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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Zippin' on the Z-Pack - Low tide jackpot

After two week of fevers, sore throats, coughing my fool head off and a malady of different ailments I was finally put on antibiotics. My sleep is deprived, I've taken a cocktail of medications and my body feels ransacked but I think I might just live after all.......now. Just in case, I've purchased an herbal supplement - a combination of Echinacea and Goldenseal - to see if the hype is for real. I'm not one for home remedies, however I get debilitatingly ill on a yearly winter basis and I'm pretty sick of it. I've tried everything imaginable and I'm willing to try more. Yes, I got both the seasonal and h1n1 vaccination and was told I had neither. **sigh** - well, it's my weekend to myself and I have some me time to relax. I'm making a mustard dill vegetable soup for supper and it smells fantastic. I'm also watching "the Tudors" from Netflix on my computer, Season one is done and I'm 1/2 way through Season two.

So this morning I put a leash on the dog and hopped in the car with my birding essentials. We started on the Eastern Trail where we were greeted by a pair of Crows at the parking area. Samantha had me in tow up the trail, spooking eight Common Goldeneyes (two males and two females) as she tried to snuff up all the other doggie odors along the way. Have you ever tried to take pictures with a 95 pound dog towing you around? It's not easy! Anyway, we got to see two Red-Breasted and one Common Merganser, around 20 Black Ducks, five Canandian Geese, a few gulls and then the highlight - two Bald Eagles! Of course the dog was being naughty (she hadn't been on the Eastern for some time) so I couldn't get a good shot of them! Grrrrrr! We got back to the car and headed to Pine Point.

Caw! Caw! The welcoming committee

Common Goldeneye

Samantha isn't much of a stalker

Common Merganser

Come'on mom! Hurry up and stop taking pictures!

That's it, I'm coming to get you.

See how well pictures come out with a dog tugging on the leash?
This is a Bald Eagle

So, then we hit Pine Point at the Co-Op. First I see men digging in the flats - not sure if for clams or worms (I believe the area is closed for clamming right now), then I realize that Mount Washington is shining clear as a bell past the river. The water was calm and beautiful on the marsh side but basically birdless, so I move on over to the area overlooking Ferry Beach. Now that was a whole different ball game! I was dead low tide and the birds were loving it! To name what I saw, there were Common Mergansers, Long Tailed ducks, Harlequins, Common Eiders, Common Loons, Black Ducks, Common Goldeneyes then Crows, Herring Gulls, Balck-Backed Gulls and a couple of Glaucous Gulls. Jackpot! Sam didn't care, we didn't have to get out of the car here.

Pull up them pants!

Mount Washington - Click to enlarge

From there we stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few supplies, then I swung into the hardware store. I found a Nyjer sock for my Goldfinches and grabbed a bag of Critter feed (peanuts, corn and sunflower seeds) for the deer (shh!) - they've been coming out the past few nights to dig at what's falling out of the feeders, and with all the snow I'm sure they'll appreciate a little help. Within an hour of putting up the Nyjer sock, I had a big, fat Goldfinch on it. :)

I'll let you know how the deer watch goes.


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