Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I am just a little bird
Standing on this shore
Trying to decide if I
Should fly away once more,
The world out there is big and wide
Dare I take a chance?
To stay behind is to live a life,
Void of all romance,
And since I have these wings attached,
I am not anchored here,
So with a stretch, a flap, a leap,
I’m off into the air!
Who knows what I will find when I
Land on that distant shore,
But I must go I feel it
In my wings, my heart, my soul!
~Kathie Adams Brown (August 14, 2012)
- Read more bird poems at Kathie’s Poet Tree
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
My life is lived in moments of “last things” right now. My last trip to the bog, my last time at the store, my last walk in the neighborhood. On Friday the 17th my friend Kathryn and I drove to Connecticut to drop the dog and some food off with mom. After eating lunch we drove over to Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, Rhode Island. Kathryn had never been to Rhode Island before and I had not yet been to the beach this summer. I wanted to go “One Last Time” before leaving for the dry desert.
When we arrived around 4 PM EDT, and the beach was still a bit crowded, but by the time we left two hours later the most of the people were gone and the beach was awash in the golden light of a setting sun.
We were too anxious to get in the water, so all of these pictures were taken after we were done swimming and had already changed back into our dry cloths. Here is Kathryn standing on the beach. She is helping with the driving on out way to Tucson.
I played in these waves for two hours until my legs were weak and my body was chilled to the bones. I did not want to leave! Kathryn had more sense than me and sat on the beach people watching after an hour or so.
We did manage to do a bit of bird watching before we left and found a few Semi-palmated plovers in a parking lot along with some seagulls near a puddle. In all we saw or heard 13 species of birds in Rhode Island on this day. Now we are on our way to Tucson. May people want to know if I am changing the name of my blog or starting a new blog. The answer is, my blog will stay the same for now. That is why I changed the name to Kathie's Birds two years ago, because no matter where I live, it can always be Kathie’s Birds! So follow me as I Fly Away to Tucson! I will try to keep in contact as I travel and will start blogging again as soon as possible after I arrive. I also have a Facebook page for those who want to subscribe!
- My Mountain Green (Kathryn’s blog)
Sunday, August 19, 2012
On the evening of August 7th I left Gilsland Farm to return to pick up my Mother from her cousin’s house. I drove as if in a dream, wondering when I would see these places and these people again. New England is such a green place in summer, and the ocean is so blue. Before returning to the house I stopped by Falmouth Town Landing, hoping to see at least a few shorebirds as the sun slowly slipped towards the western horizon. It is the direction I will be heading…in just a few days.
Good-bye New England!
The day is almost here. Tomorrow the movers come. My computer is being disconnected tonight. I do not know when I will be able to check in again. I will see you all again in Tucson…or whenever I can get some WIFI!
P.S. I do have a few posts scheduled, just in case!
Friday, August 17, 2012
I had my first ever visit to Gilsland Farm on August 7th when I took my Mom to visit her cousin in Falmouth, ME. After lunch and an ice cream cone we drove over to the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. We arrived just before the visitor’s center closed and the first bird I saw was this wild turkey preening itself on the patio! We did a brief bit of shopping, then Mom and her cousin went home and left me here for an hour! While the visitors Center was closed, the grounds were still open until dusk. So, I took my bins and walked around the farmland, but I didn’t venture far since I knew I would get lost in my reverie and never get back in time! Still, in the short 1/2 mile walk I took around the main farm area I saw so many birds and added greatly to my Life List for Cumberland County, ME!
(This sculpture is so large you can walk right underneath it!)
Birds seen at Gilsland Farm 8-7-12
- Wild Turkey
- Great Blue Heron
- Mourning Dove
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Downy Woodpecker
- Barn Swallow
- American Crow
- Black-capped chickadee
- Tufted Titmouse
- White-breasted Nuthatch
- American Redstart
- Cedar Waxwing
- Song Sparrow
- Northern Cardinal
- House Finch
- American Goldfinch
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
In the past year Sacred Heart Park has become a favorite place for me to bird. I love the quiet Shawsheen River as it slips by, and the contrast of open field and river woodland. Since it is just a short walk from my house, I can get there easily on foot or by car. I often take my little dog there for her walk and bring my binoculars along as well, accomplishing two goals at once. Blossom never chases the birds and she is so small they don’t seem to mind her, but it is a bit awkward to try to hold her leash and hold my bins steady at the same time. Then I resort to the leash between the legs method so I can use both hands!
Earlier this year I decided to add Sacred Heart Park as a location for an eBird Site Survey. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, they accepted my request to list it as an eBird Hotspot! At the beginning of spring I only had a list of 37 species for this location. Since making it a Site Survey and birding here on a regular basis that list has now grown to 57 species as of August 13th. That is when I saw a Ruby-throated hummingbird eating insects off the trees on the woodland path down to the river! Shortly thereafter I spotted an American Redstart in the tree canopy above! If you are ever in Andover, this is a sweet place to bird!
Birds Seen at Sacred Heart Park this Spring and Summer 2012:
- Canada Goose (seen year round)
- Mallard (seen year round)
- Wood Duck (fall and spring)
- Great Blue Heron 3-27-12
- Turkey Vulture 5-2-12*
- Red-tailed Hawk (seen year round)
- Cooper’s Hawk (seen year round)*
- Ring-billed Gull (seen year round)
- Herring gull (seen year round)
- Rock Pigeon (seen year round)
- Mourning Dove (seen year round)
- Ruby-throated hummingbird 8-13-12
- Chimney Swift 5-9-12
- Red-bellied woodpecker (seen year round)
- Downy Woodpecker (seen year round)
- Hairy woodpecker (seen year round)*
- Northern flicker (seen year round)
- Eastern Phoebe 3-22-12*
- Eastern Kingbird 6-21-12*
- American Crow (seen year round)
- Northern Rough-winged swallow 6-5-12*
- Tree Swallow 6-29-12*
- Barn Swallow 6-29-12*
- Blue Jay (seen year round)
- Black-capped chickadee (seen year round)
- Tufted Titmouse (seen year round)
- White-breasted Nuthatch (seen year round)
- Carolina Wren 7-31-2012
- House Wren 5-9-12*
- American Robin (seen year round)
- European Starling 3-27-12
- Cedar Waxwing 5-2-12
- American Redstart 5-12-12*
- Yellow Warbler 6-5-12*
- Palm Warbler 4-16-12*
- Wilson’s Warbler 5-14-12*
- Chipping Sparrow 4-17-12
- Savannah sparrow 4-16-12*
- Fox sparrow 3-30-12*
- Song sparrow (seen year round)
- White-throated Sparrow (last seen in May)
- Dark-eyed Junco (last seen in April)
- Northern Cardinal (seen year round)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5-14-12*
- Red-winged Blackbird 3-27-12
- Common Grackle 3-13-12
- Brown-headed Cowbird 6-21-12*
- Baltimore oriole 5-6-12*
- House Finch (seen year round)
- American Goldfinch (seen year round)
- House Sparrow (seen year round)
*New this year
Note: These are the birds I recorded at the park just this spring and summer but over the course of the two years I have been here I have observed 57 species here at the park. Sacred Heart Park is the first place I ever counted birds in Andover, MA.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Earlier this month my good friend, Mary Robin, invited me up to her vacation cabin at Lake Horace, NH. I visited her here last year on her vacation as well. Mary has been my friend since I moved here two years ago and it will be hard to say good-bye. She has promised to visit me in Arizona, where I hope to share my warm and wonderful desert home with her. I did not see a lot of birds up here this year, but I did see one important one. I also was able to go kayaking on the lake, which was a pleasure and only made me wish I had a kayak of my own! Good-bye Mary. Thank you for your generosity and friendship.
Good-bye Lake Horace!
Monday, August 13, 2012
When Mom came to visit me last week I had no idea it would turn out to be a week long adventure! After visiting the staircases on Monday I drove her to Maine on Tuesday to visit her cousin. More like sisters than cousins, they had a fun day together. We all went out to eat at Day’s Seafood Takeout on Route 1 in Yarmouth, ME. While waiting for our seafood to cook, I stood on the banks of the Cousin’s River trying to see some birds while Mom and her cousin sat at a picnic table and looked at old photos.
Since it was the middle of the day I did not see a lot of birds but when the osprey flew overhead and came so close it was quite thrilling! I managed to squeeze some more birding in later on in the day. More blog posts to follow! As you can well imagine things are getting busy as the moving day draws near. Still, I have managed to squeeze in a few moments of birding here and there and will post what I can before I move. Now that I have a new Acer Notebook I hope to keep in touch as I drive across the country with the pets and my birding buddy and best friend, Kathryn. I know there will be times when I am too tired or too busy to get online but I will try to stay in touch with you all as much as possible!
Birds seen at Days Seafood Takeout in Yarmouth, ME:
- Great Egret
- Herring Gull
- Ring-billed Gull
- American Crow