Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Birding in Concord, MA with Ian

It was important to Ian to find this bird, so I drove the half hour to Concord and Ian found it in about 5 minutes with his scope. Friday, August 8th.
Beautiful view from the top of the observation tower.

Climbing up the tower to get a better view.

Ian finds the rarely seen this time of year Common Moorhen.

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Panorama I made in Adobe Elements from 4 photographs.


The Moorhen was here, about half a mile away.


Listening for birds.

Getting ready to drive back home  were Ian posts what he saw on the MassBird email list
The previously reported Common Moorhen (COMO) was at Great Meadows today, easily visible from the observation tower, all below observations being from the tower.Not much else around, surprisingly not even a Mallard!Full list below.

Great Meadows NWR - Concord Unit (1020-1035):
Canada Goose 65
Wood Duck 9
Great Blue Heron 2
Common Moorhen 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Chimney Swift 15
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
Marsh Wren 3
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 2
Yellow Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
American Goldfinch 3
19 species
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org/)
Good birding,Ian DaviesMedford, MA

Monday, August 11, 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Inside on a rainy day

just like some politicians

Lovely rain for the garden.

Ting working on her new blog.


Bit of sunshine inside.



Dishes all done until the next time we're hungry.

Mushrooms! Boletes aplenty.



Chickpea, kale, eggplant casserole that no one ate.




Our find at the nursery, 6 large healthyplants for $10.










Ting's visit, blog number 4.

Boats and wildlife at Manomet Black Eye Susans's or Rudebeckia


Ting checking out our birds.

A good day learning how to blog, rain outside, good food and company inside.


Looking to post


Swan Mamma with her original 5 signets


Day 2


Just to see if this blog post gets posted

Ting's visit


Ting comes to visit on Monday, August 4th after Ric drops her off on the way home from the Cape.
We enjoy our days at the cottage.
Boletes, all kinds.






Ting checking over our mushroom bonanza.





Looking down Vinebrook Road





Ting on White Horse Beach











Bee Balm, hummingbirds loved it!








Sunset at the cottage on Bartlett Pond


Making bread, mushroom hunting, gardening, shopping, cooking.