Mangrove Cuckoo: First Louisiana Record

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

On yesterday’s New Orleans Christmas Bird Count, Glenn Ousset found a Mangrove Cuckoo in Chalmette. Word spread by cell phone, and I think all the teams abandoned their official area to catch this rarity, before returning to scout their assigned locations for more prosaic birds like Mottled Ducks and White-winged Doves.

Mangrove Cuckoo in Chalmette


Brooklyn Bird Count Official Results

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Peter Dorosh just sent me the final tally for Saturday’s Brooklyn Bird Count. This includes all of Kings County as well as Breezy Point, Jacob Riis Park, Fort Tilden, and the West Pond of Jamaica Bay (which aren’t offically in Brooklyn but make for a more circular area):

Brooklyn Bird Count

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Yesterday was the annual Kings County/Queens County Christmas Bird Count. I did the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens with Nancy Tim and Liz White. We found 30 species total, a surprisingly large number. I’ve been in the gardens a lot lately and haven’t seen nearly this much. It just goes to show that if you go out early, look carefully, and walk slowly, there’s more out there than you think.

Igniting the Burning Crusade

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Since last week’s Warcraft patch I’ve noticed a few significant changes here and there in Azeroth that foreshadow the Burning Crusade. Among them:

  • A Draenei ambassador has showed up in The Hinterlands seeking audience with the Wildhammers. He’s giving quests.

    Ambassador Rualeth

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Do Not Upgrade to CookieSafe 2.0

Monday, December 11th, 2006

CookieSafe 2.0 (a Firefox add-on) is seriously broken, It no longer allows you to manually enable or disable cookies for a site from its popup menu. I am not the only one having the problem. Stay with CookieSafe 1.x for the moment.

Eastern Grey Squirrel

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Eastern Grey Squirrel