Sunday, January 27, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Finger Lakes Community College Trail
Arrived in Canandaigua ahead of the scheduled 9 AM meeting of the Eaton Birding Society in the Finger Lakes Community College parking lot. Drove west on Lake Shore Drive to the community pier. Took some photos.Great Black-backed Gull.
The forest floor proved to be the star of the day.
After breakfast at the Village Diner, retraced my journey. While driving East on Lake Shore, two windsurfers caught my attention. Parked and took some photos.
While passing through Seneca Falls, drove down to Van Cleef Lake. Numerous birds - Canada Geese, Mallards, Ring-billed Gulls, Hooded Mergansers, and a Great Black-backed Gull.
Detoured north on Rt. 89 and visited the Knox-Marcellus Marsh lookout. Hundreds of Tundra Swans were on the ice with several Mallards. Snow Geese were flying overhead.
All in all another good day of birding.
Friday, January 11, 2013
To complement our take-out meal from Connie's Deli Joan prepared this soup.
1/2 cup each chopped celery, onion, and green pepper'
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons butter
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
1 cup uncooked diced peeled potatoes
1 cup shredded carrots
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 o 3/4 teaspoon dill weed
1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
2 cups half-and-half cream
1-3/4 to 2 cups fully cooked salmon chunks
or 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) salmon, drained, flaked, bones and skin removed
In a large saucepan, saute celery, onion, green pepper and garlic in butter until the vegetables are tender. Add broth, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper and dill; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are nearly tender. Stir in the corn, cream and salmon. Simmer for 15 minutes or until heated through.
Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Other Salmon suggestions:
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
After registering donned my snowshoes and queued up with the other participants, mostly adults but several families with young children. Rough attendance estimate - 50+.
After introduction near the bird feeders we stepped off into the woods. Passing the observation deck we veered right onto Warbler Walk.
The wolf tree drew the group's attention.
About a hundred yards up the trail Frank took a left turn and led the group due West. The trail became increasing wet. Several kids had their feet plunge beneath the snow in the swamp-like conditions. Fortunately they were all wearing good boots.
Then we came to the edge of Crusoe Creek. Frank noted that because of the swampy trespass and the proliferation of poison ivy the lake was best accessed during the winter months.
Dave Fitch, MAC volunteer, views Crusoe Creek
Heading back to the center the group weaved its way along Trumpeter Trail between Merganser Marsh & Sandpiper Shallows.
Back in the center kids sipped on hot chocolate while the adult shared pleasant conversations.
On my way home I detoured down Armitage Road. Glad I did because the balds eagles that were there is the Fall were still in residence.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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