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August 31, 2011

Blenheim Covered Bridge, New York (Washed Away)

Filed under: Covered Bridge,New York — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 11:08 pm

 

This wonderful bridge was washed away by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene (August 28/ 2011). This is sad news about one of North America’s most magnificent structures.

Blenheim Covered Bridge, New York

Blenheim Covered Bridge, New York

When Built: 1855

Builders: Nichols Powers

Description: This is a magnificent structure, the world’s longest single span covered bridge at 228 feet. On top of that it is two lane. It has an interesting structure made up of Long Trusses with a Center Arch.

Blenheim Covered Bridge, New York

Blenheim Covered Bridge, New York

This is part of a series on New York’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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August 30, 2011

Bartonsville Covered Bridge, Vermont

Filed under: Covered Bridge,Vermont — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Bartonsville Covered Bridge, Vermont

Bartonsville Covered Bridge, Vermont

When Built: 1870

Builders: Sanford Granger

Description: One of four covered bridges, found in Rockingham, Vermont, and one of the finest. The bridge was swept away and destroyed by floodwater caused by Hurricane Irene in August of 2011. It was re-built and re-opened in 2013.

GPS Position: N:43.22374 W:72.53682

Bartonsville Covered Bridge, Vermont

Bartonsville Covered Bridge, Vermont

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August 24, 2011

Eagleville Covered Bridge, New York

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Eagleville Covered Bridge, New York

Eagleville Covered Bridge, New York

When Built: 1858

Builders: Ephraim Clapp

Description: Refurbished in 1998, this bridge looks sharp with barn red sides and white portals. It is just 3.5 miles from the Vermont border.

Eagleville Covered Bridge, New York Eagleville Covered Bridge, New York


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August 22, 2011

August 19, 2011

Texas Birding: Falcon Dam

Filed under: Birds,Texas — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Curve-billed Thrasher

As you move west along the Rio Grande River from Brownsville towards Falcon Dam, you move from moist air and verdant vegetation to dry desert conditions and a new set of plants and animals. The Falcon dam was opened in 1953 and the Falcon Dam State Park, in the area around the lake created by the dam, in 1965.

A slow drive through the camping areas will often reveal a water drip that has been set up, or pieces of fruit, and these will be a magnet for birds and other wildlife.

Some of the birds to look for are Pyrrhuloxia, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Roadrunner, Cassin’s, Lark, and Black-throated Sparrow, Hooded and Altamira Orioles, Harris Hawk. The area below the dam is good for Red-billed Pigeon and the occasional sighting of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl.

Camping facilities and RV hookups are available at the State Park and day use fee is $2 as of 2006


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August 16, 2011

Wildflower Meadow, France

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Wildflower Meadow, France

Wildflower Meadow, France

While walking back from a visit to Monet’s Garden in Giverney, we came across this meadow filled with wildflowers.

 

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August 11, 2011

Buskirk Covered Bridge, New York

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Buskirk Covered Bridge, New York

Buskirk Covered Bridge, New York

When Built: 1857 (Rebuilt in 2005)

Builders:Peter Osterhauth, Charles Newman and James Roberts with Charles Ingalls (Sub-contractor)

Description:This is the only New York Covered Bridge which spans two counties (Washington and Rensselaer). It is a single span of 165 feet.

Buskirk Covered Bridge, New York Buskirk Covered Bridge, New York


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August 10, 2011

Orkney Birding: The Birsay Moors

Filed under: Birds,Orkney Isles — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Cottongrass, Orkney Isles

The Birsay Moors are an extensive heather and peat moor with some interesting breeding species.

At the highest point of the moors are huge power generating windmills. This is the Burglar Hill. The bit of a loch below the windmills has a hide/blind beside it. The Loch itself holds breeding Red Throated Loons. It is also home for a number of breeding species of ducks such as Gadwall and Mallard. Tufted Duck can be seen on the more open Lochs.

The surrounding moor is the breeding ground of Red Grouse, Parasitic Jaeger / Arctic Skua, Northern/Hen Harrier, European Stonechat, Common Snipe and European Golden Plover, as well as an abundance of Meadow Pipits. Short-eared Owl drift by hunting for prey.

Short-eared Owl

Both the Greater and Lesser Black Backed Gulls use this area to raise their young.

The Eurasian Oystercatchers and Curlews set up territories on the grassy areas of the reserve, as well as many Northern Lapwing.

Both the Merlin and Eurasian Kestrel are ground nesters here, and surprisingly the European Starling is too.

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