Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Here’s What’s Happening in My World

1. Fitchville, CT-kab Canada Geese on the Yantic River in CT 11-18-11

I have found a new place to count birds when I go to Connecticut. A few weeks ago as I was travelling west on Route 2 from Norwich towards Colchester I saw a huge flock of water fowl alongside the highway at exit 23. I immediately pulled of the exit and onto the side of the road where I identified and counted hundreds of Canada Geese. Mixed in with the geese were a few mallards and my first American Coot in Connecticut. Since that time I have kept an eye on this spot, so when I was on my way home on November 18th I drove up Old Route 2 to try and find an easier access point to the river with a good view of the geese. I drove all along the village of Firtchville and down every little side street, but there was no place to park near to where the geese were resting.

2. parking-kab Parking Lot

I finally parked in the commuter parking lot right off the exit, then walked down the street and across the road to the west end of the bend in the river. From there I had a decent view of all the birds. I estimated there were 500 Canada Geese as well as 8 Mallards, 6 Hooded mergansers, 2 Coots and 2 American Crows.

3. RTHA Andover-kab Red-tailed Hawk seen from my backyard 11-23-11

On the gray day before Thanksgiving I spotted this Red-tailed hawk sitting in tree next door overlooking my backyard. I do not know how long it was there for but it stayed almost until dusk watching birds and squirrels and me.

4. Feaster 5K-kab Andover’s Feaster 5K Thanksgiving Morning 11-24-11

On Thanksgiving morning I found it hard to get anything done as Andover’s Feaster 5K was happening right outside my front window! Apparently this is such a popular road race that they cap the runners at 10,000! That’s right, 10,000! I had 10,000 people running right past my front yard. I went in and out of the apartment several times to watch and take pictures. What started out as a dribble…

5. 10,000 runners-kab Just a few of the 10,000 runners!

…soon swelled to a floodtide of runners. You can’t even imagine the sounds 10,000 runners make with all that heavy breathing and the plop, plop of foot steps on asphalt. It’s very rhythmic and peaceful in a way, as if the whole world were breathing and running together.

6. Feaster 5K-kab Running towards the finish line.


7. running for the finish line-kab The crowd swells, filling the street.

I had a peaceful Thanksgiving Day. My son and his future bride came down with her son and a few other family members. Though I did all the cooking, they did help some and we ate when the food was ready and relaxed afterwards. No pressure, no rush, no pictures! No blogging, no facebooking, no email or phone calls. We just enjoyed each other's company and the food. It was perfect.

8. andover yard squirrels-kab Today in my backyard the gray squirrels are peacefully feeding…


9. feeders-kab …the bird feeders, full of seed, are waiting for birds…


10. woodpile-kab …the wood pile is waiting for the first snow of winter…


11. last autumn leaves-kab …and the last leaves of Autumn are waiting to fall.

Our World Tuesday!

Go visit!

As always, it has been a busy month around here with no signs of it slowing down anytime soon. There are Christmas plans to be made, decorations to put up, presents to wrap and mail. While I am still cleaning up from the Thanksgiving bustle today I just need to get out of the house. The weather has been so warm here lately with highs in the mid to upper 60’s and lows at night only dropping into the 50’sF. I can go outside in my shirt-sleeves and not be cold. The weatherman says this November is the 2nd warmest on record. It sure feels strange to me. Still, with rain predicted for later on this evening and reports on eBird of Sandhill cranes being sighted in Newbury, MA, I am setting out to see if I can find them myself. So, I am going In Search of Sandhill Cranes. I will let you know what I find tomorrow!


  1. So peaceful and mild. Love the Canada geese in that first shot!

  2. Lovely shots in your world! The squirrels are so cute! I miss them here in NZ.

  3. I hope to go in search of the cranes later this week but only if the fog leaves. Our tule fog makes for very dangerous driving. It's good to know where the birds hang out, it sounds like you found a good new spot.
    In Sacramento we have the "Run to Feed the Hungry" each Thanksgiving. We didn't participate this year but did last year, 28,000 signed up. I think that not everyone who signs up participates, some just see it as an opportunity to donate to the local food pantry and family services.

  4. I like your part of the world. I always love to watch birds and look at pictures of them so your blog is fun for me.

  5. Very nice entry and got to love the hawk image~


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.