Monthly Archives: October 2010
My First post is hot of the presses on Birdingblogs.com site. You have to click on the link below to see it, as we are still having issues with the Thesis theme on wordpress.
Birds and Bloggers <my first post.
On the right hand side of the blog Under Whats New you will see other posts.
See you there!
If you click on Birdingblogs.com you will most likely see only two posts.
Kenn Kaufman’s post being the featured one.
There have been a over a week of posts, though none of them show.
We seem to be having a problem with the Thesis theme.
We don’t want you to think we have died over at Birdingblogs.com
So, Until the issue is fixed..you can see us at this URL
Click on the links to the right where you see
Let me know if this link works for you and you are able to see all the posts.
2.6 total miles
Minimal around 400ft
Moderate, steep climbs and bare rock
Year-round, weather permitting
We started out hike via Wintechog Hill Road. Directions here. I found this online GPS map that is pretty cool. The author started his hike from Foxwoods Casinos Two Trees Inn.
The hike started with a gradual uphill climb.
The hill’s quartz was first mined by David D. Mallory in 1870 (“A Growing Industry”; Haynes and Boylan p. 74). With a purity as high as 96.84% silicon dioxide, the mineral had many uses, including glassmaking, filter sand and construction aggregate. Lantern Hill quartz was used as an aggregate in the concrete faces of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts (Altamura, Tectonics, Wall-Rock Alteration pp. E31, E15). Paul Slade and his Gang reused narrow-gauge rails from the quarry to build a short marine railway where Yawgoog’s sailing center is today. The railroad was used to move 28-foot (8.5-meter), surplus navy cutters into and out of Yawgoog Pond from the 1930s onward (Williams and Anthony vol. 2 p. 28). Lantern Hill is spiritually significant to the Pequots (Detwiller; “Bozrah’s Healing Waters”); the tribe protected the quarry site by acquiring it from the U.S. Silica Company in 1994. To the south, it can be seen that much of one of the hill’s lower summits was removed before mining ended.
via The Story of the Yawgoog Trails
As most of you know, I will be blogging with a group of amazing Birders/Bloggers at Birdingblogs.com
If you go to the link above you will only see two posts. We have been rolling out posts for a week. They are they not showing up when you click on the Url for Birdingblogs.com We are able to see them if signed in as administrator, otherwise they seem to be invisible.
So, a few of us unfamiliar with the WordPress platform tried to figure it out..so far no solution. Our fearless leader, who knows WordPress, is off Birding and has no idea what is happening here. So..in the meantime, I will post updates to Birdingblogs.com here and use Twitter and Facebook to posts the new links.
Please enjoy the following posts
The newest post is by our new ABA President Jeffrey Gordon
If you click on the link above you will then see links to the other posts to the right under…
We welcome suggestions to our issue.
Have you checked out the new website yet?
The site is barely a week old..still some tweaking to do.
Lots of Great writers.
- A birding Blog from Peru Gunnar Engblom’s blog
- BirderNaturalist Rich Hoyer’s blog
- Birding Frontiers Martin Garner’s blog on identification of birds
- Birding with Kenn and Kim Kenn and Kim Kaufman’s blog
- Birds and more, in Delaware and elsewhere Jeff Gordon’s blog
- Discovering Alpine Birds Dale Forbe’s photo blog with digiscoping tips
- Shetland Exposure Rebecca Nason’s blog
- Skills Bills Tom McKinney’s disfunct birding blog
- Szimistyle Birding Posterous Gyorgy Szimuly’s blog
- The Life of a Bird Tour Leader Susan Myers defunct blog
My first post goes out on Friday.
I will remind you all on Friday so you can go check it out and see what I will be writing about.
In the meantime….I had a blog post just about finished on our Sunday hike to Lantern Hill.
My computer went wacky and poof it was gone..all except the photos.
So, I got mad at my computer and haven’t yet gone back to edit the post.
I might decide to try today..this time I will remember to save a draft or two..I thought it was autosaved..but I guess not.
Saturday night..Jeff and I burned some of our past. 20 years or so of papers that we had saved..about 130 pounds worth..
My family helped sort thru the papers and burn them…it was great fun!
Yippee..Burn baby Burn.
Its beautiful this time of year…
The air turns crisp and the ground crunchy beneath your feet.
I caught 16 leaves..I won. Jeff caught two one handed…I use two hands..
We enjoy our walks….The birds are still migrating thru the area..We saw flocks of White-throated sparrows and Juncos.At the pond, Upland sandpipers, Green winged teal and Mallards…flocks of Brown headed cowbirds along the edges.Yeah, its that time of year again…moving time..We will start our journey south for the winter in a few weeks..To warmer climes. I look forward to the next phase in our journey.In the meantime, I am loving it here…I am soaking up the color..I am walking on crunchy leaves…and breathing the crisp, cold air.
It is Bittersweet, this time of year for us…
Lots happening in the Bird blogging world.
The Greatest Network of Birding and Nature blogs,
has some great changes in store for us..read about it here
Over at 10,000 Birds,
Corey just announced the new inclusion of more Bird bloggers to their website…
Corey says they don’t beat their writers….though, after reading a few comments online, I am not sure if that is true or not 🙂
So..do they Beat their writers????
Read the above link to see what Corey means by his title, and to see the wonderful bloggers who will be joining their cast of characters.
The ABA recently appointed a New President, Jeffrey Gordon, and has the Birding Blogosphere a twitter..and more hopeful than ever, that the ABA is for all of us.
(Wow, Nate, you sure do get around)
Last but not least…. in the works for over a month now, Gunnar Engblom
Is starting another Birding Blog
With some awesome writers..
Gunnar Engblom (Peru)
Kenn Kaufman (US),
Gyorgy Szimuly (Hungary),
Susan Myers (Australia)
Dale Forbes (Austria)
Tom McKinney (UK)
Rich Hoyer (US),
Jeff Gordon (US)
Rebecca Nason (UK)
Martin Garner (UK)
While, i certainly don’t think I am in the league of any of the above writers..
I have my place in this Bird blogging world.
I love to read Birding and Nature blogs and It will be my pleasure to introduce others to some wonderful Bird Bloggers out there.
The site was just launched this morning..
Read the first post by Gunnar explaining what we are all about.
I find it so very interesting..that The Nature Blog Network, The ABA, 10,000 Birds and Gunnar have started very similar platforms around the same time.
I guess Great minds,do.. think alike…
I want to congratulate all the Bird Bloggers in all of these venues…
May we help enlighten others to the beauty and joy of Birding.
Happy Birding to you all!
Image via Wikipedia
Its Autumn here in Connecticut. Blustery, stormy days interspersed with sunshine and windy days.
Bluff point is our favorite place for a four mile round trip walk..not to far from Mom and Dads.
We brought our bins on this walk..but the wind kept most birds down.
We did see a Great Egret.
I am always looking for mushrooms…We found a few gems on this trip.
This is some sort of Lepioda mushroom
I have never tried any Lepioda mushrooms..too many poisonous look alikes.
Some puff balls are edible
If I don’t know a mushroom well, I don’t eat it unless I am out with an expert.
I try to stay with the safe mushrooms..ones I know inside and out.
If these are edible..this would make a nice mushroom soup.
Instead..I will use the mushrooms I froze and dried last fall in Oregon…
A lovely time of year…