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Incoming!

A Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) was raising vocal hell. Then it started to fly straight at me, arrow-like. I instinctively flinched as it passed over head. 246 more words

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Osprey Appeal

Did you know you can help fund the satellite tracking of a Jamaica Bay osprey on his return trip to Latin America later this year? And, come next spring, if all goes well, the bird’s return trip up the coast back to Jamaica Bay? 26 more words

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Gnawy

Bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) cutting away at the black locust hand-rails at the Native Plant Garden at NYBG.Look at those mandibles! Several hundred workers in a colony will build up those… 33 more words

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Killdeer

A Killdeer blends in nicely with these beach pebbles along the southwest shore of Staten Island.But note this binomial: Charadrius vociferus. I heard three of them long before I ever saw them.

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Have a break... or a broken neck?

HAVE A BREAK:

New home. Settling in nicely. Love the view: 16 acres bordering onto a nature reserve. If this ain’t the perfect writer’s retreat I don’t know what is. 281 more words

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And the Countdown begins…

Well this weekend has certainly been an interesting blend of ups and downs.  On Friday I finally had word that my fieldwork visa has been approved.  545 more words

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Pollen Bumble Rumble

Flying between these absurdly large flowers of hybrid rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), this bumblebee was practically glowing yellow from all the pollen.But note how the wings remain mostly clean. 32 more words

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