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Turkey lurky time Blogfnger photo 5/8/19 © near the tents.

 

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On Delaware Avenue near Mt. Tabor. 5/9/19 Eileen Goldfinger photo.

 

There is a wild turkey who lives in the Grove.   We think it is a female.  This one tends to hang out among the historic row houses along the edge of Founders Park. These homes are currently unoccupied, but everyone  of them is reserved for “the season.”  Big Bird has also been seen at the North End by Asbury Avenue and Mt. Tabor

Some of the locals feed the turkey.  We were alerted to her presence today, so we went over there.  (We will refer to her as “she” although we may soon hear from the gender police.)

This bird travels alone.  I think she is a bachelor who has it good in the Grove where she has no predators. She may be an escapee from the Hinck turkey farm in Wall Township off Belmar Blvd.

The bird seems to be domesticated because although she didn’t let me get very close, she just walked along with me following.   She walked  briskly past the tents and finally moved towards Wesley Lake, and then she vanished.

 

 

 

She brandished her wings at one point, but she didn’t fly.  Maybe she hangs out with the ducks, but she acts like she doesn’t give a quack.  Maybe she likes to go to A. Park on Saturday nights.

This turkey seems like a good citizen because she has no car to park.  When she strolled across Central Ave, she stayed between the white lines.   We suspect that she doesn’t pay ground rent.

After speaking to a person who knows of the bird in the Grove, we found out that she doesn’t have a name.

So, send in your name suggestions, and we will give a prize to whoever picks a good name.  The BF staff will judge the winner.

 

MEGAN SIKORA  from Promises, Promises.

 

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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor

We saw a similar hawk last week in our backyard.  It is surprising that this Cooper’s hawk did not attack the squirrel right below him (or her.)   It was morning, time for breakfast.  We used to live in the woods,and we once saw a hawk dive down and grab a squirrel.  It then flew up and dropped the squirrel. then it returned to take the bloody animal away.

Gazebo in Firemen’s Park. Cooper’s Hawk. Note squirrel below. Eileen Goldfinger photo.

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Migrating house finches. The male at right has a raspberry color. Our backyard. 11/18/18

 

 

Migrating female gold finch.   Olive color with bold stripes in back. Our backyard.

BOB MARLEY  “3 Little Birds.”




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“Falcon. Sunday afternoon at the Pilgrim Hotel on Main Avenue.”   By Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff © 1/21/18

 

LANG LANG    “Remembering Marilyn.”

 

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Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. Jan. 16, 2018. Ocean Grove. ©

 

Great Blue Heron hunkers down in the cold at Wesley Lake. Jan 16, 2018. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff ©

 

Jean says,

“Hi Paul,
“Today I thought I would take a walk by Wesley Lake.
It was mostly frozen, in fact this person thought he’d venture
onto the ice.

“In the distance, I spotted a huge bird, sitting all alone in the middle of the Lake.
I was able to get a close up photo before it flew away.
I was told by a passerby, that it was a Great Blue Heron.

“She said, , it is ‘Good Fortune’ to see one!
Hopefully it will bring good luck to the Lake.”

 

Here are two BF post  links regarding the Great Blue in Florida:

Great Blue Heron video from BF. Taken in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Great blue in flight. Florida. BF post 2016

 

 

Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh and Bobby Rydell with “Bye Bye Birdie”   (Reprise) from the film:

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Chico (L) and Max, the Blogfinger dogs–Chico is an investigative reporter who often sniffs out stories for us.  Max is in training.  They live with Moe Demby in OG, BF staff reporter.  Portrait by Eileen Goldfinger using her iPhone 6. 4/22/17 ©

BILL MAXWELL  “Meeting in the Park” from the soundtrack of Woody’s film Fading Gigolo.

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Benji. Photo by Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. © 8/3/16 Ocean Grove

Benji was photographed being walked by a couple on Broadway in Ocean Grove.   Photo by Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. © 8/3/16 Ocean Grove

By Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff.

Benji is a form of domesticated pig originating in Vietnam, called a pot-bellied pig. It eats a special food designed for what are called miniature pigs which prevents them from growing too large. This guy lives in the house with this couple who said it was originally their son’s, but somehow they ended up adopting him. He is very social and intelligent and interacts well with people, although dogs can make him a bit skittish.

On the other hand, I was told that in the home, he can be a bit protective or rather pig-headed over his family members. Benji loves snacking on the numerous patches of crabgrass he finds on his daily excursions around Ocean Grove. Here’s a bit of additional and interesting info about this breed which became a fad in the 90’s (from Wikipedia):

Pot-bellied pigs have been abandoned when owners discover that these pigs actually grow to larger sizes and require more care than they believed.  Others are forced to give up pet pigs due to local ordinances.
According to Adam Goldfarb, the director of the “Pets At Risk” program for the Humane Society of the United States, “Pot-bellied pigs are really emblematic of what happens to an animal when it becomes a popular or fad pet. We saw this in the ’90s when there was the initial pot-bellied pig craze. A lot of people went to buy them because they are so cute when they are little, but then they get big.”

Pot-bellied pig associations recommend adoption from local shelters instead of buying. Others like the Southern California Association for Miniature Pot-bellied Pigs and the California Pot-bellied Pig Association are actively involved in housing abandoned pet pigs. Despite this, shelters often have difficulty in finding new homes for abandoned pigs.

JANET KLEIN AND THE PARLOR BOYS: “Walking my Piggie Back Home”

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A family of cardinals visit us regularly.  This male feeds a baby.  Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click to enlarge.

Ocean Grove.   7/19/15.  A family of cardinals visits us regularly. Flying lessons and delicious regurgitated food.   This male feeds a baby. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click to enlarge.

SOPHIE MILMAN

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Sea turtle photographed near the Fishing Pier by Anastasia Pleasant. May 15, 2014. ©

Diamond Back terrapin  photographed near the Fishing Pier by Anastasia Pleasant. May 15, 2014. ©  Click on image for details

From Anastasia Pleasant:     I saw a mom & daughter laughing and taking photos excitedly with what I thought  was a horseshoe crab. Then when I got down to the water, I discovered it was a turtle!

I just found out it was a female Diamond Back Terrapin from Mike at Mike’s Pet Shop. He said they usually live in brackish water, but their population must be doing great to be at the beach. He guessed that  maybe she laid eggs and was checking on them.

After  I took the photo, she just let the waves carry  her back out to sea. Her shell was around 10″ in diameter and she is probably full grown.

VERY EXCITING!!      AP

SAMMY DAVIS, JR:

 

 

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Duck soup?  Photo by Phil Smith of Ocean Grove.

Duck soup? Photo by Phil Smith of Ocean Grove.

From Teresa Raziano:    “Hi! We live on Franklin Ave ( in the summer/ and when we can get down the rest of the year) love your blog.      I have some lovely pictures of the white ducks and ducklings on Fletcher Lake . They were born in August (18 of them) and i haven’t been down in a while. Do you know what became of them?? I was worried they wouldn’t survive the cold as they were small.   They tend to hang out in the bushes up by Inskip ave. Thanks! Teresa”

FROM “FORTIES BEACH GIRL:”

“Teresa- I live on Clark Ave. and have seen the ducklings in Fletcher Lake as well. I just went over there on Monday and they are still there, but are now white like their mama duck. So cute!”

FROM PHIL:

” As for the white geese and gooslings (as I think they are), there were two “mama’s” who had 21 between them. They teamed up on the mothering duties (it takes a village?), however life has trimmed them down to 16. Another “mom”, perhaps a week or so later had 6, but they are now 3. It is lovely to watch them as they travel around the Lake and FAM. We too wonder if they will handle the winter. Hope so. There are some folks who do bring by crack corn I believe, but I am leary of the folks that just throw out bread, which I believe is not a healthy plan for them. Also, if you are driving on Central Ave or Fletcher Lake Ave, PLEASE DRIVE SLOW AND CAREFULLY. At least one of the little guys was run over while trying to keep up with his family!”

BOOK REVIEW: Make Way For Ducklings   (BARNES AND NOBLE.COM)

“The busy Boston streets are too dangerous for eight little ducklings! But with a little help from a friendly policeman Mrs. Mallard and her family arrive safely at their new home. The public garden was no place for ducklings when they were first born, but now they are old enough to brave the raucous crowds and swim with the giant swan boats. Available for the first time in a full-size paperback edition, this Caldecott winning classic continues to delight generations of children”

Caldecott  winning kids book from 1941.

Caldecott winning kids book from 1941.

OKLAHOMA:  movie soundtrack

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Our new guest   Blogfinger photo.  August 11, 2013

Our new guest- —Blogfinger photo.  Note the coloring and the absence of a pointy head.     August 11, 2013

Classic male northern cardinal.  Internet photo

Classic male northern cardinal. Internet photo

Blogfinger Birding Department:  Eileen and Paul

We’ve been birdwatching for years, but we recently saw something that we have not seen before.  Can you help figure it out?

If you live in the northeast, you are used to seeing cardinals.  The males are bright red  (see above) and have a reddish bill, while the females are more greenish red and also have a red beak.  The babies often are light tan with some hints of red.

We have had cardinals in our North End area on a regular basis. The neighborhood has water, trees and some open spaces  (i.e. Fireman’s Park).  The cardinals are skittish birds and often show up early in the morning and at dusk. About a month ago we spotted an unusual cardinal.   We were sure it was a male, but it had a black head and an unusually bright red beak.  In addition it lacked a pointy head, had a white collar, and it’s color was on the purple side.  It was somewhat larger than most and more beefy.  It would come and go just occasionally and it seemed to be a loner.

But now he has revealed himself to be a family man. He came today with two babies and a female. He was feeding the babies from his beak to theirs.    We toss safflower seeds out because the cardinals like to feed on the ground, and they especially like safflower seeds which some other birds ignore.

I was determined to get a photo, and was successful this morning.  Technically it is not ideal, but you can see the coloring which is the main issue.  We suspect that it is  some sort of birth defect or perhaps a rare species variant.  I don’t think that birds engage in inter-species breeding like dogs do.

If you have any ideas, let us know.  We will award a prize to whoever gives an answer that the Audubon Society agrees with—-once we send it to them.  I will keep trying for a better photo.

JOE COCKER—He’s got a bird issue also:     From the score of Sleepless in Seattle.

EDITOR’S NOTE:   Thanks to Pam and Pat for figuring this out quickly.  We have a bald male cardinal.  Read their comments for details.

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