Friday, July 26, 2019

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert Black scoters

At Bush terminal park

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- Black Scoter (1 report)

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Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (2)
- Reported Jul 26, 2019 08:00 by Gus Keri
- Bush Terminal Piers Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.0204451&ll=40.6541609,-74.0204451
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- Comments: "A male and female flying together. They flew very close to the pier and then continued north bound toward the Brooklyn Bridge. All black male with an orange color on the bill and the female less dark with the typical facial pattern. By the time I ID'ed them it was too late for a good photo."


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Keys to identifying shorebirds - BirdWatching

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The early migrants

Image result for clip art yellow warblerMy apologies for not getting the birders name but while conversing with her during my work day at Butterfly Meadow, she mentioned seeing three YELLOW WARBLERS at the Lullwater Cove platform this morning. Though unverified if they are prospect breeders or fledglings, Yellow warblers are renown kicking off early their "fall " migration , starting in late July. Either way, breeder or migrant, fall is in its early stages... ( Plumb beach yesterday had great shorebird diversity for example..)

Later in the early afternoon as I was weeding the cove, a GREEN HERON flushed from one tangle to the cove opposite shore...I guessed I spooked it...

Monday, July 15, 2019

Fwd: July 15 - Moon and Saturn Tonight

Now I take the summer off, relax, and I know that at the end of July we're gonna start another season. 
--Jerry Orbach, Actor

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July 15
Moon and Saturn Tonight
Did you see the moon near Jupiter over the weekend? Saturn won't be as spectacular since it's not as bright, but - opposite the sun now, close to a nearly full moon - it's a great one for giving you a sense of yourself in space. Read more
Earth flew between Saturn and the sun last week, placing Saturn opposite the sun in our sky. Now the moon is just one day away from full. It's also opposite the sun. So it's near Saturn in our sky and can help you identify this golden planet. Read more.
Scheduled for launch in 2026, the Dragonfly mission will look for clues to the origins of life, and possibly even evidence of life itself, on Saturn's alien yet remarkably Earth-like moon Titan. Read more.
North America misses out on this eclipse entirely. It's visible from South America at early evening July 16 - from Europe and Africa, later in the evening July 16 - and in Asia and Australia before sunup July 17. Read more.
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Sure, tonight's view of Saturn and the moon won't be as awesome as Jupiter and the moon this past weekend. But, like Jupiter, Saturn is a big world, too. It's the second-largest planet in our solar system. Read more.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Fred Walder captured this spectacular image of the July 2 solar eclipse. He wrote: "After the total eclipse ... the sun set below the Andes Mountains as viewed from the area near Bella Vista, Argentina. The sun was still partially eclipsed by the moon during sunset, and this caused two 'horn-shaped' solar features to be separately visible above the mountains as the sun went down. The two bright areas created separate sun stars as well as some interesting diffraction patterns in the light at the moment before they set completely." Wow! Bella vista (beautiful view), indeed. Thank you, Fred!
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