This Column Is for the Birds

As much as At Quaquanantuck is inclined to lament the many ways that the internet age has encroached on our lives and our freedom to a greater degree and at a greater cost than most would be willing to consider or admit, there are still many benefits.

For one example, alert reader Betsy Rowe recently came across the “Quogue Library Live Stream—Bird Cam” on the library’s Facebook page and very graciously sent this social media pariah (namely At Quaquanantuck) a link. Facebook users can access the live streaming 24/7 video coverage (not much to see at night) of a robin’s nest outside the library on the Facebook page where Betsy found it. Others may prefer to use this link:

It’s a bit strange but also fascinating, and mildly hypnotic, to watch the mother robin unselfconsciously sitting on the nest for a little while—and to think that a Quogue resident traveling halfway around the world, or even a random birdwatcher in Manchuria or someplace five time zones removed from here, could be staring at their computer watching the same bird on the same nest outside the Quogue Library.

The following is the copy that appears with the YouTube Bird Cam:

“Started streaming on Apr 29, 2017: The Quogue Library is live streaming an American robin’s nest on our webcam! Tune in 24/7 to watch the eggs hatch and the babies grow up and leave the nest!

“Quogue Library believes through awareness and education we can do our part to save migratory song birds. Please visit the library to check out one of our many books on birds in your own backyard.”

It’s reminiscent of the movie “Boyhood,” which stayed with its young protagonist over the years from early childhood to entering college. Maybe the library should title the live stream. “Robinhood”? Has a nice ring to it.

Interested in birds, or would like your kids to be? There’s a “Bird Workshop for Kids” coming up at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This workshop for children age 6 through 12 will be all about local birds and what is essential to bird survival. Indoors, attendees will examine taxidermy mounts, feathers, nests, eggs, and bones to discover the differences between water birds, songbirds, and raptors.

Before the group heads outside for a walk, everyone will make their own Audubon Bird Caller. Then there will be a walk around the outdoor animal cages to meet a variety of native hawks, falcons, and a bald eagle. During a guided woodland walk, children will have the opportunity to look and listen for birds, observe nests, identify birds and learn about their habitats. The fee is $10 per child; payment must be made at time of registration (631-653-4771) as space is limited.

Of course, as always, there’s more than a robin’s nest to see at the library. “Ty Stroudsburg: Recent Landscapes” is the title of the May exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery. Ms. Stroudsburg, a Southold based artist, will be exhibiting a series of recent abstract oil and pastel landscape paintings.

The artist was credited in a New York Times article with “fresh, lively paint handling and keen observation that gets to the heart of the subjects. Colors tend to be lush and provocative and they produce dazzling effects.”

A review in the Roslyn News referred to her paintings as “vigorous and dramatic,” noting that they “interpret rather than describe the East End. Ms. Stroudsburg’s exciting use of color reveals her early work as an abstract painter in the New York School tradition.”

Asclepias-48x50 oil 2015
“Asclepias” by Ty Stroudsburg

Ms. Stroudsburg acknowledges that she has “always been drawn to the colors, textures, forms and other visual stimuli of the natural, unpopulated world … In my late teens, when I first saw a painting by Clyfford Still, I knew I wanted to be a ‘painter.’ This was a way to look at the world differently, and to do more than merely record the image of a certain place.”

Her work can be seen in the permanent collections of the Long Island, Heckscher and Guild Hall museums, as well as in private collections at Harvard University and several corporations in New York and Massachusetts.  She has exhibited in numerous East Coast solo and group shows.

Art Gallery Committee members Doreen Ceglia and Elizabeth Platé are chairs of this exhibit, which will be on display from May 3 through 30.

The Birds and Bees, Jazz, and Wine 101 at Quogue Library

Some very interesting programs coming up at the Quogue Library on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday (May 6, 7 and 9). As usual, call the library at 631-653-4224 for more information or to register for any of these programs.

“The Birds ’n’ the Bees: A Pollinator Garden” gets things started at the library on Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. Cornell Master Gardener Roxanne Zimmer will explain when, where and why birds and bees visit plants, and how pollen, which is essential for reproduction, is shared among plants.

Ms. Zimmer will also offer guidance on how to create a pollinator-friendly habitat in your own backyard in five easy steps, with guidelines for siting, design and plant choices. Special attention will be given to native plants and those least favored by deer. The goal is to create an attractive garden oasis with spring, summer and fall pollinator interest.

On Sunday, it’s “Jazz with the Dennis Raffelock Duo” starting at 2 p.m. Dennis, an acclaimed bass player, will be accompanied by Don Stein on piano to r

Dennis Raffelock
Dennis Raffelock

ender songs from his “So Many Ways” CD as well as classics and standards like “It Had to Be You,” “Misty,” and “Satin Doll.” Dennis will share his thoughts on jazz and provide insights about this classic American music genre.

Then on Tuesday, May 9, Certified Sommelier Pascal Zugmeyer (aka “Z Wine Guy”) will both entertain and instruct in “Wine 101” at the library starting at 6 p.m. Mr. Zugmeyer will share his knowledge about wines, origins, types of wine and grapes, and winemaking techniques. Through a picture slide show and stories participants will learn about winemaking and wine appreciation.

Best to register early for the wine program; given Quogue residents’ sophisticated tastes and interest in all things pressed from grapes, it’s likely “Wine 101” will be fully subscribed.

The Inn Spot on the Bay will continue its practice of offering international dinners from now until Memorial Day with a “best from around the world selection.” This week’s menu will feature a selection of international hits from a variety of different countries.

Good news for all those who fit the description of “Dads, Grads and Dudes”: Mr. Q, the “beachy boutique” at 44 Quogue Street is offering a 40 percent off sale on all inventory from now through May 12. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and other times by appointment. Call 631-653-6559.

Save three dates: On Saturday, May 13, starting at 10 a.m., the Quogue Historical Society will be offering coffee and refreshments during a signup session for volunteers for the summer season. On Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. there will be a public hearing on the proposed Quogue School budget for 2017-2018 at the school on Edgewood Road. And on Tuesday, May 16, it’s time for the annual vote on the school budget and the appropriation for the Quogue Library, plus three candidates for seats on the Quogue Board of Education.

At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes of interest to Quogue residents, even if the items are being sent from winter addresses or other parts of the country. Friends and family who enjoy all things Quogue are encouraged to email and ask to be put on the mailing list, or just to visit and feel free to follow.

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