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Snowy Owl

UPDATE:  I am linking this post to Eileen’s meme, Saturday’s Critters.  Today is Saturday’s Critters #8.  You may view more critters by visiting Eileen’s blog, Viewing nature with Eileen.

 

There is a snowy owl irruption.  Perhaps you have been as fortunate as me to have spotted one or more of these magnificent birds.

I saw my first snowy owl on January 14th

Most days since then I have driven from my house to the various places in the immediate area where the snowy owl has been spotted.  I wanted to capture a closer picture of the snowy owl and, if possible, lower to the ground.

Today my husband and I went for a drive in search of the snowy owl.

We spotted an owl sitting on top of a utility pole,
across the street from where I took my first snowy owl picture.

We drove a little farther north, where a snowy owl had been spotted on other days.  We looked but didn’t see any signs of an owl.  The snowy owl blends in well with the snow, so we might just not be seeing it.  We decided to do a U-turn and return to where we had spotted the owl sitting on top of the utility pole.  The owl wasn’t there; however, we spotted it just across the street on another utility pole.  The utility pole it was perched on was the same pole where I had first seen the snowy owl on January 14th.  We parked along the side of the road.  As I was getting out of the car, the owl flew off the pole to the field behind the pole.  I walked across the field to a wire fence.  I searched the ground for the snowy owl.  After a couple minutes, I spotted it!

 

What a magnificent bird!

Snowy Owl and a Visit to the Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary

I drove to Riverside Road, near the Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary, hoping to see a snowy owl.  I saw a snowy owl there on Tuesday afternoon.

My first snowy owl sighting!

A snowy owl has been seen there or at other nearby locations all this week.  I didn’t see the owl this morning.

I made a return trip to Riverside Road early in the afternoon. Other people were there, hoping to see a snowy owl. Once again, I did not see the owl.  I don’t know if anyone was fortunate enough to see the owl today. Someone should have sent an invitation to the owl to be in the field between such and such hours! All was not lost for me, though. I drove to the Audubon Center & Sanctuary and went for a walk.

I was the only one walking the trail to Big Pond; so peaceful! The walk would have been perfect had it not been so cold. The bright sunshine did very little to keep me warm!

While on my walk, I saw and heard lots of sparrows.  The sparrows, in mass, were flitting back and forth between brush and trees.

This little guy stayed still for a second, long enough for me to get his picture!

I mentioned the bright sunshine.  My eyes feasted on the beauty looking across Big Pond.

It was a picture-perfect day.

Before leaving the Audubon Center I visited with the eagle, Liberty.

An eagle called Liberty

Liberty was found in the state of Washington, with an infected cut on her left wing. She cannot be released because the muscle damage in her wing prevents her from flying well enough to hunt in the wild. Liberty can fly short distances inside her habitat.

An eagle called Liberty

Liberty has lived at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary since June 2002. A group of volunteers take good care of her.

A Morning and Afternoon in Jamestown with Marge

My friend, Marge, and I went to Jamestown, NY on Tuesday, July 2, to see the art gallery exhibit “A Journey in Photographs” by Brad M. Bielawski.  The exhibit is at the James Prendergast Library.

James Prendergast Library

Marge and I enjoyed looking at Brad’s travel photographs from all over the world.  We saw some of the photographs displayed in the art gallery on the Internet.  The photographs display well on the Internet.  The photographs, however, look so much better framed and on the wall!  “A Journey in Photographs” will be on display through July 26.

After looking at Brad’s photographs Marge and I went for a walk in Dow Park, which is located across the street from the library.  In the park is an Underground Railroad Tableau.  The Tableau consists of three life-sized bronze figures that honor Jamestown’s notable Underground Railroad participants: Catherine Harris, Silas Shearman and an anonymous fugitive slave.

This statue honors Catherine Harris.  Mrs. Harris risked her life to help members of her race to freedom. She operated one of Jamestown’s three underground railroads.

 

This statue honors Silas Shearman.  Mr. Shearman was an ardent abolitionist.  He was the acknowledged leader of the Underground Railroad line through Jamestown.

 

This statue honors the anonymous fugitives who touched Jamestown in the pursuit of freedom along the underground railroad.

When we completed our walk in Dow Park, we left for Chautauqua Mall.  We shopped at a couple of the stores, before leaving for lunch.  We enjoyed all-you-can-eat soup, salad and bread sticks at the recently opened Olive Garden.  We were pleasantly surprised to be offered free samples of wine.

Marge and I had a wonderful day in Jamestown.   Our conversation during the drive to and back home from Jamestown and while at the “A Journey in Photographs” art gallery exhibit, at Dow Park, and at Olive Garden allowed for a better knowledge of each other.

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.

A Morning’s Walk

Stacey and I took the girls for a walk this morning at the Audubon Center in Jamestown, NY.  We followed the yellow trail around Big Pond and through the woods.  We walked a little over 2 miles.  Shortly after our arrival, we stopped at the Big Pond Overlook, where we fed the girls.  Harper and June slept throughout our walk around Big Pond and through the woods.

Stacey, June and Harper crossing one of several boardwalks

This was Stacey’s first visit to the Audubon Center, whereas I have been there numerous times.  Stacey really liked walking there.  We plan to make a return trip.

I Have a Bug, Part 2

My husband and I went for a walk at the local Audubon Center.   We didn’t do much walking, as I spent approximately 1 1/4 hours watching two tree sparrows fly in and out of their nesting box birdhouse.  See?  I really do have the bird photography bug.  It appeared the two birds were building a nest.

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow Entering Bird House

Motorcycle Ride to Barcelona

This past weekend was gorgeous! It was sunny and warm. Not a single drop of rain fell upon us the entire weekend! On Saturday Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride to Barcelona, New York. I think we make this ride at least one time each year.

Goose on Nest

Our first stop was alongside marsh land in Jamestown, NY. These two pictures are for you, Harry H. Thank you for telling me about the goose on her nest!

Our next stop was in Dunkirk, NY.

This wooden sculpture of “ONG-GWE-OHN-WEH The Indian” is the work of Peter Toth.

The sculpture was carved from the lower trunk of a dead elm tree.

Our last stop, before heading home, was in Barcelona, NY. There are two main attractions at Barcelona Harbor — the Sea Lion and the Barcelona Lighthouse. The Sea Lion is a reproduction of a late 16th century British three-mast, square-rigged sailing vessel, faithfully built in the same manner as actual ships of the time. It was a multi-year, multi-person effort that culminated in its official commissioning on Chautauqua Lake in 1985. The ship was sold in 1992 to the Buffalo Maritime Society, where it was operated until it sank at its moorings in 1999. Local divers and other concerned citizens raised the ship in 2000, towing her back to Barcelona. The ship is dry docked while being restored. It is hoped that the Sea Lion will sail again. Barcelona Harbor’s second main attraction is the Barcelona Lighthouse. The Barcelona Lighthouse was the first lighthouse in the world to be lit by natural gas.

Barcelona Lighthouse

the Sea Lion

We rode a little more than 120 miles on Saturday. It was a good ride.
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