Canfield Marsh, Westport, CT

Too windy to paddle out to the islands this morning so I stayed back in the marsh.  It was high tide,… [more]

Canfield Marsh, Westport, CT Canfield Marsh, Westport, CT

Fool Me Once…

Fool me once Shame on you. Fool me twice Shame on me. —Chinese proverb Prey animals don’t… [more]

Fool Me Once… Fool Me Once...

High Tide, Grassy Island, Norwalk Islands

Another morning exploring the Norwalk Islands by kayak, this time at high tide.  Oystercatchers everywhere… [more]

High Tide, Grassy Island, Norwalk Islands High Tide, Grassy Island, Norwalk Islands

Cockenoe Island, Long Island Sound

Cockenoe is one of the Norwalk Islands, the furthest north of all, and an easy paddle from Sprite Island,… [more]

Cockenoe Island, Long Island Sound Cockenoe Island, Long Island Sound

Nanday Parakeets at Turtle Beach

I admit that I'm obsessed with these local exotics that you can hear all around Sarasota. I caught… [more]

Nanday Parakeets at Turtle Beach Nanday Parakeets at Turtle Beach

Oaks of Myakka (Part One)

There are ten different species of oaks in Myakka River State Park, and Paula Benshoff took us to see… [more]

Oaks of Myakka (Part One) Oaks of Myakka (Part One)

North Lido Park, Sarasota

Very hard getting a good look at birds, in spite of the promise of a hot spot.  I was happy to see this… [more]

North Lido Park, Sarasota North Lido Park, Sarasota

Everglades Weekend

We went down to the Everglades/Big Cypress this past weekend to do a tour of different places and activities.… [more]

Everglades Weekend Everglades Weekend

Cormorants on the Rocks

Cormorants love to line up and pose for pictures, and they are particularly photogenic in the fog. More… [more]

Cormorants on the Rocks Cormorants on the Rocks
Black-crowned Night Heron

Canfield Marsh, Westport, CT

Too windy to paddle out to the islands this morning so I stayed back in the marsh.  It was high tide, so most of the birds were just hanging out waiting for the water to recede. The osprey in the video was making quite a racket, and his/her mate was in a tree about 50 yards […]

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Innisfree Garden, Millbrook, NY

I now have a new favorite garden, and it’s only about an hour and fifteen minutes away! I can’t say it better than their website: Recognized as one of the “world’s ten best gardens,”* Innisfree is a powerful icon of 20th century landscape design. Over 50 years in the making, it is largely the work […]

Black-crowned Night Heron

Night Herons

It’s always a pleasant surprise to see night herons, as they mostly spend their days hiding among the branches.  For some reason, I saw a bunch of them on Saturday morning at Cockenoe Island and also back in the marsh by Canfield Island.

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Constitution Marsh on the Hudson

This is a great spot run by Audubon.  It wa almost empty when I went (Sunday morning, and it nice to walk down along Indian Brook to the Hudson (at low tide).  West Point is right across the river.  Not so many birds, but lots of moths and dragonflies.

Grupes Resevoir

Silvermine River, Wilton, CT

We headed further up the river to Grupes Reservoir… a little disappointing because so much is posted/on private property.

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Damsels on the Silvermine

An impressive range of damselflies on the Silvermine this afternoon, and I didn’t see a single dragonfly.  Damsels have eyes on the sides of their heads and are generally smaller than dragons.  I’ll have to go to the book to put names on these guys.

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Silvermine River, Norwalk, CT

I’ve been expanding explorations on the Silvermine River, which runs through our backyard.  Some of the banks are exceptionally high, but as you can see, it’s a quiet river.

North of East White Rocks

High Tide, Grassy Island, Norwalk Islands

Another morning exploring the Norwalk Islands by kayak, this time at high tide.  Oystercatchers everywhere (and oystermen).  This was my first time on Grassy Island, which does not appear to have a lot of photogenic features.  My presence was very upsetting to a pair of willets.  I am very used to seeing them in Florida […]

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

  We’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of these song sparrows around.  Pretty unassuming appearance, but boy can they sing!

East White Rocks

More Norwalk Islands

The Norwalk Islands have become my summer project.  Sailing or paddling to them and taking photographs.  I’ve also set up a website: http://norwalkislands.com.

Goose Island with Cormorants

Goose Island, Long Island Sound

I went sailing with Jalna and Dave, and the wind brought us to Goose Island, then back to Cockenoe.  More oystercatchers, herring gulls and blacked gulls.

American Oystercatchers

Cockenoe Island, Long Island Sound

Cockenoe is one of the Norwalk Islands, the furthest north of all, and an easy paddle from Sprite Island, my home base.  Right from the start, there were a surprising number of oystercatchers to be seen, and I would guess that there are between 30 and 50 of them on Cockenoe.  This seems like a […]

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