Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Cardinal Used To Be King

Back when I was a kid Cardinals used to be the king of the birds. When you saw a male cardinal that was the tops. Now like anything else we've grown accustomed to them and they don't get the respect they once did.

 It reminds me of how people are with their phones, always looking for the latest upgrade. I guess it's human nature that we're always looking for something newer or better. I still think the Cardinal deserves some appreciation though.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Even A Dirty Old Factory Pond Has Ducks

 This is the old Wilcox factory building which has been restored for use as offices I think. Back in the 60's and 70's they made ship anchors I believe and there was a giant hammer that came down in the factory that could be heard for miles away.I'm sure it must have been rough on the workers ears.
 There's a muddy old pond right in town near the old factory sight. Even though it doesn't look all that impressive, I still see some interesting birds here.
Just today some hooded Mergansers flew in (old photo). Those old factory ponds may not be the most scenic but the birds don't care about pretty as long as the pond meets there needs.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The perfect Place For A Thanksgiving Day Walk

 We have an area in town that seems like the perfect place to take a walk after a big Thanksgiving meal. It has a historic feel to it. As you can read in the sign below this wide path used to be a carriageway entrance to the Wadsworth Mansion.


 The brownstone walls that border it are now covered with moss.
There are many signs like this one around the grounds and I can say by reading them that Colonel Wadsworth had a clear vision of what he wanted.
 Here is the old mansion itself. They hold wedding ceremonies there and summer concerts on the lawn.

Not much luck finding birds today but it was a nice place to get a little fresh air.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Fall Brings Back Memories Of Fall


 Every year when Fall arrives it feels like I am opening up a treasured gift. Suddenly there is I am thankful to once again experience the smell of burning wood, crisp, clean air and beautiful foliage wherever you go. Like a special song, it brings back memories of fall days from the distant past.
 Around this time new sparrows like the White-throated Sparrow start showing up in large numbers.
I was reminded recently that leaves don't change color from green to the brilliant colors we see in fall. It's just that the chlorophyll start to dissipate this time of the year exposing the true colors underneath.