Ol’ Blue Eyes

Tuesday, September 16, 2014,

No Frank Sinatra here folks. This is a Double-crested Cormorant. They’ve got the eyes but certainly not the voice. Anyone who has visited a breeding colony of these guys can attest to that fact. You won’t be hearing ‘It Was A Very Good Year‘ or anything close. Frogs cannot croak better than these birds. Nor as loudly. Despite their musical drawbacks, Cormorants truly do make a joyful noise unto the world. JK


Seaside Dragonlet

Friday, August 15, 2014,

20140718103136-5x7w2This is a female Seaside Dragonlet. I sound almost knowledgeable, don’t I? Hah! It’s all smoke and mirrors dear reader. I was able to recognize this as a type of dragonfly but I was at a loss from there despite the fact that I have four field guides that cover both dragonflies and damselflies. It was mostly a case of where to start. Honest. I didn’t know where to begin. These amazing bugs are all too similar to each other so I decided that passing the buck was my best option. Luckily, I have friends in the know. I sent this pic out to several of my friends at Four Harbors Audubon Society. While this is obviously not a bird, the folks at Audubon are not just about birds. They see the bigger picture. What’s more is that my friends have friends. You see, I know people who know people.  🙂   Sue K., my boss at Four Harbors Audubon, forwarded this pic to Annette from the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society. As fortune would have it, Annette is not just an expert on birds, but she’s also an expert at both Damselflies and Dragonflies. Annette has been a trained a trained surveyor for the New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey since 2005, and she was able to identify this critter for me. How cool is that? I take a pic of a insect I don’t know anything about and my birder friends put me in touch with those in the know and make me look informed at the same time. Life is good. JK