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    Mammals, Reptiles, Birds and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State

    Eastern chipmunks, ospreys, fishers, woodchucks, bobwhite quails, bobolinks, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, spotted turtles, turkey vultures, brown thrashers, great egrets, snowshoe hares, widgeons, milk snakes, common nighthawks, painted turtles, peregrine falcons, horseshoe crabs, diamondback terrapins, fiddler crabs, bobcats, red-winged blackbirds, coyotes, hooded mergansers, screech owls, pintails, pilot whales, scarlet tanagers, water snakes, oldsquaws, American goldfinches, common loons, little brown bats, sea turtles, whip-poor-wills, snapping turtles, belted kingfishers, opossums, weasels, ruffed grouse, Eastern cottontail rabbits, common egrets, muskrats, porpoises, ruby-throated hummingbirds, raccoons, spring peepers, otters, smooth green snakes, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, black vultures, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, pileated woodpeckers, Baltimore orioles, beavers, harbor seals, gray foxes, box turtles, woodcocks, leatherback turtles, brown garter snakes, cardinals, rufous sided towhees, snowy egrets, piping plovers, bottle-nosed dolphins, red foxes, black racer snakes, great horned owls, bald eagles, canvasbacks, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, blue-winged warblers, northern shovelers, big brown bats, White-tailed deer, wild turkeys, spotted salamanders, Eastern gray squirrels, black capped chickadees, red-breasted mergansers, white-winged scoters, minks, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, porcupines, Eastern bluebirds, black bears, snowy owls and common goldeneyes are among the wild animals of New York State.

    Myths, Monsters, Legends, Ghosts, Scary Stories and Folklore in New York State

    The giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; the celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill; the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River; and the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    The literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen); Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; and the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    The metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results); the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); the Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; and the ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.


    You cannot claim to have seen the world unless you have travelled in the USA. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Philadelphia, Detroit, Seattle, Honolulu, Chicago, Las Vegas, Corpus Christi, Houston, San Diego, Santa Fe, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Lake Tahoe, Boston, Juneau, Anchorage, Atlantic City, Washington DC, San Francisco, St Louis, Los Angeles, Skagway, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Miami, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Fairbanks, Sitka, Atlanta, Savannah, Albuquerque, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. The Ozarks, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Route 66, Mount Rushmore, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Florida Keys, Yosemite National Park, the California coastline, the Everglades, the Disney resorts, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Mount Rainier National Park, the Appalachians, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Adirondacks, Glacier Bay National Park, Yellowstone National Park, rodeos, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park and Bryce Canyon are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. Good luck on your travels.

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