Sunday, April 21, 2024

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Saturday Critters #540

More from The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

The drive looks primarily like this...

"This refuge center is about an hours drive from home and one of the best I have ever visited.
It protects more than 48,000 acres of southern New Jerseys coastal habitats and wetlands.
There are several hiking trails and one 8 mile wildlife drive, 
where you can stay in your car and observe the wildlife from the comfort of your vehicle.
You are permitted to leave your car to take pictures.
There were so many reeds and so much vegetation growing along the shoreline,
it was difficult, at times, to get good, if any, pictures of certain species.
They have a recorded bird list with over 360 species sighted.
I took over 400 pictures when we visited on Easter Sunday, 
so I have a lot to share and will be sharing them over a period of time."

Northern Shovelers
I usually see this duck at Lake of the Lilies but did not this year.
Only present at the Jersey Shore during the winter, 
they are easy to identify due to its long, flattened bill, like a shovel.
The male has a shiny green head, white breast and chestnut on its flanks and belly.

Northern Shoveler

Greater Yellow Legs
A robust, elegant wading bird with extremely long, orange-yellow legs.
They have a long, thick bill turned slightly upward which you can see in this picture.
This bird has a beautiful wing pattern, and my bird book says it is here only in winter.
They have frenetic feeding habits.

Greater Yellow Legs

As I was photographing the Yellowlegs, I saw this...

Great Blue Heron out of the corner of my eye.
It seems he bit off more than he could chew and threw the fish back.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Do You Remember Me?

 I got tired of working on this...never changing color, the same 2 stitches, over and over.
A few things came up to knit, that were more colorful and more exciting.
Then I decided to challenge myself and make a sweater, 
my blanket got tucked away in to one of my favorite project bags.

I made a mistake on my sweater, I tried to fix it myself and now I need help.
So that went into a different project bag and out came the blanket.
I am back working on this and feel a little happier with it now.

In other news, the rain is back and my tulips have started to fade...

This variety that the hubs planted last fall is exceptionally beautiful,
and different than anything he has planted in the past.

- handmade -
- back to knitting, and finishing up my blanket -

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Talking About The Reservoir

Here are a few more pictures of the reservoir 
taken at the same time I took the Mallard pictures that I shared yesterday.

This reservoir use to be a gravel pit, and the township purchased it and turned it into this...
a great walking path only 5 minutes from home.
The town maintains it beautifully, you do not pass one piece of trash on your walk.
Each year they add items like this gazebo to enrich it's curb appeal.
You also see bird houses, bird baths and lots of flowers along the path.

Next came the bonus...

I think this is a Horned Grebe

perhaps in the middle of changing from winter attire to summer attire.
It had a very small amount of white on the tip of it's bill,
with a lot of white in front and on the sides.
It also had the trademark red eye.

If any of you birders have an opinion, please let me know in the comments.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Happy Mallard

I saw this Mallard during a recent walk at our local reservoir.
I think he saw me coming and thought, oh no, not her again with that camera.
I'll throw her a bone, pose for a few pictures, them I'm taking off.

This one solitary duck, 
wading in the beautiful blue water on a 70 degree day, he must have been in heaven.
I thought he was happy to let me take some pictures.

They always look like they are smiling...

He did a few gymnastics moves...

Then said "I'm outta here" 

As I walked around the reservoir, I saw a lot more Mallards, some were banded, others were not.
You can see in the above picture, the Mallard is banded.
Banding is used to identify the wintering areas and migration routes used by ducks.

We've had some really gorgeous days here at the Jersey Shore.
The rain has subsided for now and the sunshine and temperatures have been perfect.

Monday, April 15, 2024

This Ones A Classic

 You see a lot of these beauties down at the shore.
I saw this car parked at Howe Street Beach, and had a nice conversation with the owner.
He restored this baby was pristine, and I loved the color.

Yellow Bird


Yellow Bird 
I was so happy to meet you!

and on a more serious note, it is tax day and I am up to my eyeballs in tax returns,
I hope I make it out alive!

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Saturday Critters #539

We took a drive to the inlet last week for a change in scenery.

I immediately saw several Common Loons right in the inlet, close to the inlet wall.
Loons are elegant waterbirds, with a long pointed bill held horizontally or slightly elevated.

Although I did not intend to, I got out of the car and took some pictures.

You get a lot of this, they are diving waterbirds, they appear for a second then dive very quickly.

This is a Loons summer appearance, I usually see them in winter and they look completely different.
According to the bird field book I use, Loons are not present in this area during the summer.

A Loon utters a wailing cry and eering yodeling sound - if you've heard it, you know it.

From the car, I could see this commercial shipping boat way off in the distance.
I waited patiently...I knew it was coming into the inlet.

Maria Noelle coming in after what I am sure was a long journey at sea.

"Tradition" a little bit smaller was going out to sea.

Virginia Reel was coming in...

I enjoy watching the boats here, the Loon was a bonus!

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