Monday, April 3, 2017

Weekend Wanderings!

This weekend we got one rain day and one beautiful day. It was so nice to get out and not have to wear a coat. This time I found a new place to explore called the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.

I read up on it and it said that dogs were allowed, but when we got there, I saw on the sign to the center that dogs were not allowed in that area. I asked at the desk and she told me we could hike on the trails on the other side.

The trail was nice, though a few wet spots from all the rain, but it was a nice hike and we didn't see anyone on most of the hike.

Some areas had board walks for the swampy ponds.

There are also farm fields and an old quarry area. One thing the sanctuary has is, plenty of birds, especially wood peckers. I noticed a lot of holes in the trees and even spotted a few babies peeking their heads out. Now I know why so may trees look like faces.

One reason I wanted to go was, they have an owl sanctuary. Bill sat in the car with Bean so I could go and see the owls and check out the sanctuary area. They have ponds and trails and I will definitely come back with Nick so we can explore that area.

This owl seemed to be mocking me. He was making hissing sounds and blinking at me.

This guy just looked sad. He had some strange growth on his stomach, not sure what was wrong with him, but he was not a happy guy. I cropped him in more and used photoshop to make the bars and background disappear.

There are also barns and old homes, and they are associated with a farm, so lots to explore on future visits. I have been by this area when we are in Mystic and never knew it was there. I might even go back next Sunday and bring Nick. Great time of year to see nature as the ponds come to life and the flowers will be budding.

Today we put out fresh feed, so all the birds and critters were feasting on the seed. The chipmunk got too close to the squirrel's spot, so he scared him away. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.


acorn hollow said...

we had snow and a nice day yesterday was beautiful today not so much.
love your pictures always so beautiful.

Kate said...

I enjoyed your weekend visit. :) It would be such a treat to see the baby woodpeckers. Looks like a very interesting place to visit, Debbie, thanks for sharing. We're having a warm, very warm, week but that's supposed to end this weekend with some Arctic air and possibly snow - just to make life interesting.

Julie Fukuda said...

Great bird pictures. Some day I will have to disclose my owl stories.
There is an owl park up near Mt Fuji and we enjoyed that with my Son's family when they came. All the owls were foreign varieties as I think Japan protects their own. There are also owl cafes in Tokyo but I think that is going a bit too far.

Barbara said...

Nice photos. We had a nice weekend. Sunshine, but still too cold to be out without a coat.

Sandi said...

Odd they would post dogs welcome on the website and then once you trek there they say no! Any explanation why?

That poor guy with the growth looks so sad and worn out. Congrats on your Photoshopping him some freedom.

Looks like a lovely place to explore again with Nick.

Patti said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!
Blessings, Patti

Fiona said...

another interesting place... I Love that building. Owls are so amazing and so different to one another.

Saundra said...

Maybe the owl is shedding it's winter feathers like dogs do. Except there is no one to brush the under growth of winter feathers on owls.