In New York City the heat hits you in the gut when you leave the comfort of an air conditioned building, forcing you to blow from your lungs the last of your artificially cooled air. Your next breath feels like a a burst of greasy, gritty fire in your chest and the sweat is already beading on your forehead. If you are on the sunny side of the street you quickly cross over to the shady side but find no succor there; even in the shade the ambient heat being radiated by the acres of pavement makes you wilt. The air is thick enough to swim through and it wraps itself around you until you feel like you are being hugged by a sweaty sumo wrestler. After ten minutes you intimately understand terms like sunstroke and heat exhaustion. Woe unto you if you must descend into the subway system; the darkest and deepest depths of hell could be no hotter and the train can never arrive soon enough. Summer in New York City is, to put it simply, a horrific experience.
The absurd heat and humidity is not reserved for New York City. This week large swaths of the United States and Canada are in the midst of a heat wave. Here at 10,000 Birds we feel it is our civic duty to help those of you suffering from an excess of warmth to cool off. Here, then, are some images from old winter birding excursions that will hopefully help you beat the heat. Clicking on the images will take you to the blog post from which they come.
winter in Forest Park, Queens, NY
iced American Coot in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
very cold and lonely Mallard on Strack Pond in Forest Park, Queens, NY
Ruffed Grouse in a snowbank in the Adirondack Mountains of New York
Stay cool 10,000 Birds readers! And, never fear, soon enough the snow will be flying and you’ll be wishing for the heat of summer!
Missing Upstate yet?
@Jochen: Maybe a little…
You have my sympathy. It’s hot in Michigan, I can’t even imagine what it’s like in NYC.
Thanks! I need that!
Up here along the southern shore of Lake Ontario, we’re dealing with high temps and humidity as well. Some of us, however, are reveling in it. Rochester will be the next Riviera!
Beat the heat come to Ecuador where the summer has not arrived yet, we are now getting a lot more rains then usuall. Last year the summer lasted almost 10 months and this year the summer has not started yet. Whishing you the best from the best place for birding!
@Wren: is it hotter in New York City than in SE Michigan? As everyone knows, the birding is much hotter in Michigan, so I assumed the same would apply to the climate.
@Jochen: I would say that the heat had gotten to you but realize that you are probably just drunk with Germany’s success in the World Cup…
@Corey: say that again in 5 hours!!!
I empathize with those in the East that are baking. Here in So. California, we have temperatures over 100 quite often. And it’s usually accompanied by those “Santa Ana Winds” that do so much damage. KEEP DRINKING WATER!
@Corey: aaaaaaah, you said it, you tempted the fiddling finger of fate, it’s YOUR fault!!
Fry in the heat, Corey, fry, fry, fry!!!!!
@Jochen: They looked horrible. It seemed like Spain could have scored 5 goals!
@Corey: I know, they were barely recognizable after their last games, particularly against England and Argentina. I think they had far too much respect and were far too careful.
Oh well, next time. Back to the birds, I guess.
I still think you deserve a sunburn or two, though! 😉
Arizona. ‘Nuff said?
Actually, you’ve been having temperatures more or less like ours here in Tucson the past few days–but your humidity beats ours hands down, sweaty, sticky, puffy hands down. Hope relief comes soon!