Friday, May 18, 2012


I’m so excited.  Today, on the first day of its IPO (Initial Public Offering), I purchased one share of Facebook stock.  I put the bid in and clearly expected it to be ignored because I was only buying one share, where most people buy much, much more.  Before I knew it, I had received a “trade confirmation.”  Yahoo! (no pun intended).
 I heard on the news that Institutional Buyers were expected to pick up a great amount.  I don’t know about that because some of the news statements said the earnings for the first day were a disappointment.  Some experts were advising beforehand that the little guy couldn’t get in on this because of Institutional Buyers.  But I beat the odds.
True, I paid $40.40 from my meager trade account.  The stock closed at $38.23.  So, initially, I lost but I don’t care.  I wanted the experience of buying in on the first day of offering….all one share of it.  I’ve wanted to buy on other businesses' first day of an IPO, but my timing, as well as spendable cash, was out of sync each time.
Professionals put my kind of buyer in the “Fools” category, but I’m a happy fool.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Strange Bird

I returned to the Fomosa Slough (a local wetland) to see if I could get a picture of a mother duck and her little ones.  They were out of range of my camera yesterday.  The mother was wisely keeping the little further back in the property.  As the reeds and plants are growing, some of the birds are not as visible.  As I spotted them near tall, dried reeds, there was a Great Blue Heron almost blending in with these reeds.  I was able to get a picture of his great lift-off.  

I was attempting to get a picture of the mother duck and her babies when I heard a commotion.  As I neared the main road where the Snowy Egret spends most of his time, acting like an overlord, I spotted something dark in the water.  The Snowy Egret was giving it all his attention as well.  Out of the darkness popped up this strange bird.  With it's long neck, I suspected that it was a swan although I've never seen a black swan.  Then as he dropped deeper into the water and popped up again, I thought it looked like a small "Loch Ness Monster."  This bird could swim under water a good eight feet.  I think he decided to move since the Snowy Egret seemed annoyed by his presence.  At another visit, I noticed the Snowy Egret chasing a Little Blue Heron.  That is why I suspect he thinks the property is his.  I watched as the strange black bird moved across the property to a quieter spot.


Well, what do you know?  It isn't a small Loch Ness Monster.  The bird started to shake his wings to dry off.  It was a Cormorant.  I've seen them on a large rock at Sunset Cliffs (San Diego), but I've never seen one alone.  After spending time in the water, he had to dry his wings as Cormorant wings aren't waterproof.   WOW, those wings are some size.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Migrating Birds

Today started off with the usual "May Gray" (overcast skies).  I've been waiting for blue skies to take some pictures.  By 1:00pm, the skies started clearing and we ended up with a "partly cloudy" day.   Our mornings have been cool, warming up when and if the sun pops through the clouds, and then, quickly cooling off again by late afternoon.  So, today I ventured out to the Formosa Slough to see if I could find some migrating birds.  Up until now I hadn't seen any so I thought I was missing the opportunity to spot any of these birds.  Even the local hummingbirds are no where to be seen.

While there weren't many birds, I did get some pictures.  I'm a real "newbie" so I have to research each bird I find.  When I compared my pictures to ones on the Internet, I discovered that I had found some birds migrating to more northern areas.  Great!

There were two Northern Shovelers.    
The Male has the dark head.  The picture to the right shows him exhibiting his plumage, perhaps in a courtship mode.  

The Famosa Slough is divided into two sections separated by West Point Loma Boulevard in Point Loma in San Diego, CA.  When I visit the slough, I usually check out the northern section to see what birds I can find.  Today, I spotted a Great Blue Heron. 

When I crossed the Boulevard to the southern section, I found a seemingly older Heron.
  As time went on, he simply looked like a tired elderly statesman.
I've never seen a Great Blue Heron so relaxed.  

Then I spotted what I thought was a duck.  I detected an unusual bill, like that of a goose.  The closest goose I could find on the Internet was a Greater White-fronted Goose.  But, I'd appreciate a Birders identification.

Finally, the last bird I found was a Common Tern, white with a small black cap.  The male and female are similar in appearance, though the male has a larger bill than the female.  It soared around and then, without warning, just plopped into the water. got his prey and was off in a flash.  It landed just like a person doing a belly flop when diving.  The picture of the plop area shows just how fast it was.

This is a fun hobby.  You might want to look into it, if you have the time.

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