphere Tropical Cyclone Activity for 2017

1981-2010 Climatological Activity Through October 29 in Parentheses

Basin Named Storms Named Storm Days Hurricanes Hurricane Days Major Hurricanes Major Hurricane Days Accumulated Cyclone Energy
North Atlantic 16 (11.0) 88.25 (53.6) 10 (5.7) 51.25 (22.3) 6 (2.5) 19.25 (6.0) 223.6 (97.3)
Northeast Pacific (East of 180°) 18 (16.2) 66.00 (71.3) 9 (8.7) 19.75 (29.4) 4 (4.3) 4.75 (8.9) 98.2 (129.3)
Northwest Pacific (West of 180°) 21 (22.5) 83.00 (115.6) 10 (14.3) 34.50 (56.4) 4 (7.3) 6.00 (19.0) 139.7 (248.7)
North Indian 2 (3.0) 4.00 (7.8) 1 (0.8) 0.25 (1.6) 0 (0.5) 0.00 (0.6) 3.5 (10.3)
Northern Hemisphere 57 (52.7) 241.25 (248.3) 30 (29.5) 105.75 (109.7) 14 (14.6) 30.00 (34.5) 465 (485.6)
South Indian (West of 135°E) 0 (1.0) 0.00 (2.5) 0 (0.1) 0.00 (0.3) 0 (0.0) 0.00 (0.0) 0 (2.1)
South Pacific (East of 135°E) 0 (0.1) 0.00 (0.3) 0 (0.0) 0.00 (0.1) 0 (0.0) 0.00 (0.0) 0 (0.4)
Southern Hemisphere 0 (1.1) 0.00 (2.8) 0 (0.1) 0.00 (0.4) 0 (0.0) 0.00 (0.0) 0 (2.5)

Global statistics were last modified: October 29 2017 03:00 MT


typhoon and hurricane category


Important memory in 2017:
- Visited JBWR 12 times, less than last year (14)
- See sea turtle everyday in the 7 full-day stay (excluding Sat the arrival day & Sun the departure day) at Bonaire.
- Many first times in HK trip
- Play badminton at Jamaica HS once
- Nurse Shark at Cayman Island.  Large green moray (6+ feet).
- Note: My car is reached 20th anniversary.

Next year ambition:
- back to badminton & table tennis.
- Use my own modem instead of the one from Spectrum.
- birdwatching + photography trip to Japan with Wah Chan
- learn scuba diving
- birding in deserts (Sierra Vista) and among icebergs (Iceland)

Best pic in 2017:
  Sea Turtle - 1/14 at Turtle Farm, Cayman Islands - <1a> (red)
  Nuthatch - 4/15 at Kissena Park - <3>
  Oystercatcher in flight - 7/15 at Nickerson Beach - <1>
  八聲杜鵑 (塱原 Nov 10) -   male-1

1. Contrary to common belief, it is possible and relatively easy to replace a NiCd battery in a shaver: the appropriate replacement can be found on the web from sites like "shaveroutletdotcom" for a modest $15 including shipping and only a very basic amount of soldiering is required to replace it. Shaveroutlet also has a free video on their site instructing on how to do this.

2. Turn On Documents in Settings on MIUI OS
Fix the problem that es file explorer cannot create folder:
go to settings > on the bottom choose installed apps > on the top choose "ALL" > go to the bottom find Documents app (its in bottom because disabled) > enabled it with pressing enable on the bottom screen..

12/25/2017 (Mon) am, very windy 
Baisley Pond Park

Baisley : Pied-billed Grebe.  Ring-necked Duck (many).  Gadwall.  American Wigeon.  Coot.  Shoveler.  No Redhead is seen.  Great Blue Heron.  Mourning Dove.

  Great Blue Heron - 
  Pied-billed Grebe - 
  Ring-necked Duck - <1>   <2>  
  American Wigeon - <1>   <2>     
  Mourning Dove - <1>

12/16/2017 (Sat) pm after Dim Sum [morning: car inspection]
Kissena Park

Pond is mostly frozen.  Only a small part is allowed waterfowls to swim. 
12/9/2017 (Sat) am before snow becomes heavy [Today New York City receives its first snow of the season] [Happy birthday to my 20-year-old car!]
Kissena Park
Hooded Merganser (M+F).  Wood Duck, 4 first-years (1 M and 3 F).  Great Blue Heron (1).  Cormorant (1).  Gulls.   Northern Flicker (1).  Blue Jay (many).
Near home:  Mockingbird.

  Hooded Merganser - 
  Wood Duck -
12/2/2017 (Sat) pm
Kissena Park
Hooded Merganser (1 M, 1 F, 1 juvenile).  Gulls.  Goldfinch, possibly; or Junco or just an immature or female House Sparrow (P2230584.JPG).  Cardinal.  Mockingbird.  White-throated Sparrow.  House Sparrow.

  Hooded Merganser -  <1>
  White-throated Sparrow -  <1>
  Unknown, probably House Sparrow -  <1>
11/29/2017 (Wed)
On the way to work.  Red Maple.

<1>  Acer rubrum (red maple, also known as swamp, water or soft maple)
<2>  北美紅楓

11/7-28/2017 (Tue-Tue)  br> HK

第一次去了大帽山 大生圍
去了南丫島 在青衣打了兩次乒乓波 同弟弟兆銘上了中國大陸 : 中山 珠海 澳門
第一次 雪糕火鍋併盤
喺南朗山見到 影到 棕背伯勞 喺九公見到 算影到 絲光椋鳥 喺塱原見到 影到 八聲杜鵑
識搭968巴士去元朗 找17小巴站去米埔
帶咗南濤閣嘅磁卡 同埋BEA嘅銀行簿 返紐約

Itinerary and Highlights
9 Thu 7:45am 南朗山 棕背伯勞
香港仔舊大街 買果仁平啲
香港仔過橋 工業大廈附近 有檔賣學生飯 好平 27蚊有雞髀飯  But closed on Sun
10 Friday 九公 絲光椋鸟 / 亞力山大鹦鹉 / 褐翅鸦鹃 / 紫啸鶫 / 噪鹃 / 孔雀 / 夜鷺吞大魚
塱原 八聲杜鵑 (Plaintive cuckoo) M+F / 山斑鳩 a pair / 黄胸鵐?/ 黑喉石䳭 / 白眉鵐 / 红胸水鷄 / 棕背伯勞
11 Saturday 早上飲茶。中午/下午沙田 茘枝角公園 嶺南之風
12 Sunday 十時正石排湾崇拜
13 Mon
9:06 金鐘去荃湾9:40
5:00青衣海濱 白胸翡翠
14 Tuesday 回鄉咭 下午香公
15 Wednesday 6:10~75bus. 6:30總站開6:40到集成中心站~968bus. 7:25到元朗又新街
澤鹞marsh Harrier
豆雁(学名:Anser fabalis),又名大雁、鸿、东方豆雁、西伯利亚豆雁、普通大雁、麦鹅。

16 Thursday
南丫島 見岩鷺
iSquare 的 Haggen Dazs  雪糕火鍋併盤
17 Friday 乒乓球 青衣拍翠鳥白胸 長洲
18 Saturday 早上休息
19 Sunday 早上飲茶,祟拜,上兆毅家。
20 Mon 全日休息
21Tuesday 南生圍 與華哥找藍翡翠,找不到。看見斑魚狗,小翠。影了白胸。
22 Wednesday am 香公觀鳥 (Album),與阿詠煥玲飲茶,去囍帖街。在湾仔街市買了兩磅花生,只廿元。
      小弟上了12/3 星期日明報   明報 link   picture
23 Thursday 深水埗站A2轉左,在鴨記軍用店旁的店買了3條易干裤,2件外套。下午兩點婉珊黃竹坑遊。
24 Fri 36小巴去大生圍 ,行去小巴總站或在地铁元朗站截車上。坐小巴到大生圍總站。
25 Saturday 早上冇事留家中,下午六點去表妹吃晚餐。
26 Sunday 去灣仔聚會 之後同阿井食午飯 買了神棍 去芝芝杏花村屋企打火鍋
27 Mon 經深圳口岸上中山 歧江河
75巴士去湾仔,坐7:25am中港通跨境大巴,到深圳湾口岸,過關(一地兩檢),上另一大巴去中山。see 深圳華潤集團總部大廈(China Resources Headquarters). 中山國際酒店旋转餐厅拍照, 然後去三樓 飲茶。行歧江橋及幻彩摩天輪。孫文西路步行街。浩輝肉丸粥。坐巴士去中山北站,坐广珠城軌和谐号去珠海拱北。在 華發商都 行及等日落影燈飾。坐巴士去夏湾市场買海鲜,一桂花魚及兩蟹,金豪飯店晚饭。midtown mall (P2230503.JPG and beyond) 。拱北過關,澳门新氹仔码頭坐船回港。
(1) 2013 11 30 Saturday pm 與兆業一家妈吃完午饭後,與兆銘下午去深圳半日遊。
(2) 深圳摩天大樓
(3) Next year:
     - birdwatching + photography trip to Japan with Wah Chan (so book the trip/flight in the first Fri pm). 
     - 珠港澳大橋: 乘坐穿梭巴士,跨境旅遊巴等來往三地。src

28 Tuesday

  Google Photo Album
  Album (One-day China trip)
  南丫島 巧遇 黑眶蟾蜍 (癞虾蟆) (black-spectacled toad, 學名:Duttaphrynus melanostictus Bufo melanostictus) - <1>
  噪鹃 (九公 Nov 10, male) - <1-HDR>   <1b> 
  八聲杜鵑 (塱原 Nov 10) -   male-1  (HDR ver.)   male-2-HDR   male-3-bite-worm   male-4-bite-worm   female-1 (雌鳥)

Info of 黑眶蟾蜍: info-1  wiki-chi  wiki-eng
Note:  下次試下咁樣上大帽山

11/4/2017 (Sat) am / pm
JBWR (12th visit of this year) / Kissena Park

JBWR: 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
Kissena Park

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>  edited by (use Filter: HDR Lighting)
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.  Ruddy Duck.  Little Blue Heron, immature.
Lake Welch(?) / Seven Lakes  -
Bear Mountain -

  Foliage - fb
  Little Blue Heron -  <1>   <2>
  Peregrine Falcon -  <1>
  Kingfisher - 

1. 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.  src
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.
9/16/2017 (Sat) am / pm
JBWR (9th visit of this year) / Kissena Park

JBWR - Sand Wasp.  Another wasp probably  Blue Mud Wasp ( Chalybion californicum ).  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

9/2 (Sat)
JetBlue Airways 1111

New York (JFK) Willemstad (CUR)
9:27am 2:14pm

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, Bonaire -

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.

9/3 (Sun)
9/4 (Mon)
9/5 (Tue)   - Cruise ship day (Pullmantur 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 see
9/6 (Wed)   - Bonaire Day (Legal Holiday) - change hotel
1:30pm cancel rent car at Divi Flamingo

9/7 (Thu)  

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 - wiki  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.
(4) Pic Album
(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    Fish_ID_Cards.htm 

8/26/2017 (Sat) am - Shorebird Festival
JBWR Blind at West Pond & East Pond, starting from south end

Short-billed 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.  Waxwing, juvenile. 
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?
Damselfly.  Cicada.  
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 Yellow-eared slider?)
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 quadrifasciatus)
  Oystercatcher in flight - <1>
  Common Tern
  Least Tern
  Barn Swallow
  Song Sparrow singing -

  Sand Wasp (Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus) - Joined
7/8/2017 Sat pm
Kissena Park 

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).
Wasp.  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.  Northern Flicker.
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.
Dragonfly (FOS?). 
Summer Conference

5/20/2017 (Sat) am
JBWR / Broad Channel American Park 

Breach is closed and the trail is re-opened.  I walked a full circle around West Pond.
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 Sandpiper).  Glossy Ibis.  Towhee.  House Finch.  House Wren.  Possibly Carolina Wren.  Cowbird, male.  Killdeer (after so many years),  Flycatcher.  Carpenter Bee.  Eastern Tent 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
Crocheron Park

Swan is still incubating in nest.  Red-bellied Woodpeckers fighting.  Catbird.
4/29/2017 Sat 7am-12pm (door to door) / afternoon after Dim Sum
Nickerson Beach (880 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561) & Oceanside / Kissena Park
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 parent).
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 Swan couple.

  Clapper Rail -
  Tree Swallow - competing rivals. 
  Oystercatcher -
  Catbird -
  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).

  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 -
  Cardinal -
  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 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>   <2>   <3>

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 House
   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.