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Woodstork at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Sanibel Island Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo.    Click to enlarge.


AMY WINEHOUSE.   “Lullaby of Birdland.”   Live from the Stables. 2004.   Album:   At the BBC

George Shearing wrote the music in 1952 in honor of the NYC jazz club of that name.    George David Weiss wrote the lyrics.  Some years ago Weiss  presented Stephen Goldfinger with a young composer’s award at the Friars Club in NYC.

My friends and I from Rutherford High and FDU  would go to Birdland in mid-town.  We weren’t old enough to drink, but they let us sit in a non-alcohol gallery, near the stage, and we saw great jazz players live.  One of the advantages of living or going to school in Rutherford was the quick trip by bus or train or car or motor scooter into mid-town.






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Ft. Myers, Fla. Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge


This baby blue has turquoise around the head, a white stripe in front, neck to legs, and a bluish gray body.  There is some reddish at the lower neck.

This bird was fishing on the surface of the water. A minute after this photo, a huge adult great blue emerged from hiding across the way, chasing the little one up the river about 30 yards.  Evidently the baby was in training for hunting.

Then the great blue dove into the water and emerged with a black fish in its beak.


HOLLY WILLIAMS  “Blue is My Heart” from The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams:


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Florida woodpecker enjoying suet–a high fat diet.  Fearless birds. Fort Myers, Fla. Click to enlarge.  Paul Goldfinger photo. 3/1/2020



HAGEVATRON   (language Hebrew)  “Halleluya.”   By Leonard Cohen 1984.


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George Held told me that he never saw a wood stork in person.  Did he ever see one deliver a baby?   This time of year they start appearing in large numbers in Southwest Fla.

A couple of years ago, an entourage of them visited my backyard in Tropicana Co-op in Ft. Myers.   It reminded me of a Rotary meeting. (photo below)

I love wood storks.  They seem like important gentlemen.  Their beaks are long and curved and they stand erect.

Anyhow, George,  here is a photo from that event:

Wood storks. Ft. Myers, Fla  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge

SARAH VAUGHAN  “Lullaby of Birdland.”

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