On April 11th, Mike (my husband) and I headed toward Boston, MA for the 117th Boston Marathon! Mike had qualified for the 116th Marathon, but when he tried to register, it was full. He was able to get in the Marathon this year. God protected us in a huge way by keeping us out of the bombing and the mayhem that followed. Mike finished in 3:30.33 and as you know, the bombs went off at 4:09. At that time, we were safely away from the downtown core, on our way to our car via subway. We got on the subway to head to the car at 2:25...had we been delayed by a mere 25 minutes, we would have stuck in downtown Boston. We didn`t even know about the bombings until we were halfway back to the resort on Cape Cod, when our family started calling our cell phones. There are so many small details in the planning of this vacation and our plan for the day of the marathon that I am still amazed when I think about it...and get goose bumps thinking about what may have been. I am forever grateful for God`s hand of protection over us!
Because we made reservations on Cape Cod, we got to enjoy an incredibly beautiful, relaxing week. We spent a lot of time walking beaches and scanning for birds. Because my husband isn`t a birder, I was content to wear my binoculars almost everywhere we went hoping to see some new birds. He was much more patient than I would have been if I were in his shoes :) Here are some of the birds I (we) saw:
The first life bird I saw was a Great Black-backed Gull (April 13th at Swan Pond)....we accidentally trespassed on private property (it looked like the end of the road had a path to this "pond"). The man was really nice :)
|Very, very large bird!|
|Why it is called "black-backed".|
|Different locale...Provincetown, MA.|
|Looks like disco dancing, but really just taking off :)|
|Interesting looking duck, wouldn't you say?|
About 10-15 Brant swimming in the surf along the shore, feeding in the water. This is my best shot of any of them.
|Red-breasted Merganser (taken in Provincetown, MA)|
|Feeding...I thought this was interesting.|
|Diving Northern Gannet|
On April 16th, we went to West Dennis Beach. I had read in "Birding Cape Cod" that West Dennis Beach was a great birding spot...again, because Mike isn't a birder, we didn't necessarily go to bird, but it was nice to go for a nice walk :) West Dennis Beach has a parking lot that is between the beach/Nantucket Sound and a large salt marsh. I would have loved to spend hours here! Here are the life birds I found here:
|A sign just off the beach...|
In the salt marsh, I saw a Great Egret and an Egret that looked a little bit different....it was quite a way off, but when it flushed, I caught a confirming picture....Snowy Egret!
|Check out those yellow feet!|