Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

A quick Thanksgiving morning trip to Quabbin to truly appreciate the natural world was very quiet....beautiful, but not many birds. Of course, right off the bat we were greeted by the not-so-traditional Thanksgiving turkey -- only this one was stuffing himself in a tree. He gobbled quite a few crab apples before jumping down and sauntering away.
He joined a group of about 6 others and they casually walked down the road near the Administration Building... clear unaware that the reason there were so few people at Quabbin was due to the many, many turkeys being cooked at this very moment.

Since Quabbin was so quiet, we headed back to Worcester via Rutland State Park looking for crossbills. Instead we were greeted by a young Barred Owl sunning himself right by the big pulloff near the spruces on Coldbrook Road.

He stayed for a few minutes and then flew off deep into the spruces having had enough of people interrupting his sunbath!

An absolutely special morning reaffirming how thankful I am to share these special moments birding with Mark.

Happy Thanksgiving and get out and enjoy the birds!


  1. What a fantastic way to spend Thanksgiving morning. The owl pictures are great.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  2. Glad you enjoyed the owls....and it was a great way to spend Thanksgiving morning. Now to look forward to 3 whole days for birding...yippee!!!