Friday, 24 January 2014

Massachusetts, carrying on the baby theme.

Bonnie and I went to Lexington to bond with our latest Grandson Toby born on dec 6th,  great little chap like they all are at that age.  It's always difficult for new parents to cope with the feeding of newborns and try to carry on a normal life,  especially at night,  you have to be lucky,  it doesn't last long though,  as they develope very quickly.  Also congrats to Dave and Susanne Bradnum.       I managed to take a few common bird photo's from and around the complex.   When the weather changed we took a trip to a conservation area near Lexington,  after about half an hour the cold got through to us and we had to hurry back to town and into a starbucks to thaw out,  we nearly came a cropper,  it was 21 degrees below.    There has been a fallout of Snowy Owls from the north along the east coast,  and at Plum Island they had a count of 14 in one day,  although it's only an hours drive,   to think about it on this trip is criminal.

3 generations,   Strange headgear?

Forgot they could smile at 5 weeks.

Snowstorm,  temperatures plummit

American Robin.

Dark-eyed Junco.

White-Throated Sparrow

Northern Cardinal


Downy woodpecker

Glimps of a Northern Flicker

White-Bellied Nuthatch

Black-capped Chickadee

Saturday, 4 January 2014


After driving through torrential rain to Abberton Reservoir,  son David and I arrived at the causeway in sunshine and found the male Smew fishing by the reeds,  great views of this unusual black and white (duck).   It's amazing how many people pulled up opposite the bird jumped out with bins or whatever rush up to the fence only to watch it fly off,   remarking "Oh it's gone!"     It did eventually come back each time though.  Other birds seen;   Goldeneye,  Goosander, and plenty of wildfowl.     They have opened the main causeway where you can park in bays,   It looks really good.

Photo's by D C McGough

photo by old McGough