Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sunset~Hardings Beach, Chatham, Ma

Howdee all,

Last night I packed a picnic dinner and we headed out to Harding’s Beach to catch the sunset.

sunset harding beach chatham_002The no-see-ums were out and we ended up eating dinner in the car..

sunset harding beach chatham_003After dinner we braved the bugs for a short beach walk..

sunset harding beach chatham_006and a few photos..

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Other than a few downed trees, minor electrical outages and a few boats that were beached….Irene was kind here..

Wishing all that were affected adversely~~ a speedy recovery and rebuilding after the storm.


Hello Irene~Chatham, Ma

Howdee all,

We haven’t seen the brunt of the storm shouldn’t be too bad here in Chatham, Ma.

We had a nice walk early morning and late morning took a drive around town.

The winds had picked up.Irene~Late morning_001

There was minor flooding, in a few low lying areas.

Irene~Late morning_002We drove to Lighthouse beach..

Irene~Late morning_005Young girls having fun using sheets for sails..

Irene~Late morning_004The parking lot was full…Storm chasers..

Irene~Late morning_006No swimming allowed today..

Irene~Late morning_009Though..there were Board surfers going out to check out the surf..

Irene~Late morning_010I walked to the beach..

view looking south

Irene~Late morning_014I was sandblasted…I look five years younger now Smile

view looking north..

Irene~Late morning_017View toward the lighthouse..

Irene~Late morning_019Sand sailing..

Irene~Late morning_020Board sailing..

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Hello Irene…thanks for being kind to us so far..

Waiting for Hurricane Irene

Howdee all,

The shops of downtown Chatham, Ma are boarding up..

before Hurricane Irene~Chatham_004In preparation of Irene..

before Hurricane Irene~Chatham_005before Hurricane Irene~Chatham_006Chatham light

Hurricane Warning Flags..

before Hurricane Irene~Chatham_012Stay safe my east coast friends and family!

before Hurricane Irene~Chatham_013

I will try to post during and after storm photos here…

Batten Down the hatches~Irene’s coming

Howdee all,

We are still on Cape Cod and will weather out Hurricane Irene here.

I hope all my east coast family and friends stay safe!

I wonder what the Cape will look like after the storm.

Will this bridge still be passable after the storm?

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Will these boats still be nestled alongside the pier?

Cape Cod_008Will the Coast Guard boats be going out on rescue missions?

Cape Cod_007What will the birds do?

Cape Cod_010This ones not too concerned right now..

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Where will the Grey and Harbor Seal go? They like hanging out on the sand bar…will it still be here..or moved to another area?

Cape Cod_076How will South Beach look after the storm?

Cape Cod_012From current storm tracks~it looks like the Cape will be getting a tropical storm..

Of course that could all change..

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We are here nestled in behind a family home…Will go to the house when the storm hits.

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Take care East Coasters

Batten Down the Hatches!

South Beach Birding, Cape Cod

Howdee all,

Yesterday we joined a group to bird

South Beach, Chatham Ma,

Mary Noonan Keleher, a facebook friend,  invited us to tag along.

birding south beach_001 (1)We took the first water taxi out of Outermost Harbor, to South Beach.

We paid an extra 10 dollars to get a drop off closer to North Cove.

birding south beach_002 (1)Below is a map of South Beach and Monomoy If you want to Bird South Beach check out this link.

The map is there as well


It was supposed to be a stormy morning….but we got lucky…

birding south beach_010 (1)The storm moved out of the area sooner than expected.

birding south beach_003 (1)We birded the inner beach and then moved south toward North Cove area..

See Map above.

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Mary brought her daughter Ashley along…Ashley birded with us and also keep herself busy by creating art..

birding south beach_011 (1)And Jumping over waves…

birding south beach_067We walked thru sandy beaches..

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And shallow water..

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Semipalmated Plover

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Semipalmated sandpiper?

I still suck at shorebirding…

birding south beach_011Scads of Tern

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Gull trying to get a free lunch..birding south beach_018Least Sandpiper

I feel like a beginning birder when it comes to shorebirds…

birding south beach_021Black-bellied Plover

A few birds like this Plover, are easier for me to ID

birding south beach_024Whimbrel

And these..well~what else could they be?

birding south beach_026Sanderling

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Ruddy Turnstone

Easy ID for me 🙂birding south beach_032


birding south beach_030Checking out the birds…

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Snowy Egrets~dance fishing

birding south beach_048Looking for Pelagics

Wilson’s Storm Petral

Life bird for us!

Why have we never seen this bird before? There were hundreds of them flying low over the water.

 birding south beach_066 Whimbrel

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A fun day for all ~

Thanks to Mary for inviting us to tag along!

birding south beach_068Birds of the Day

Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Gannet
Herring Gull
Laughing Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Northern Harrier
Green Heron
Great Blue Heron
Horned Lark
American Oystercatcher
Wilson’s Storm Petrel
Semipalmated Plover,
Piping Plover
Semipalmated Sandpiper

Red Knot

Snowy Egret
Pectoral Sandpiper
Cory’s Shearwater
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Black Tern
Common Tern
Forster’s Tern
Roseate Tern
Least Tern
Ruddy Turnstone

Brown Booby Baby!

Howdee all,

Yeah..we saw it!

Corporation Beach~Dennis, Ma.

We missed this bird a few days ago…timing just wasn’t right.

Tonight around seven~ on our way back to Chatham from a long day out with Jeff’s 91 year old mother..

I went on my itouch…

A facebook friend,Dan Furbish, had posted on my wall fifteen minutes earlier that the Brown Booby was being seen at Corporation Beach and to get my butt over there…

This is what he wrote

Dan Furbish
Dawn, I just got a phone call. The Brown Booby is being seen right NOW on Corporation beach in Dennis, MA. GO u will still have light !!

We were cutting it close~it was around seven..we were at least fifteen minutes away…The sun would be setting in a half hour….We had a quart of Ice-cream in the car…which we promptly put into a cooler and put things in high gear, hoping to make it there before it got dark or the bird flew.

  We made it to the beach just as the sun was setting, I dashed out of the car and ran to where I saw birders…


My photo of the Brown Booby..right side of rock..

not so good…

Immature Brown Booby

Brown Booby_001Luckily Alex Burdo was there..

He digiscoped a few for me..

Thanks Alex!

Brown Booby_003Alex is a truly amazing 15 year old birder…

I will never be in his league..

but that’s ok..

Brown Booby_004If you have never seen his blog..

check it out!

Flight of the Scrub Jay

Brown Booby_005We didn’t have our scope with us…

Alex let us look thru his scope for some nice views of the bird.

Brown Booby_006It was Soooo  very see this bird and also to meet Alex Burdo and Kathy Doyon the only other birders checking out this rare Brown Booby..

Brown Booby_007It was getting dark and time to leave..

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Jeff’s mom, was a trooper, She had to climb up and down this area to see the bird..

Here she is climbing back up…Brown Booby_011Not bad for a 91 year old…

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Special thanks to Dan Furbish for letting me know about the Brown Booby!

Read Alex Burdo’s post of the Brown Booby

Here we are~In Chatham

Howdee all,

We arrived a few days ago and will be in Cape Cod for a few weeks…

Spending time with Jeff’s side of the family…


Most mornings we go for a fast walk around Chatham…

Sometimes stopping to take in the scene..

or check out the beach..


chatham_081A stranded starfish..

chatham_084Once in a while we stop to look at birds~but this is an exercise walk..we don’t bring binoculars..

chatham_085 My photos are quick shots…sometimes while walking..

chatham_077We intend on doing some kayaking and birding while here….

Prime migration for shorebirds…:)

Did you know there was a Brown Booby seen in West Dennis a few days ago…

I missed it!~~~~ Big Frigen bummer

 chatham_008 Yoga on the beach…

South Beach~Chatham

chatham_009I still have posts of NH that I haven’t had a chance to get together ..

A busy summer…and a lazy blogger..


Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer..

its disappearing quickly…go grab some!

Sabbaday Falls~ New Hampshire

Howdee all,

Not a hike but a lovely stroll to a very popular falls in New Hampshire, just off the Kancamagus Highway.

Sabbaday Falls

Round trip~ less than a mile

Little to no elevation gain

Easy stroll to the falls..



Bottom of the falls a greenish pool of water..

No swimming allowed here..

new hamp with tammy and joe_085This area gets allot of traffic ..some of the area is off limits to foot traffic.

new hamp with tammy and joe_086A water carved hole

new hamp with tammy and joe_090Back to the falls.. we start walking toward the top..

new hamp with tammy and joe_093Foot paths, stairs and bridges to the viewing areas…

new hamp with tammy and joe_095Getting closer to the top..

new hamp with tammy and joe_097The Falls…

Having just lost my was cool to see the cat head in the first part of the falls…

new hamp with tammy and joe_100Do you see the Big ear of the cat at the top falls..

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How about here?

new hamp with tammy and joe_107I loved watching the water here…

new hamp with tammy and joe_104And the Cat head…

new hamp with tammy and joe_105A nice easy walk on a hot day..

new hamp with tammy and joe_113Refreshing and Relaxing..

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Sabbaday Falls…

Put it on your list of Falls to see.

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Black Cap hike and Mt Cranmore

Howdee all,

Another nice hike in New Hampshire this one near North Conway..

Black Cap Trail to Cranmore Mt. Trail

Read the above link for more trail descriptions.

4.5 mile RT

827.0 ft Gain

Black Cap is located east of Cranmore Mountain


It was another moderate hike…which means allot of sweat for this ole gal.

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From the top there are wonderful views.

New Hamp hiking camp_045The young uns were already at the top waiting for us ole folks..

New Hamp hiking camp_074It was a lovely spot to have lunch…

New Hamp hiking camp_047And wander around on the granite cap…

New Hamp hiking camp_070Taking in the views..

New Hamp hiking camp_053I spotted some glistening pine cones..

New Hamp hiking camp_057And noticed the glisten was sap..

New Hamp hiking camp_058Very cool..

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A few more discoveries..

New Hamp hiking camp_064At the top.. Lichen

New Hamp hiking camp_065I stopped to pick a few berries..

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Just a few ripe ones..

New Hamp hiking camp_082While sitting taking in the view..this fella came to visit me..

New Hamp hiking camp_083It stayed on my arm for five minutes..

New Hamp hiking camp_086I suppose I tasted pretty salty..

New Hamp hiking camp_096After we all rested at the top…we continued the hike following the trail back down the mountain to the intersection of the trail that goes to Mt. Cranmore.

New Hamp hiking camp_098This wildflower was blooming in the field below Mt Cranmore Lodge and Tram.

New Hamp hiking camp_100New Hamp hiking camp_102We took a break at the lodge…taking in the views of North Conway..

before heading back down  the mountain.

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Another awesome Hike in New Hampshire…


Jeff and I are still in CT, we head for Cape Cod on Monday and will be there for two or three weeks.

I still haven’t been able to blog out my Balliecat…but, I will when the time feels right.

Hope you all are having a wonderful summer…its almost over..Go grab as much as you can before it slips away. Smile

Arethusa Falls~New Hampshire

Howdee all,

Still with the Hiking camp in New Hampshire…I went on the hike to

Arethusa Falls.

New Hamp hiking camp_036A short 3 mile round trip hike.

New Hamp hiking camp_039The hike was a bit of a workout..but not difficult.

New Hamp hiking camp_040It has been dry in NH and the falls weren’t at their best…

New Hamp hiking camp_041They were still beautiful despite the lack of water….

It’s a great place to sit, soak your sore feet and have lunch.

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Another great hike in New Hampshire