Battening Down the Hatches

It’s been a tense weekend here at the Lonely Birder Blog. We’ve watched as the forecast track for Monster Hurricane Irma came perilously close to home. While the track is now forecast west of here, this storm is HUGE and impacts will be felt all over the state of Florida. It’s a waiting game now, for most of us in the U.S. mainland. Of course, Puerto Rico and many of the other islands in the Caribbean have sustained major damage and will need help for a long, long time. Here’s a link to Charity Navigator to help you sort out where you might want to give: 

Any time there’s a large storm like Irma or Harvey, the question comes up, where do birds (and other animals) go? Forbes posted an informative article about that yesterday. You can read it here:
(There is an auto-play, but muted, video/ad that comes up in the upper left, but I promise the article is worth it.)

Once the storm passes and things get back on track, things should return to normal here on the blog. Stay safe and see you soon.


I’m on a boat! (was)

I went on a short trip to New England last week. I did a whale watch and visited a few of my old, favorite places on Cape Cod and other parts of southern New England. Enjoy this short video of one of the Humpback Whale encounters we had on the 7 Seas Whale Watch while I get some of my photos in order for posting soon.

The wind is a bit loud, so you might want to turn down your sound a bit, at least a first! See you soon!

Frozen Chicken

This was me on Sunday. It was, as my father might say, “bleaky cold” out Sunday morning, so I chickened out and stayed in bed. I’ll try to make a foray before the week gets too far along. It might be a brief stop at my other favorite birding area, Erna Nixon Park. It’s been a good place for American Redstarts, Black and White Warlbers and others in the past.

Your blog author this past weekend.

I notice that there is no truly decent map online for Turkey Creek Sanctuary. I did find a reasonable depiction of the trails and boardwalk on OpenStreetMap, though some of the ancillary structures (gazebo, radio tower, pump station, etc.) are not displayed. In this map, trails are dotted lines (The Sand Ridge Pine Trail is the northernmost) and the boardwalk is shown in the thick white lines with the black dashes along the center-lines. (The creek overlooks are also not shown.)  [UPDATE: I added some map updates to the trails, including a few of the overlooks, the canoe deck and the radio tower. It may take some time for all the updates to show up on the map.]

Click through the map above and it will take you to the full OSM map where you’re free to zoom, pan and play around to your heart’s content.