Birders in Their Natural Habitat

Thursday, May 17, 2018,

This is a group of birders at Avalon Park and Preserve. I don’t know what they’re seeing but they sure do seem happy about it. These folks are with Four Harbors Audubon Society. Four Harbors has walks at Avalon on the second Saturday of each month and this is a photo of some of the bird watchers during our most recent walk. It was a wet morning that got much wetter just as the walk was completed. It was as if the Birding Gods were looking out for us. And despite the weather, we did get to see some pretty cool things. Check out the pic below. It’s not one of my better shots but it is the first the first Blue-winged Warbler I’ve ever seen. There is a good chance that I never would have seen this bird, let alone identified it If I hadn’t been walking with a Four Harbors Audubon group. This is why I go on these walks. I get to find the birds and I get an education. You should join us next month. Maybe we’ll find a bird for you. JK

Rhododendron Flowers

Wednesday, May 16, 2018,

This is a cluster of Rhododendron flowers that I photographed at Frank Melville Park in Setauket. As is usual with most of my botanical posts, I had help from my friend Sue Avery when it came time to identify this plant. Sue is my vegetation expert. She has her own blog called The Tangled Wood. I invite you to check it out. I think you’ll enjoy her stuff. JK

Meet Pirate

Wednesday, May 9, 2018,

I go to a lot of parks and Frank Melville Memorial Park in Setauket is one of my favorites. Frank Melville has a lot going for it, from its abundance of animal life to its scenic views and its well-groomed trails. This is all good stuff, but Frank Melville Park has one other big draw for me: Frank Melville Park has dogs.

Meet Pirate. These are stately pics of Pirate but, in all honesty, Pirate is not quite stately. Not yet at any rate. I think he’ll get there. Pirate is a four month old Boxer and he is as friendly as you can expect a puppy to be. These photos fail to capture his youthful exuberance or his genuine friendliness. I believe they were taken while his attention was taken away by another passing dog, because Pirate likes meeting other dogs as much as he likes meeting photographers. Pirate is one lovable dog. I hope you get the chance to meet him for yourself. JK