Category: Nature

Pier Pressure

It can begin quite innocently once you have successfully identified your first bird. Perhaps you even “came out” and told someone, “This morning I learned that the bright red bird that has been waking me up by incessantly singing outside my window is called a Northern Cardinal.

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Flyin’ High

The orange and blue back of a flashy male American Kestrel. A Kestrel taking a dive from a West Village water tower. Looking up at an American Kestrel on the wing

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Fro and To

Just before I head down the stairs to the subway, a Red-tailed Hawk soaring high overhead casts a shadow.

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About an Hour

That was the scene on a recent sunny Friday afternoon in Central Park. The “Best Show in Town” is the Bathing Rocks at the southeast corner of the Pool at 103rd Street. This Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux rustic waterfall creates the perfect arena for watching bathing birds.

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What is a Park?

Being in nature is healing as it aids the body’s ability to deal with pain, inflammation and all illnesses, including autoimmune and Attention Deficit disorders. This is one of the reasons we need real parks.

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Good Times, Bad Times

Losing or breaking feathers can be a disaster. Birds’ lives depend on flying. It’s not like they can order a replacement set and have them overnight expressed to their door. It takes months to grow new ones.

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Spring Forward

As I head north along the promenade, a gray blur swoops in front of me, landing at eye level on a branch just ahead. Excellent. It’s an Eastern Phoebe, always one of the first returning birds of the spring.

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Central Park’s Eurasian Eagle Owl, 

If you haven’t heard, Flaco is a Eurasian Eagle Owl, a resident of the Central Park Zoo, whose aviary was vandalized on the chilly evening of Thursday, February 2nd. After a lifetime living at the zoo, he escaped into the wide, wide wonderland of Central Park.

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Some Duck

By Keith Michael There he is: the Redhead! I don’t know why this duck is just called a Redhead,...

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The Tribute in Light memorial is lit annually in remembrance of loved ones lost. The Display is made up of 88 vertical searchlights arranged in two columns of light to represent the Twin Towers destroyed in the terror attacks on 9.11.2001. Photo by Bob Cooley.

Characters of the Village

  • Rick Kelly, Carmine Street Guitars
    Ever since Rick Kelly was growing up on Long Island and at Bay Shore High School, he was influenced by his machinist father and his German immigrant grandfather’s woodworking hobby in Brooklyn.

Village Pet Pages

  • Corcoran’s First Annual West Village Charity Dog Walk
    A while back I wrote a column about a fun day coming to the West Village for dogs. (Also, cats but dogs are the main focus as cats cannot really be walked on leashes.) This event, “Uniquely Dogs,” will raise money for underprivileged pets, primarily dogs. So, I want to bring you up to speed and let you know what the event will look like and how it will be run.