Friday, November 19, 2010

A Dawn Fine Sky

1. White-throated SP Ledyard, CT

White-throated Sparrow 11-5-10 Ledyard, CT

It was one of those typically gray and dreary New England autumn days when I went to visit Dawn Fine in Ledyard, CT. While it made bird photography a bit difficult, Dawn and I made our own fun. Inside Dawn’s motor home all was sunshine and hot coffee! 2. WT sparrow

Outside the birds gathered at her feeders and hid in the brush. I saw my first White-throated sparrow of the year. The house sparrows were out in force, but other birds showed up. Inside, Dawn and I played with our computers and giggled like two little girls. Jeff graciously left us to ourselves…or perhaps he left to save his sanity!

We were having so much fun, the day just flew by! Suddenly we realized that it would be dark soon.3. Dawn

So, we grabbed our gear and went for a walk around the block to see what other birds we could see. Dawn’s feeders had already attracted quite a few birds, but not the Wild turkey that we saw down around the corner!  White-throated sparrows were everywhere, but the gray light made it very hard to get decent photographs. Even this one picture that I took of Dawn came out blurry and gray. We were too concentrated on birds and blogs to remember to take pictures of each other! 

4. brightening sky As we continued back up the hill suddenly, the sky started to brighten…

6. forest edge …setting the damp forest aglow

7. misty forest …illuminating the trees

8. storm lighting …and tree tops

9. autumn sky …and hillsides and homes

10. clearing sky …we looked heavenward to see clouds breaking apart in tatters

11. sunset …we saw a bit of blue sky at the horizon, and then, as we said good-bye, not knowing when or where we would see each other again, we looked overhead together and it was as if the clouds parted to receive the joy we felt at being friends, a sky filled with promise for tomorrow and future birding adventures.

12. my heart flies to heaven This is my Dawn Fine Sky!

Happy Skywatch Friday!

May you be blessed with good friends and dramatic skies!

Birds Seen with Dawn in Ledyard, CT 11-5-10

  1. Wild turkey
  2. Mourning Dove
  3. Downy woodpecker
  4. Blue jay
  5. American Crow
  6. Black-capped chickadee
  7. Tufted Titmouse
  8. White-breasted nuthatch
  9. Carolina Wren
  10. American robin
  11. Northern Mockingbird
  12. White-throated sparrow
  13. Dark-eyed junco
  14. Northern Cardinal
  15. Common Grackle
  16. House Finch
  17. Pine siskin
  18. American Goldfinch
  19. House Sparrow


  1. Aww..I am getting teary reading this! Miss you! We did have a wonderfully fun day!..never enough time together. We really need a week to get everything done! Next time..hopefully spring! Maybe you can teach me how to type without all these dots.....hee hee :)
    Happy Birding my friend!

  2. What a wonderful day you had with friendship, burds and eventually even sunshine.
    The autumn in your pictures makes me glad that you are back in the New England States although I still mis your posts from the desert.

    We lived for a while in Vermont while the Prof worked in new Hampshire. The colours there were beyond belief and we have very fond memories still of that time.

    Happy days Kathie dear , , , Arija

  3. My what a wonderful array of beauty, nature and skies.

  4. Hi Kathie, So excited to see this blog on birds and fall colors. Here on the Georgia coast our fall colors are subtle. It was neat getting to see all the color you found.

  5. I love the low autumn sun, especially in the late afternoon. Clever title to your post :-)

  6. I think the colors are just wonderful. The bird is nice to see too.

  7. Lovely post Kathie and have a very happy Thanksgiving.


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.