Archive for April, 2008

Hot Air Balloon

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Random Hot Air BalloonThis was a pleasant surprise, I got up rather early the other morning. I was sitting at my desk and looked out the window. And this is what I saw. There was a hot air balloon floating by. I was a bit surprised, I have lived in this general area for several years and I don’t remember ever seeing a hot air balloon this far North.

What you need to keep in mind is that we live less than 5 miles from Lake Ontario. I don’t know that much about ballooning, but I would think that flying this close to the lake could be disastrous. If the wind shifts, you might find yourself over the water.


Feeding the Ducks

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

American CootWe decided to take our two year old daughter to feed the ducks this past Saturday. We live about five minutes from Lake Ontario, so there is a variety of water and wetlands in the area.

We figured we would be feeding them for a while, but it was pretty much a bust. The only ducks we found were out in the bay far beyond our reach. I even tried to lure them in with bread. I couldn’t even throw the bread out far enough for them to even notice it. So we drove around for a while trying everywhere in the area that was accessible within reason. The only ducks we did see were either out of reach or inaccessible.

We stopped at a small bridge on our way home and we saw a muskrat and this duck like creature. It took me a little while to actually figure out what is was. I tried searching for “black duck with a white bill”. What I found out was that this isn’t a duck at all, it’s an American Coot, a duck like water bird. I have been an outdoors man my entire life and I don’t ever remember seeing this wonderful bird before. I hope it sticks around for a while, I want to go back and take some more pictures.