Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mystery Bird

Walking between Buzzards Bay and Allens pond last week we got this picture of a bird that we haven't been able to identify.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Gooseberry Point & Westport River

We walked out to the end of Gooseberry point looking for the Ruddy Turnstone Judy had talked about. We found a few foraging in the seaweed. That evening Baruch took us out on his boat to look at one of the Spectacle Islands where a flock of Egrets and a flock of Cormorants shared the trees.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Oystercatcher; Osprey

We ran aground on a bar in the Westport River the other day and as we were trying to get unstuck we saw what we took to be an American Oystercatcher, the first we have ever seen. The next day (ah Summer at last!) we we had what we took for an Osprey hovering over us. It was the first picture of one in flight that I've gotten. I guess I'll have to spend more time sitting on the beach.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

What is this bird?

We had been hearing what we took to be a family of Goshawks in our yard in Westport Ma. We even saw [and took a poor quality picture of] an immature hawk on our lawn.
Then driving home one evening we saw the bird depicted here sitting
under our apple tree. We looked it up in Sibley but weren't sure what
it was. We thought it was most likely a Goshawk, but what are those
strange "trousers" it seems to be wearing? It flew around the yard for
a time, but we couldn't make any other useful observations.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Around the House

The summer being what it is we've been spending more time around the house. On one day we saw a row of young swallows on our railing being fed by their parent, who would catch something and fly by dropping it in a baby's mouth. Eventually she saw me and signaled for them to fly off. On the patio we watched as humming birds fed on our beebalm. Here is one.

Monday, July 6, 2009

To the island

After all the June rain, the path to our island was quite overgrown. As we trimmed back the brambles I came upon nest which, sadly, we disturbed. Later I saw the robin, whose nest it probably was, in a nearby tree.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Animals in June

While we haven't seen much of the sun this June, we've seen more animals than usual. First there has been the coyote that ran across the yard just outside my window on several mornings early in the month. I was too surprised and he/she was too quick for me to get any but vivid mental pictures. I did get a shot at a "dumb bunny" who stood peacefully in the sun at Sachuset point while I towered over him/her. There weren't many birds on our walk through a parched landscape in California, but a squirrel did peer out at me as I walked by. And then coming home from work on one of those rainy days I stepped out on the porch to find another curious creature staring up at me. What luck for a dreary month.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

T.J. Max

Unless, of course, it is T. J. Max.

gold globes

On a cold, rainy spring day in New England about the best thing we can think of to do is to troll the antique barns. I can hardly think of a better place to take pictures.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

At the MOMA

We went to the MOMA late on Friday afternoon to be with the crowd and see the Pollocks and Mondrians we had been talking about. Our favorite restaurant was closed for renovations so we tried a Chinese place where Judy had lobster in black bean sauce, that was memorable. On the way home we passed the hole in the wall candy shop, decked out for Valentines Day.

Monday, February 9, 2009


a long boring day flying back from San Miguel.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

San Miguel Sunday

Walked to the Chorro and up to the cultural center above it where the art fair was over, saw kids rehearsing for a dance number. Then down for lunch at El Correo again. We had beer with our lunch and then sat in the Jardin watching the world go by. On the way home we stopped at the Bellas Artes, and to the used bookstore [where they had sold the book I had seen on our last visit] and Judy found four large parrots [no pictures] and wall worthy of Loos' early days.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

San Miguel Saturday

Cheryl went Zumba [Latin dance and aerobics] dancing in the morning while we sat around and watched the gardener work. When she came home we all went to a large indoor market, then to a little square with a church and then to the Instituto, where there was an art fair. Ed bought a photo. Everywhere we went we saw bugs, Ed kept falling behind because he couldn't stop taking picutures of them. We had pizza at a local Italian restaurant. We went to a chamber concert at a nearby church. Full house and a world premier of a work by Samuel Zyman, who came all the way from his home at 89th and Broadway for the event. Then we took a cab back to the Fabrica la Aurora where there was a champagne and chocolate party with salsa music. Judy and Ed got lost but found each other.

Friday, February 6, 2009

San Miguel Friday

Walked uphill to Stirling Dickinson's orchid collection in the old tannery. There weren't many flowers in bloom, but we had a wonderful tour by the gardener and his very shy little boy. lunch at a restaurant on a second floor patio. Ed had mole soup with lots of things thrown in. Then back to the park to look at flowers again, stopping along the way to hear a sales pitch on a new condo-hotel development.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

In San Miguel Thursday

In the morning we walked to the Bellas Artes where we saw the perspectival room Judy remembered from our last trip. We tried again to find shoes for Susanna, but couldn't match the right color and size. In the afternoon we ate at El Buen Cafe where I had an enchilada with mole sauce and Judy had a guacamole that were memorable. Rick and Cheryl signed up for cooking lessons with the owner of the restaurant. From there we went to the Fabrica la Aurora, where there were many galleries of new works. The building was a textile factory that was open from 1902 to 1991. Many of the turbines and other machines were still visible. It seemed to us that it was at the end of the canyon river we had seen yesterday. Ed started taking pictures of bugs in Mexico

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

San Miguel Wednesday

In the morning Judy and I discovered a little coffee shop and restaurant. In the afternoon we went to the Instituto, where we had lunch. It looked like an old convent that had been converted into a multi-use community center. From there we went to the botanic garden, where we saw a great variety of cacti and some new birds and a dramatic gorge. Ed got lost. Later we had dinner at a restaurant in Gringolandia called Hecho en Mexico, where Judy and Cheryl had chicken soup.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

San Miguel Tuesday

Went to the library again and Rick and Cheryl joined. We ate in the courtyard. I had my second enchilada [with red sauce]. We went to the Artisan's market looking for crocs. Unable to find them there we went on to the teeming Tuesday Market outside of town where we finally achieved our goal. Rick cooked dinner.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

San Miguel Monday

We arrived at Rick and Cheryl's place after an hour drive from Queirtero. In the morning we enjoyed sitting on the roof-top garden looking out over the city and enjoying the local birds, while Rick and Cheryl went to their Spanish class. We walked across the street and looked at a house that was for sale and inspired fantasies about building a house. When they returned we all walked to the Jardin and stopped for lunch at a little restaurant across from the old post office. I had my first enchillada [with red sauce]. The library was closed. The perspective room at the Bellas Artes was also closed. Went to Parque Juarez to see the flower fair celebrating Candalaria, which is the Mexican Ground Hog Day. Supper at local restaurant at Mariscolandia.