Sunday, November 29, 2015

Week Forty-Eight - 4 To Go

Starts off well; ends on a low note. Too many abusive subplots. Look forward to the return of the real Will Robie.

Monday, November 16, 2015

1812 B&B

Front Door

View from North State Street
Staircase with Chandelier and Stained Glass
Upper foyer
Our Room
Stained Glass in our Bathroom

Other Rooms
Downstairs Foyer
 Ladies' Sitting Room
Men's Smoking Room (Where we were served breakfast.)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Week Forty-Six - 6 To Go

Short chapters make for speed reading. This crime thriller with its numerous  plot twists hastens the pace. Patterson could be back.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Week Forty-Five - 7 To Go

In his encyclopedic account of Detroit in the early sixties, journalist David Maraniss hints that urban violence may have played a decisive role in bringing down Detroit. Regardless, even the causal non-fiction reader will be engrossed by the Motown chapters.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Birding - Montezuma Refuge

Main Pool

Went early to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge to seek a look at the Cinnamon Teal. This rare visitor to the East was sighted at Larue's Lagoon earlier in the week.

There were thousands on Canada Geese in the refuge.
 Canada Geese

Parked the car near the entrance to the Auto-Drive and walked over to Larue's Lagoon by way of the Seneca Trail. There I met Rob from New York City and Lisa from Liverpool NY. They saw the Cinnamon Teal a half hour ago but it has since been hiding in the reeds. While waiting for a reappearance, noticed a Greater Yellowlegs in the channel.
Greater Yellowlegs

Rob and Lisa moved on and so did I. Once back on the Auto-Drive, walked over to met two male birders, Mike and Dominic from Rochester. They were scoped onto the Cinnamon Teal. They shared a look with me. We were soon joined by other birders.
After leaving the group and heading back to the car, noticed an Autumn Amberwing on a bench near the viewing platform.
Once in the car decided to drive the Auto-Drive. Glad I did. There was a variety of birds out there.
Canada Geese
Northern Pintail
American Coot
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal

Earlier in the week I had received an email stating that the lone house on East Road had burned done. Drove up there and sure enough it had.
A tragedy. 

Later in the week,  Jay McGowan confirmed that the Cinnamon Teal was in reality a Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal hybrid. At least I saw it.

Another great day for birding.

Other birding adventures at MNWR:

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Week Forty-Four - 8 To Go

John Grisham presents us with a new lawyer Sebastian Rudd. Rudd is a creative shyster who has a driver-fixer-companion called Partner. (Shades of Lincoln Lawyer???) Rogue Lawyer is broken up into short episodes that interlock only as the plot reaches its final stages. Rudd displays the makings of a potential series star for Mr. Grisham.