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Seagulls and Geese

On Sunday, March 10, Bob and I went for a drive along NYS Route 5, between the Daniel Reed Pier in Westfield to the Dunkirk City Pier in Dunkirk, and NYS Route 60 to McCrea Point Park in Jamestown.  We saw a waterfall, seagulls and waterfowl. My earlier blog post was about Barcelona Falls at the Daniel Reed Pier.  This blog post is about the seagulls and waterfowl that we saw, while at Lake Erie.

An ice fishing seagull

This seagull was noisy!

Canadian Geese at Barcelona Harbor.

I just missed a bird-in-flight opportunity, as the geese took off the ice and flew overhead.  I had returned to the warmth of the car, after taking this photograph of the geese.  It was quite windy and COLD at Barcelona Harbor!  I jumped out of the car in an attempt to photograph the geese in flight, but I was too late.  I did capture a photograph of a seagull flying, though.

An in-flight seagull

Leaving Barcelona Harbor, we drove about 15 miles to Dunkirk.  I didn’t find anything to photograph at the Dunkirk City Pier.  In fact I didn’t see even one bird.

Leaving Lake Erie behind, we followed NYS Route 60 to Jamestown, where we stopped at McCrea Point Park—the subject of my next blog post.

Dobbins Landing

On Saturday, June 6th, Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride that added 190 miles to our odometer.  We left home around 11:00 am and didn’t return home until after 7:00 pm. We rode to Lake Erie State Park, where we enjoyed a picnic with a view.

From Lake Erie State Park we rode west along Lake Erie, via Route 5, en route Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA. We made two photo stops. Our first photo stop was at Barcelona Harbor in Westfield, NY.  Our second photo stop was at Dobbins Landing in Erie.

One of the features of Dobbins Landing is the Bicentennial Tower.

 

We have climbed the Bicentennial Tower during past visits. We didn’t climb the tower during this visit.

The seagulls gave me lots of practice photographing birds in flight.

Located to the north of Dobbins Landing is Presque Isle State Park.

You can see Presque Isle State Park from Dobbins Landing.  If you look closely at the photograph displayed above, you will see a tall monument — Perry Monument, which is located on Presque Isle State Park.  In my next blog post I will share photographs that I took during our visit to Presque Isle State Park.

Robin’s Nest

On May 21 I wrote about our new tenant, a robin family.   I have been looking in on the robin family every day since then.  On May 29 I watched, as one of the babies was being fed.  Last evening I saw that at least two of the three eggs had hatched.

Mama Robin and Two Babies

This morning I walked back to our picnic pavilion to look in on Mama Robin and her babies.  This is what I found.

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My granddaughters are going to be heartbroken.  Each day they have visited Grandma and Grandpa they have asked to see the Robin.  Harper, June and I walk quietly to the picnic pavilion.  With a finger across our lips (saying “shh” softly), we look up at the Robin’s nest.  The girls were looking forward to seeing the baby robins one day.

New Tenant

Before leaving for vacation we had been evicting potential tenants almost on a daily basis.  Upon returning home from vacation, I checked for tenants in our picnic pavilion. I looked on the eaves and on the rafters, where potential tenants had been attempting to build nests.  I didn’t see one bird’s nest. I was pleasantly surprised. As I was turning to leave the pavilion, I caught sight of a nest on top of a ladder that was propped up against the pavilion wall.

There are three eggs inside the nest.

Oh boy!  Mama Robin really scolded Bob and me for being near the nest!

 

This afternoon I walked out to the picnic pavilion to check on our tenants.

Mama Robin was sitting on the nest.

I guess we will not be using that ladder for the foreseeable future!

In Search Of … Loons

I wasn’t feeling my usual chipper self yesterday morning.  I don’t know what made me feel down … the colder than usual temperatures perhaps. It has felt more like Winter than Spring the past few days. Getting out of the house in the afternoon, though, revived my spirits.

I accompanied Bob on a few errands (taking cardboard to a recycling center, purchasing fluorescent tube lighting at Howe’s True Value and buying whiskey at the liquor store), and he drove me around town in search of loons. According to a Facebook post by the Allegheny Center for Arts, loons have arrived in the area and were seen in downtown Warren on the Allegheny River. We didn’t see any loons downtown along the Allegheny River.

There wasn’t much activity at Crescent Park, on the Allegheny River.  We didn’t see any loons, but we did see these three ducks.

We found more interesting ducks across from The Point on the Allegheny River.
No loons, but the Red Headed Merganser Duck was cool to see!

 

We even drove to the Big Bend Recreation Area, just below Kinzua Dam, in search of loons.

I didn’t see anything to photograph on the Allegheny River at Big Bend Recreation Area.  There were lots of robins, though, flying around.

Can anyone please tell me if this is a photograph of a robin or could it possibly be a catbird?

 

We drove on River Road in Starbrick (western part of Warren), along the Allegheny River, in search of loons.

Again, we didn’t see any loons.  We did see a bird I hadn’t seen personally though, when we turned around at the end of River Road.  Bob chased this killdeer bird out of a mud puddle.

We saw a swan, too, while driving on River Road.

 

Swan on Nest

 

We gave up our search for loons.  It turned out to be a pretty nice day, so we drove to Washington Park before returning home.

Washington Park provides a bird’s eye view of Warren.

Easter Vacation in Virginia – Day 4: Assateague Island Egrets

As I wrote in my previous blog post, we arrived at Chincoteague Island before 9:00 am. It was way too early to check into our hotel, so we visited the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island.  The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. The refuge provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and song birds as well as other species of wildlife, including the famous Chincolteague ponies, and plants.

Here is a map of both Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, obtained from the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge brochure. If you right click with your mouse on the map and choose to “Open link in New Tab”, you can view the map as a larger size image.

 

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Once on Assateague Island we followed Beach Road to Tom’s Cove, hoping to see birds and ponies. We saw several egret but not one pony.

Snowy Egret

This egret was in the marsh area where we saw ponies, when we visited a few years ago.

The egret was fishing.

After several attempts to capture a photograph of the egret with a successful catch, I gave up and continued our drive on Beach Road.  Before reaching Tom’s Cove I found a few more egret.

a Great Egret

a Great Egret in flight

a Great Egret landing

 

 

Upon reaching Tom’s Cove, we turned around to make our way back to Chincoteague Island.  Before leaving Tom’s Cove, though, I snapped this photograph of a seagull that hasn’t learned to read.

Seagull at Tom’s Cove

It was close to 11:00 am, when we departed Assateague Island. It was still too early to check into our hotel, so we decided to do lunch. We ate lunch at the Chincoteague Diner, which happened to be next door to our hotel. You may recall that it was Easter Sunday.  It is traditional that we eat a ham dinner for Easter Sunday.  The diner menu did not include ham, at least not the type of ham I am accustomed to.  The special of the day was something called ham oyster.  The ham was probably okay, but I wasn’t interested in an oyster dinner!  I ordered a center-cut pork chop dinner; Bob ordered Stuffed Mushroom stuffed with crab meat.The service and food was good.

After lunch, we drove through downtown Chincoteague.  I will share photographs that I took on Chincoteague Island in a future blog post.

We checked into the Best Western Chincoteague Island around 1:30 pm. Our hotel room was spacious with two queen beds, easy chair, activity table, and private balcony from which we could see the Assateague Lighthouse. After checking in we relaxed in our room until 4:00 pm, when we returned to Assateague Island.

In my next Easter vacation blog post I will share the photographs that I took of Chincoteague Island.  There will be more photographs that I took on Assateague Island, too, in a future blog post.

 

 

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