This morning, like most mornings when I’m not teaching school, I went out to find birds. My current haunt is a beach on a local suburban Morse Reservoir. This season it’s become a regular stop for migrating loons, grebes, mergansers, ducks and geese. It’s been great fun running out every morning to see what birds have dropped down for the day.
I’ve been sharing these adventures here and on facebook. A photographer friend, Ernie Mills, picked up on what I’d been seeing. When I pulled up this morning he was already there with cameras in hand, (Ernie and I toured New England last October. Read about it here.)
Most of the regulars made appearances: mallards, Canada geese, common loons, and tufted grebes. Though most birds were way out, Ernie found a few that were fairly close. We saw a few loons take-off and land. Ernie clicked away.
The loons were very vocal. We heard calls most of the time.
This morning I carved and painted a Canada goose. This afternoon I will carve a turkey with a hungry audience. Carving the turkey is a family tradition that I learned from my grandfather. Good stuff! Have a great Thanksgiving!