Field Trip

We are on spring vacation from school this week and the weather couldn’t be better!  The kids went to the beach on Monday with their cousin (while I worked) and yesterday we we all took a field trip to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary which has walking trails and some natural history exhibits.

We had a great time except for getting the heebie-jeebies after flicking several ticks off of ourselves because we have gone off the trail briefly to see a decaying dolphin from the mass standings this past winter on the tidal flats.  We actually saw 2 such dolphins, a very sad sight.

I really got my exercise too carrying my 4 year old during the second half of the 1.7 mile trail walk.  I was carrying him on my back until he fell asleep!  Then I switched him to the front which really did me in.  My arms feel still feel like rubber.

My favorite part was the bird exhibit.  They have 3 large bird feeders set just outside a large picture window.  They also have a speaker set up so you can hear the crazy bird noise!  I sat in front of that window for at least 20 minutes and saw at least 15 different types of birds.  There was a bird enthusiast watching too who helped identify some of them.  The pictures are not as crisp as I’d like taken behind glass but here are a few highlights…

Common Grackle and Red Winged Blackbird

Female Cardinal

Song Sparrow

I wonder why the Grackle always looks angry and I love the Cardinal and her red lipstick.  We also saw a female Cow Bird (who lay their eggs in other birds’ nests!) and White-Throated Sparrows.

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How are you filling spring vacation week?


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  1. I picked a tick off of Simon last weekend. Ugh! We were out house-hunting and walking in the backyards at a few properties, not even the woods. I have heard they are expected to be extra bad this year. I saw a few natural tick repellents on pinterest go by.
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  2. That place sounds absolutely wonderful. There is a place in Albuquerque, NM called the Rio Grande Nature Center that I adored to visit when I lived there that reminds me of your trip.

    I also want to say that I really like the way you kept the decaying dolphin out of focus. Good for the viewer and respectful to the dolphin, but still an informative photo.
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