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Chincoteague Vacation – Day 4

Late in the morning we rode our bicycles in the neighborhood to Veteran’s Memorial Park. 

Veteran’s Memorial Park sits along the Assateague Channel

Our round trip ride was 5 miles.

We ate lunch at McDonald’s and then drove onto the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, stopping for photo opportunities along Beach Access Road.  We saw wild ponies in the marsh, closer than we have seen them in past years.  There were wild ponies in the pony corral, too, near the Woodland Trail.

According to a delmava now news story, published on April 1st, “Chincoteague pony stallion Riptide and his band were penned in the south corral on Assateague Island after visitors to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge disregarded warnings not to approach the wild ponies…The ponies will remain in the corral until the spring roundup April 12 and 13”.

We saw great blue herons, egrets and wood ducks.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Pair of Hooded Mergansers (Thanks EileeninMD for ID)

We spent a couple hours at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, before returning to our vacation home.  We relaxed for a couple hours.

We returned to the Wildlife Refuge around 4:30 pm.  We went for a drive around the Wildlife Loop.  We saw birds, a fox, Sika deer, egrets, turtles, snapping turtles and a muskrat.

Red-Wing Blackbird

Mama Fox

Mama Fox – What a face!

Mama Fox

Two Egrets

I love the reflections!

Two Egrets, a Great Egret taking flight

Three Egrets, a Snowy Egret in flight

Snowy Egret

 

Muskrat

Snapping Turtle

Painted Turtle

Two Snapping Turtles Mating

Leaving the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, after an approximately 45-minute visit, we drove to Food Lion and picked up dinners for three nights (through Thursday).  Our purchases included three ready-made salads and three Culinevo ready-made dinner entrees–lasagna, beef stew and beef and noodles.  All dinner entrees are microwaveable. We shared a Chef Salad and the beef stew for dinner.  For dessert we had cheesecake.

We watched a few more episodes of NYPD Blue and went to bed.

Ducks, Geese and Seagull

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.

I published two prior blog posts about our drive.  The blog post was about Barcelona Falls at the Daniel Reed Pier.  The second blog post was about seagulls and geese that we saw, while at Lake Erie.  This third, and final, blog post is about the ducks, geese and seagull that we saw at McCrea Point Park.

McCrea Point Park was my favorite stop.  We saw ducks, seagulls, and geese.  I took a few pictures of geese flying away from me.  The lighting was getting dim, so the ISO was higher than I desired.  The bird-in-flight pictures did come out OK.  A big HIGH-5 for my new camera!

Two ducks

Canadian Goose

Seagull

Two more ducks

Flying Goose

Flying Goose

Chadwick Bay Ducks

About a month ago we spent a weekend in Niagara Falls, NY.  On our way home from that trip, we stopped in Dunkirk, NY where we saw at least a dozen eagles in the trees bordering Chadwick Bay.  You might remember that I didn’t have my long lens with me that day.  I did capture some photographs of eagles; however, the photographs could have been better had I brought along my long lens.

This past Sunday we went on a day trip to Niagara Falls, NY.  On our way home we stopped, once again, in Dunkirk.  I had my long lens with me on this trip.  Unfortunately, we didn’t see any eagles on this stop.  We did, however, see ducks.

 

 

 

 

I tried repeatedly to capture a duck in midair, as it jumped into the water after its lunch.  The best photographs that I captured of the jump are shown above.  Sometimes all I got was the water splash!

 

 

I photographed four different ducks.  Who can identify them for me?

 

Willow Dale Duck Pond

We received a brochure in the mail a few days ago, mailed to “Our Neighbor”. The brochure came from BJ’s Wholesale Club in Olean, NY. BJ’s was offering its neighbors a 60-day free membership. I wouldn’t exactly call a company in Olean, NY our neighbor. Olean is located a little more than 50 miles from our house. What to do on a rainy day … how about a trip to BJ’s to see what is there? We found a few things at BJ’s not available at our nearby Sam’s Club. We walked out of BJ’s with about $100 less cash.

On our way home from Olean, we drove by way of Bradford PA making one stop at the Willow Dale Duck Pond.

I took this photograph of Willow Dale Duck Pond in July 2012,
the day that we first discovered the duck pond.

The duck pond is located along Route 346 a few miles west of downtown Bradford.

 

1654526_10152374294624063_4514922044492188796_oWe parked alongside the duck pond,
and I took photographs of the four resident ducks from inside our car.
(photo taken by Bob)

It was fine weather for ducks.

Ducks

Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride this past Sunday.  We rode from Warren, Pennsylvania, to Dunkirk, New York.  From Dunkirk we rode along Lake Erie to Barcelona Harbor.  From Barcelona we rode through Westfield and Jamestown before returning home.  I am breaking up our ride into three blog posts.  Wednesday’s blog post showcased the historic Dunkirk Lighthouse.  Thursday’s blog post showcased sights at Barcelona Harbor. In today’s blog post I share photographs of ducks.

As we were passing through Jamestown, we made a brief stop alongside the Chadakoin River.   We passed our time watching and photographing Mallard ducks.

When we first arrived at Chadakoin River, the ducks were lying on the river’s stone wall.

Soon after we arrived, the ducks began coming towards us.
I believe the ducks were looking for handouts.
We didn’t feed the ducks.

The baby ducks got real close.

I thought it funny that the ducks approached us; however, as soon as I took a step in their direction they either walked quickly away or flew into the river.

Sunday Drive: Willow Dale Duck Pond

Bob and I went for a drive this past Sunday (July 22).  We made four stops, while on our drive.  On Monday I shared photographs from our stop at Sugar Bay on the Allegheny Reservoir, as well as lunch at The Willows.  Earlier today, I blogged about our stop at Marilla Reservoir.  A few miles farther east on Rt. 346 towards Bradford, Pennsylvania, we made our last stop, which was at the Willow Dale Duck Pond.

According to the following two news articles, this duck pond was restored last summer.

July 29, 2011 – via Willow Dale duck pond gets approval for restoration – The Bradford Era: News – Willow Dale duck pond gets approval for restoration: News
Three months ago, Bradford native Steven Cavallaro was told it would be impossible to restore the duck pond adjacent to Willow Dale Cemetery …

October 9, 2011 – via Turnout high for grand opening of Willow Dale duck pond – The Bradford Era: News – Turnout high for grand opening of Willow Dale duck pond: News
Many people showed up Sunday afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of the newly-restored duck pond next to the Willow Dale Cemetery in Bradford …

The duck pond is gorgeous!

Willow Dale Duck Pond

Now for close-up pictures of some of the resident ducks.

Two Resident Ducks

Black and white duck

Black and white duck

One last duck picture

I thought it might interest you how this Sunday drive came about.

On Saturday, Bob rode the motorcycle to Erie, Pennsylvania, to check out the vendors at Roar on the Shore.  When Bob returned home from Erie, he showed me a video that he took of the Trevor Vines Freestyle Jump Show.  While the jumps were impressive, what impressed me the most was the brilliant blue sky.  Warren had been under cloud cover all day!  Well, I wanted to take a drive somewhere to find the sun.  We found the sun on our way to Salamanca, New York, where we ate dinner at Thunder Mountain Buffet and tried our luck on the one-handed bandits at the Seneca Allegany Casino.  (Luck was not on our side.)

Leaving the casino, we drove to Bradford, Pennsylvania, and took Route 346 out of town — a portion of the route that we had never traveled.   We passed by a duck pond, and I said “oh look at that!”. Then we passed by a reservoir with a covered bridge. I said “oh look at that!” Then we passed by The Willows, and I exclaimed “that’s the restaurant that Susan and Dave went to a while ago, the one by Willow Bay!”.   We decided to make a return trip to the area on Sunday to eat lunch at The Willows, take a walk around the reservoir, and see the duck pond up close and personal.   I am happy that we made a return trip.  What a great day we had!

A Day Spent with Friend

My friend, Valerie C., and I looked in on the swan family yesterday. The swan family was way across the river (too far away to get good pictures). Other occupants along River Road, though, caught our attention.

a Sparrow

an Oriole!

a Duck

After looking in on the swan family, Valerie and I went shopping in Jamestown, NY. We stopped at the Joann Fabrics and Crafts store, where Valerie purchased what looked like a piece of white rope. Valerie is a quilter and will use that “rope” in a quilting project. I enjoyed walking up and down the store aisles while Valerie was shopping. My favorite aisles were the ones containing scrap booking and home decor merchandise.

When we left Joann Fabrics we went to Taco Bell for lunch. I haven’t eaten at Taco Bell in a very long time. I enjoyed a taco salad, while Valerie ate a combo meal (nachos and taco).

After lunch we went to Wegman’s, where Valerie picked up a carrot cake for her husband Michael’s birthday. Michael’s birthday was on Saturday; however, there were no carrot cakes to be found in grocery stores on Mother’s Day weekend in the Warren area. There were plenty of other specialty cakes, but no carrot cakes.

Before returning home we looked in on the swan family one last time. The swan family had moved closer to our side of the river but were still too far away for a good picture.

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