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April 20, 2009

CP Boathouse garbage (April 2009) It has been almost one year since I posted those images of the deplorable dumping of garbage (May 2008) in the Boathouse parking lot. Since then they have been very clean up until last weekend. They need a reminder that their restaurant is in the neighborhood of precious wild animals and they must be respectful of these animal's homes.

On several occasions over the last few years I received letters from visitors expressing dismay at the site of airplanes in my photographs. They all claim that such images brings back upsetting memories which occurred on September 11, 2001.
I do not intend to provoke these people by continuing to post these images when they randomly present themselves to me, but hopefully they will look at the focus of the photograph and delight in the beauty of the animal world; I hope that you may see the silent, peaceful figure of Palemale who is blessed with the gift of flight juxtaposed against the hastily moving machine imitating his gift in a manner unworthy of the original masters of flight. Perhaps the image will help a little to encourage people to do more peaceful sitting and less hasty flying. And with less demand for these maddening machines perhaps unfortunate incidents like those on September 11, 2001 will be less likely to reoccur.

Palemale near his nest over Fifth Avenue.

Lola on her way for a lunch break.

Lola shortly after a lunch break on the old Stovepipe building.

An unfortunate purple finch in the Ramble who has an eye problem.
Dear Lincoln,
1st I want to thank you so much for the photos you take every day of the wonderful birds and animals. I go to your site every day and think your photographs are amazing!
I volunteer at a wild bird rescue organization that treats wild birds so they can be released in the wild. We unfortunately see many house finches and the occasional purple finch with what is known as conjunctivitis a.k.a finch eye. These birds are very prone to it and it frequently spreads in bird feeders that are not cleaned every week. The feeders that the bird has to stick its head into to get the seed spread the disease the most.
It is treatable with a medication called Tylan in their water as well as medicated eye drops if the bird can be caught and taken to a rehabber. It takes about 3 weeks to treat and then they bird can be released back into the wild. If untreated, the bird frequently lose the ability to see and then cannot eat.
I unfortunately now live in PA or I would try to come help this bird (if it could be caught), but since I can't, I thought at least I could tell you and the viewers of your website about it so that maybe somebody could maybe help the bird, especially if there is a rehabber in NYC. Also, it's just good for people to know that putting feeders out for the birds is very helpful to them, especially now during breeding season, but it is also important to keep the feeders clean (this can be done with watered down bleach - 30 parts water to 1 part bleach), so diseases like this one doesn't spread to other birds.
Thank you again for your incredible pictures and especially for all you do to teach people how about to respect and love animals!


Don't be intimidated by this dreadful machine my little pal, one day it will disintegrate and you will be happily burying your nuts in its rubble.

All images above photographed on Sunday April 19, 2009.