Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Vacation happenings!


A vacation at home can be tiring, today I crashed, lol. We have been keeping busy and then I come home and keep up around home. I thought I would do an extra post tonight since I have so many photos and hopefully more to come later. I haven't had any time to do any projects, but sometimes it is good to take a break and then I can get back into the projects I haven't finished.

We took a hike at a local bike path, we went off onto a path that leads to a beach and walked the beach. We spotted this Snowy Egret, along the way.

Another day we went to a farm sanctuary. There is a paved area to walk around, but we found a new path in the back, that goes through grapevine covered areas and an estuary. Lots of birds in the area and I was able to catch a few. A Song Sparrow, Red-Winged Blackbird and a Goldfinch. 

The farm has a few donkeys and horses, I just love this little donkey.

On Monday we headed to Newport to visit Colt State Park, which is further up in Bristol. It is a beautiful park, lots of places to walk and expansive views of the bay. A great place to spend the day with family.

I was trying to get a photo of the weathervane and this Osprey decided to get into the picture.

Yesterday we went for a paddle at a salt water pond, that opens to the ocean. We enjoyed paddling around the little islands and landed on a strip that had a path, to the ocean side. Coming back, I spotted this pair of Horseshoe crabs, I guess it is breeding season.

Along the way, I spotted all different types of shore birds. There are also fenced off areas for the piping plovers, but I wasn't able to spot any babies, they are too well hidden. I did spot a few foraging along the shoreline, a Willet, Piping Plover and a White-Rumped Sandpiper, a first for me.

While on the beach, we watched this Tern dig a nest in the sand. Then every time we got up or moved, she got all upset and flew off. Not the best spot to have a nest, with rough seas and people walking down the beach.

While paddling, I spotted this Great Egret on a point. I had to get into a little cove and take a photo while I rocked in the boat and it actually made a nice effect.

And at home, I was thrilled to see Baltimore Orioles coming to the grape jelly, feeder. The Catbirds are more skittish, but this one came to visit and show off his tail. 

We have one more day of cooler weather and then the heat kicks in, so I am hoping my energy comes back tomorrow and we can have some more adventures. 


acorn hollow said...

wonderful pictures it is nice to have a staycation.

TheCrankyCrow said... many incredible feathered wonders! I love, love, LOVE that photo of the great egret. You will have perch in a rocking boat more often LOL. And that weather vane!!! WOW! What an amazing piece of art. And too funny about the photo bomber osprey. You couldn't have got a photo of him on it had you been trying. We have been hot, hot, and sticky. Someone said a cool down on Saturday, but I haven't checked....they usually aren't right anyway. Hope you have more fun adventures! ~Robin~

Julie Fukuda said...

I love visiting these pictures again and again. Bean seems to be enjoying his outing days too.

Rugs and Pugs said...

That little donkey is too stinkin' cute.
Very cool shot of the osprey on the weathervane. Like Robin said, had you wanted it in the picture it never would have happened.
And the horseshoe!

Grams Jean said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of some of our Lord's creation. Have a beautiful and productive day.