Peregrine Falcons are sometimes seen perching on the Arrigoni Bridge or the old railroad bridge. This is a view looking south down the Connecticut River with a portion of Middletown in view on the right.
Just across the bridge in Middletown is the locally famous O'rourke's Diner. It's been in business since 1941 and was recently featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. I had my first steamed cheeseburger at O'rourke's back around 1970. Their breakfast menu offers a great variety of choices. On Sunday I ordered eggs over easy and vegetable hash topped with horseradish sauce.
Do you know of a restaurant that has been around forever and brings back memories?
If you take a short walk behind the diner you'll find Riverside Cemetery. It has been there since the 1600's and has an interesting history. You can read more about it on Connecticut Museum Quest.
I made a brief stop at Harbor Park to have a quick look around. This grackle was already panting from the heat by 8am.
I followed the Connecticut River down to Saybrook Point. I saw a Snowy Egret and what looked to be a Little Blue Heron in a distant tree.
I was in no hurry to go any where so I ventured further along the rocks to a small marsh pond. I stood there near some tall grass for about 20 minutes when the Little Blue Heron decided to drop in for a visit, or maybe I was the visitor.
I assumed this was a Wood Duck but it looked a little different to me. I thought it was a female at first but realized after looking in a field guide that it is a male without the exotic colors it displays during breeding plumage.
It's always nice to see the Osprey when you're down at the shore. Before you know it they'll be gone again.
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This is a short video of the LBH preening itself. It turns out that the error messages I was getting the last couple of weeks only applied to uploaded videos that I was attempting to preview. The videos still work once they are published despite the error messages. I also figured out how to trim and compress quicktime clips that the Panasonic video uses. I'm hoping that I can adjust the settings on quicktime pro to improve the video image in the future but it's nice to at least have it working again.