Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Week at the Beach, Part One

We just spent a week at the beach and it was heavenly. The weather was amazing: sunny, mid- to upper 70s and low 80s, good breezes. The house we rent is on the sound, which provides amazing sunsets in the evening, and the water is often calm enough for canoeing.

The wildlife sightings on this trip were amazing: from playful dolphins just feet from the water's edge at low tide, to a manta ray jumping out of the water. A five-lined skink (below) visited us on the porch, and we enjoyed watching a pair of young red-tailed hawks hover overhead and hunt in the brush for mice (and were lucky enough to see a catch). One day, I became aware of a bird singing its heart out, perched in a small cedar a short distance from the deck. We grabbed the binoculars and were thrilled to discover it was a painted bunting -- a first-time sighting for both my husband and me! 

Paddling back into the creek and marshes, we saw all kinds of birds: a great blue heron, a little green heron, beautiful white egrets, ospreys (my favorite bird of prey), pelicans, clapper rails, sandpipers and many others.

We take beach vacations as much for our dogs' sake as for ours. The girls love the beach! Phoebe is especially keen on swimming and fetching sticks from the water, followed by a good roll in the sand. She also enjoys short rides in the canoe and is always ready for an adventure.

Winnie will swim too, but she's more interested in keeping an eye on the comings and goings of people and their pups on the beach. She also tires more quickly than her sister. Life is good at the beach. Already I can't wait to go back.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful shot of the heron!


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