Happy New Year 2017

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
~ Robert Burns
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Assignment 23: Winter

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Spring 2012

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Annual Osage-Orange Road Trip

Come and pick me up.
Come and pick me up.

At the breakfast table in the Bistro Room Joan brought up our annual trek for osage-oranges and rose hips. Since the weather report was favorable we decided to go for it.

We drove to Aurora and our favorite osage orange tree. The culvert adjacent to shoulder of Rt. 90 was plentiful with oranges and many more were strewn on the lawn under the tree. With this year’s bountiful crop we filled a half a dozen Wegmans bags.

Osage-Orange Tree Aurora NY

We continued south on Rt. 90 and turned down the road to Long Point State Park. Pulling pass the gatehouse we parked and proceeded to gather rose hips. We stopped at one Kinneys bag full since the overgrown berries branches were inflicting scratches.

Heading back to Aurora we stopped to observe a raft of a 1000 Canada Geese on Seneca Lake. We then drove east on to Poplar Ridge Road (County Rt. 43A) and turned left at the Hazard Library in Poplar Ridge. Just north of Scipio on to Rt. 34B we parked next to our other favorite osage-orange tree. As usual the crop here was not as bountiful as the Aurora stop.

Osage-Orange Tree Scipio NY

Since there are plenty of osage-oranges left on both trees foragers should have success for the next several days.

Osage-Oranges

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Around the Bird Feeders

The morning greeted us with four inches of snow. As the day progressed snowfall added four more inches.

Because of the snow cover the bird feeders were very busy. The usual contingent of Dark-eyed Juncos were the first to arrive. There were 17 early on.

Sensing the coast was safe the house sparrows occupied the pie tin feeders.

At mid-afternoon the downy woodpecker clung to the suet feeder.

Then just before dinner the suet feeder attracted a white-breasted nuthatch.

Gotta love snow days.

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Savannah-Montezuma (NY) – Bird Tour

Montezuma Audubon Center

After lunch decided to take a drive north to see what birds might be out and about the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC).

Other than a few crows there were no visible birds on the ride over. After crossing the Savannah railroad bridge turned east on Seneca Street and proceeded to Van Dyne Spoor Road.

Van Dyne Spoor Road

In the woods on the Van Dyne Spoor Road observed what appeared to be two Red-tailed hawks.

Van Dyne Spoor Road

Drove to the dead end at the Seneca River.

Van Dyne Spoor Road

Two small birds flew into the bushes but they were too quick for observation.

Van Dyne Spoor Road

Driving toward the MAC. Observed a hawk at the intersection of Van Dyne Spoor Road and Savannah Spring Lake Road. It was in a tree to the left on the north side of Savannah Spring Lake Rd. First thought it was a Red-Tailed Hawk. But once if flew onto a pole on Van Dyne Spoor Road I was not so certain.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Hoped to meet up with Naturalist Dave Spier at the MAC so Dave could help me with identifying the hawk. Julie, an AmeriCorps worker, greeted me at the MAC and said that I just missed Dave who had left for the day.

On the way back home there was a Red-Tailed hawk on a pole on Rt. 89 at a spot Dave had previously pointed out to me.

Once home I emailed Dave. His response was that my photo was a Redtail (brown head and dark belly band). He added that a heavy, black belly band and light head plus white inner tail would be a Rough-leg. Also, a large hawk with a whitish line over the eye could be a Goshawk (in which case he would be extremely envious). Dave mentioned that he was working on the mid-winter Bald Eagle survey around the MAC.

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Reelin’ & Rockin’

Reelin’ & Rockin’
Lyrics: Chuck Berry

Some-times I will, then again I think I won’t.
Some-times I will, then again I think I won’t.
Some- times I do, then again I think I don’t.

Well, I looked at my watch it was nine twenty one


’twas at a rock ‘n’ roll dance havin’ nothin’ but fun.
We were rollin’ reelin’ and a- rockin’.
We were reelin’ and a- rockin’ and rollin’ till the break of dawn

Well, I looked at my watch, it was nine thirty-two,


There’s nothin’ I’d rather do than dance with you.
We were rollin’, reelin’ and a-rockin’…

Well, I looked at my watch, it was nine forty-three,


And every time I’d spin, she’d spin with me.
We were reelin’, reelin’ and a-rockin’, …)

Well, I looked at my watch, it was nine fifty-four,


I said, “Dance ballerina girl, go, go, go! ”
We were rollin, reelin’ and a-rockin’ …

Well, I looked at my watch, it was ten o-five,


Man, I didn’t know whether I was dead or alive!
But I was rollin’, reelin’ and a-rockin’….

Well, I looked at my watch, it was ten twenty-six,


But I’m a keep on dancin’ till I got my kicks!
We were reelin’, reelin’ and a- rockin’…..

Well, I looked at my watch, it was ten twenty-eight,


I gotta get my kicks before it gets too late!
We were reelin’, reelin’ and a- rockin’ ….

Well, I looked at my watch, it was ten twenty-nine,


I had to hold her hand, she was still holdin’ mine!
We were reelin’, reelin’ and a-rockin’. ….

Well, I looked at my watch, and to my surprise,
I was dancin’ with a woman who was twice my size!
We were reelin’, reelin’ and a-rockin’. …..

Well, I looked at my watch, and it was time to go,
The band leader said, “We ain’t playin’ no mo’ ! ”
We were reelin’, reelin’, and a-rockin’….

Chuck’s raunchy take on his classic:

Chuck doing what he does best:

Footnote: Chuck’s performance schedule would kill a 30-year-old.

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