A view of the Wildlife around the Norwalk Islands.
OK... Sometime's my Backyard and Beyond!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This and that
I haven't been out checking the islands on the boat in a while, I'm waiting for the for the wave of winter migrants to arrive, in the meantime I had a blast catching Blue Crabs off the pilings in the marina, I just about filled a five gallon pail with the tasty little critters, but after culling the shorts and females, I only had a few dozen left. The Mrs.and I enjoyed them on the patio, with some nice cold beers and a bottle of homemade champagne. I also had a few soft shells, and OMG they were spectacular.
Tautog season starts Oct 1st, I won't be here, but look forward to some great fishing in October and November.
We are off to New Hampshire this weekend, to friends Dave and Aldonna's Cabin,"The Wilderness" a dozen or so miles north of Concord, and way off the beaten path, just an incredible place... loons on the pond, owls hooting, coyotes howling, black bear and moose tracks around the pond, hopefully I will catch one of the mammals this trip, and not just find their tracks... I forgot to mention the "stars" there is absolutely no light interference in this neck of the woods. The moths are phenomenal, I'll be spending many hours after dark photographing these little cuties, and calling owls, or in this case, they may be calling me, yes its a cabin in the wilderness, there is no TV and thank God for that!
Till then, check out the first summer American Redstart taking a dip at one of my bird baths in the above photo.
Several stop by each day, and love the water.
Born in Norwalk,CT.I grew up just a few blocks from the Harbor. As a young boy in the late 50's I would catch winter flounder with my Mother, using drop lines from one the old docks off Water Street, we caught our own bait, catching nightcrawlers in our yard after dark.
South Norwalk back then also had a number of fields and I was out daily discovering the wildlife of those fields.
Most notable were the number of Garter Snakes, I would fill a box with my collection of snakes from the day, some were pretty big and yes I got bit every once and a while, but at the end of the day all the snakes were released unharmed.
Fast forward a half century, I'm still in love with nature,and the Norwalk Islands in particular, from it's nor'easters; to it's most picturesque sunrises; sunsets, and full moon glowing over it's water.
It's Birds; migrating through this area and sometimes even a few thousand nesting in the island chain.
From Harbor Seals surviving in the harshest of our winter months to White-tail deer starving to death during this same time.
This is just a small part of nature's events that I will reflect on for you to see.