Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Parade 2014

Memorial Day Parade
May 29, 2005

Memorial Day Parade
May 26, 2014

At 10:25 AM left 88 to make my annual trek to 63 formerly 77 to photograph the parade. Parked in the St. Alphonsus school parking lot. Walked over Lawton to South Lewis and then stood across from 63 formerly 77.
The Auburn High School Band was forming parallel with Hoffman Street.
The  dignitaries were busy greeting each other.
Congressman Dan Maffei - Mayor Mike Quill
Councilman Terry Cuddy - Auburn City Manager Doug Selby
(left to right)

The parade stepped off at 11AM. 
Korean War Veterans

The first musical group to pass by was the Syracuse Kilte Pipe Band.

Abner minus Dancin' Bill.
Friends and former neighbors participated in the parade.
Mary Jo

Well 63 formerly 77 made it through another Memorial Day Parade. The front porch and the retaining wall still stand.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Week Twenty-Two- 30 To Go

The cockney accent dialogue of working class Dublin is humorous once you figure it out. Do yourself a favor and view the 1991 classic film, The Commitments. Then download the CD from iTunes and sit back and enjoy the people’s sound.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Frank J. Ludovico Sculpture Trail

After Joan and I shopped at Sauders, we decided to take our daily walk along The Frank J. Ludovico Sculpture Trail. Our last visit here was last summer when we walked this trail located along the south side of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.

Stepping off we came upon a family of Canada Geese.

Then further along a Tree Swallow was sitting on a nest box.

Due to recent storms the trail was puddled in spots. But lilacs and honeysuckle were also in abundance.

We went as far as the Pump Man and then headed back to the car.

The clear, bright day made for pleasant stops to view the art.
Machine Lace
Italian Canal Digger
 Irish Canal Digger
Amelia Bloomer

The highlight of our walk was viewing Hillary Rodham Clinton bust.

 As we got back into our car a family of seven (a man, a woman and 5 boys) were emptying their van and making their way toward the trail head. Pulling into traffic the woman was already taking photos.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Week Twenty-One - 31 To Go

The Women's Murder Club Series rocks. The interaction between the four club members continues to be the strong point of this series. Glad to see Cindy and Yuki have their chance to be in the spotlight.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Week Twenty - 32 To Go

Harry Kemelman combines the tenets of Judaism and an engaging mystery to provide the reader with a quick read sprinkled with Aha! moments.
This novel seemed to fall short of the standards that Kemelman set for his previous novels in this series. Perhaps it is just  hard to say good-bye to an old friend.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bird - Montezuma Audubon Center

Montezuma Audubon Center

On my way to the scheduled MAC bird hike I stopped at Muckrace. The water level being extremely high prohibited duck activity. Heading west on Savannah Spring Lake Road saw an Osprey dive into Malone Creek Trail pond. It was successful. Followed the Osprey towards Rt. 89. There the Osprey landed in a tree and had breakfast.
After arriving at MAC and registering went to view the bird feeders. There viewed a Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinches, Red-winged Blackbirds, House Sparrows, two Grackles, and three White-crowned Sparrows.
Chris Lajewski, MAC interim director, and Amy Barra, MAC Education director, welcomed the group of 18 birders and led us outside.
 We made our way to the lone tree near the ponds and there was our first look of Spring.
We continued as the trail made its way between Sandpiper Swallows and Merganser Marsh. There was a Kingfisher perched upon a nest box and a Sandhill Crane flew overhead. Passing the swamp several Painted Turtles were sunning themselves. This was a photo opportunity for many.
Heading North we followed Warbler Walk. There a Rose-breasted Grosbeak gave us a good look. Also, a Song Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, and Swamp Sparrow were seen. The highlights of Warbler Walk was an Orchard Oriole and a Barred Owl that was clearly heard.
Orchard Oriole

We came onto my favorite tree and some trillium.
Wolf Tree
Trillium erectum
Trillium grandiflorum

Chris concluded the walk was explaining the MAC effort to reforest the woods.
Another great day for birding.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Birding - Cayuga College Trail

At 11 AM Paul Richardson left the gazebo and headed out on the Cayuga College Trail. This was Richardson's annual Spring end-of-the-term bird walk. There were seven birders including myself who participated in the trek.

A pair of Eastern Bluebird are nesting in a nest box just west of the gazebo.

The highlights of the hour walk were a Killdeer (flew overhead), a Great Crested Flycatcher (heard), a Hairy Woodpecker (in the newly cleared area by the 3rd pond), and the Catbird (pictured above).

Also seen on the trail were an Eastern Phoebe, a Song Sparrow, two American Goldfinch, a Tree Swallow, a House Wren, a Cardinal, two Mallards (in the 2nd pond), an Auburn Crow, and a Grackle.

 Another great day for birding.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Birding - Around Auburn

AHS Trail
Along the Owasco Outlet

Woke to a crisp, bright day.

After putting out the bags of ornamental grass, getting the morning papers, and delivering some paper work for the Cameron Company, drove up and into St. Joesph's Cemetery. Park in the usual spot. Immediately overhead flew the resident Red-tailed Hawk.

Hearing the familiar shrill, rolling kwirr or churr, quickly located the Red-bellied Woodpecker. Appears it has claimed a tree cavity. While viewing the bird the groundskeeper, Jim Talbot, approached me to inform me that he would be cutting the grass nearby and would not disturb me. Thank him for his kindness and offered my binoculars for a better view.
After giving Jim and I many good looks, the Red-bellied Woodpecker flew off.
Quickly taking its place was a pair of Chipping Sparrows and a Blue Jay.
As I was preparing to leave a Ruby-crowned Kinglet flitted onto a bare branch.
Drove across the street to the AHS parking lot. Parked next to the running track. Made my way over to the outlet trail. My first bird was a Chick-a-dee. Then five Mallards flew overhead. To the south of the trail in the water were two Wood Ducks. They were too well concealed to photograph.

Along the trail came upon three Yellow-Rump Warblers and an American Goldfinch.
After purchasing our seasonal parking permit at the toll booth at Emerson Park went home. After a light lunch and a visit to the Post Office and to Seymour Library, Joan and I went walking at Hoopes Park. There we saw two Eastern Bluebirds in a tree near the Genesee Street sidewalk.
 Another great day for birding.