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Archive for April 2009

The Shy Daffodil

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If you’ve been walking around town these last couple of weeks, you’ll already have noticed the daffodils pushing their way into the sun!

The Shy Daffodil
13 April 2009
Quiogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

April 23, 2009 at 6:03 pm

The Egret in the Puddle (Part II)

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Part I

The Egret in the Puddle (Part II)
13 April 2009
Dune Road, Hampton Bays/East Quogue, NY

The Deer in the Driveway

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A deer darted out at one of the wider spots on Dune Road and crossed there — despite my car in one lane and a truck approaching in another. All of us were very lucky that the deer was very fast and had pretty good timing: in her dash across the road, all her limbs elongated beautifully to carry her across to the reeds, and she was not hit.

Of course, where there’s one deer, there’s likely more, and so, pulling over, I began to look over at where she had come from. Lo and behold, her family was standing there in someone’s driveway, staring back at me. They then turned and began to head towards the house and the ocean, leaving their brave family member on the bay side, where she had disappeared into the reeds.

The Deer in the Driveway
13 April 2009
Dune Road, Westhampton Beach, NY

Written by Allison Frost

April 22, 2009 at 10:52 am

The Great, Big, Yellow Eye of the Great Horned Owl

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The big, round, yellow eye and the owl’s expression remind me, funnily enough, of my cat when he gets into the catnip.

The Great, Big, Yellow Eye of the Great Horned Owl
17 March 2009
Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue, NY

The Flight of the Sanderlings

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I at first mistook these birds for plovers, being roughly the same size and shape. Further examination of common shorebirds and id tips from LI Birding revealed these to be sanderlings. There were dozens, maybe 50 or 60 in total, bunched in groups along the shore where the tide was coming in. Every now and then a group would pick up and fly east, towards the next bunch, who would then fly eastward themselves.

The Flight of the Sanderlings
13 April 2009
Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Egret in the Puddle

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Okay, so it’s a little more than a puddle — but not by much. This snowy egret was stalking little fishy prey in the tidal pools that appear by the side of Dune Road when high tide comes around. Smaller than his Great Egret compadres, I’ve often heard folks mistake the snowy egret for a juvenile great. One of the best ways to establish which you’re looking at is to look at the color of his beak, which on a snowy egret will be black.

The Egret in the Puddle
13 April 2009
Dune Road, Hampton Bays/East Quogue, NY

The Charging Swan

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The Charging Swan
17 March 2009
Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

April 18, 2009 at 4:24 pm

The Kestrel in the Cage

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The Kestrel in the Cage
17 March 2009
Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue, NY

The Swan Stretching

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My mother swears there’s going to be a rumble this summer at the duck pond. She’s noticed a pair of new swans hanging around, as well as a third that she thinks may be mate to another sitting on a nest out of sight. She thinks that once the eggs hatch, the parents may try to chase off the new pair.

Of course, she could be right — the parents may not want another pair of swans hanging around their cygnets. But it seems to me that they would chase them off as soon as they appeared in the pond, given how territorial swans are, and certainly as soon as they (the parents) were nested and had eggs (which they should, right about now, and does explain why we’re only seeing an odd number).

Right now, they seem to be co-existing rather peaceably.

The Swan Stretching
07 April 2009
Westhampton Beach/Quiogue, NY

The Pollen in the Lily

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A day lily from last summer.

Written by Allison Frost

April 15, 2009 at 10:36 am