Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Willimantic Birding

1. Willimatic Park-kab Willimantic Historic District Park 2-9-12

I’ve been taking trips to Connecticut every other week recently while my Mom battles Breast Cancer. Her treatment requires trips to the nearby town of Willimantic for chemo-therapy. Once she is settled into her chair and hooked up to her drip I usually go out to get something to eat and watch a few birds. Until recently I just counted the birds in the parking lot of the hospital and at the nearby shopping center where there are a couple of fast food restaurants, but on this particular day in early February, I decided to drive around town a bit to see what I could see. I was never more than a mile or two away from the hospital in case I was needed, but it was nice to give my brain and my emotions a break. I found a little park down in the center of town in what is known at the Historic District. I pulled into an abandoned parking lot across the street from a school and a church and amused myself counting birds.

2. calm gulls-kab I saw mostly Ring-billed Gulls, but there were a few Herring Gulls in the mix.


3. placid gulls-kab All was peaceful and serene…

4. dinner arrives-kab until dinner showed up!

5. swamped-kab I think he has fed these birds more than once!

6. feeding frenzy-kab Feeding frenzy!

7. a crow figures it out-kab While the gulls are busy eating across the park, a crow tries to finish off an apple.

8. gobble-kab He manages to pick it up…

9. mouthful-kab but then drops it again to get a better grip!

Meanwhile, the Turkey Vultures take to the sky!

10. vultures-kab I have seen Turkey vultures in Willimantic on every trip I have made here.

11. TUVU-kab Flying in closer…

12. t vulture-kab and closer still!

13. goodbye-kab Good-bye!

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On a Personal Note: Mom is doing relatively well with her chemo treatments. While she has had a mild allergic reaction to the drug that last 2 times, she only has one more chemo treatment to go and then she is done with it! However, if her White Blood Cell count is too low, she will not be able to get her chemo on schedule and it will have to be postponed, so please pray that her WBC comes up! Then, she will get a month off before radiation begins. Mom is strong and her spirits are bright. The good news is that the doctor told us that if she was not this strong she never would have recommended this treatment for a woman her age, so we are encouraged by this.


  1. Wonderful images.. I am so jealous of your blue sky.

  2. Good grief! You'd think they hadn't eaten in a week. LOL! Love your crow and vulture photos! Beautiful, Kathie!

  3. Hi Kathy, I will say a prayer for your mom. And I hope that her WBC goes up. The gulls do seem to know where to be when the food is served. Great shots. Happy Birding!

  4. Hope your mom recovers soon. Great shots of the vultures. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  5. The crow looks like he bit off more than he could chew.
    Up close the turkey vulture isn't a pretty bird but I love to see them soaring. You got a great shot of the wingspan!
    I wish all the best for your mother in her courageous battle. My own Mom is a cancer survivor so I know the toll it takes. Sending up prayers that all will go well.

  6. Lovely bird shots, especially the crow. The only way to get relief is to go out and concentrate on nature.
    My sister left last week. I have not touched my camera in the last month.
    I'm praying for your mom. Hugs . . . Arija

  7. God bless you and your dear mother. It has to be so hard for her right now, and I will pray that her white blood cell goes up so she can have a month-long rest. I loved the Historic district you found in the town you have been taking your Mom, and your pictures are wonderful!

  8. I hope your mum continues to make good progress Kathie.
    Lovely to see all those birds; especially at feeding time.

  9. Hi Kathie

    It is good to hear your Mom is making progress. I want to wish the two of you all the best. I loved your shots of the Turkey Vultures they always remind me of one of my favorite poems. Under the Vulture-Tree by David Bottoms.

    " We have all seen them circling pastures,
    have looked up from the mouth of a barn, a pine clearing,
    the fences of our own backyards, and have stood
    amazed by the one slow wing beat, the endless dihedral drift. "


  10. Superb photos! I love the Crow eating apple the best:)

  11. Those are some beautiful captures of the turkey voltures. I love the wings.

  12. Andrew, I would be glad to share it with you!

    HeyBJK, thanks!

    Eileen, thanks for the prayers for my mom. We will find out tomorrow. You are right about the gulls.

    Boom and Gary, thanks. BTW, my Mom loves dogs.

    Carletta, how kind you are to chime in and share your own pain and success.

  13. Arjia, I am so sorry about the lose of your sister. I cannot even imagine how that must feel. I know my sister is my best friend and I love her so much. I cannot imagine my life without her.

    Marie, first let me say welcome to my blog! Second, thank you for your prayers and kind concern for my mom. I will pass your message along to her.

    Gaelyn, thanks.

    Guy, that poem is perfect! I just love the last line!

    Joo, thanks. I thought that shot was cute too!

    Bill S. Thanks! I love their wings.

  14. I wish you and your Mother strength. All that and you still find time to post? Bless you for sharing!!!

  15. That is good news that your Mother is so strong and I do hope her count comes up. It must be so physically and emotionally draining to undergo those treatments. I wish her well!!!

    I really enjoyed the crow with the apple and the vultures. I have kind of a soft spot for them even with that ugly face...Michelle

  16. Springman, thank you. it is partially why I am not always able to get around to comment on everyone's blogs. BTW, her father was a Fire Chief in our little town!

    Michelle, thank you for your kind thoughts regarding Mom and, in regards to the crows, I love their intelligence!


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.