Saturday, March 14, 2009

March 2009 Neighborhood Birds

This is a collection of bird pictures taken in my backyard and around the neighborhood. You will see stills and a number of videos of birds--feeding, flying, and singing.

Red Cardinal looking for seed in the snow storm
Red Robin perched in the tree--third wave of robins this season

White Breasted Nuthatch after grabbing some seed

Chickadee in the tree

Red Bellied Woodpecker on tree

A Great Blue Heron is stalking fish in my backdoor neighbors fish pond
A broad winged hawk seen on my morning walk. It flew into my next door neighbor's yard after I left it here (a half block away)
Another view of the hawk

A Red Cardinal decided to perch on my TV antenna twice in a few minutes, singing his heart out.

Tree frogs singing--no motion.

Downy Woodpecker eating some suet.

Downy woodpecker on a limb.

Cardinal enjoying some suet!

Goldfinch feeding.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

October 17 2008--Western Maryland Railroad Steam Engine Ride Cumberland, Md.

The town of Cumberland in western Maryland has both rail and water systems. Cumberland was the western terminus of the C &O Canal--which began in Washington DC. The C&O Canal was supposed to continue to the Ohio River, but the railroad arrived and overtook the canal business, stopping its growth. This steam engine train ran further west to Frostburg, Md., where the engine uncoupled and was turned around on a turntable, just long enough to rotate the train and point it back to Cumberland. Videos of the steam engine on the turntable are at the end of the blog. My mom and two sisters and I started from Springfield on a bus, travelled to Cumberland, toured the town, rode the train to Frostburg, had lunch in the train station, and returned to tour more of Cumberland before returning to Springfield.
Mule drawn barge used on the canalCumberland Train Station Old Factory in Town Steam Engine arriving at Train Station TTTravellers boarding the train
Departing the Train Station

Making progress up the Helmstettler Curve View from postal car
Engineer showing all steam and whistles
Locomotive on the turntable
Turntable in progress, counter-clockwise
Upcoming Octoberfest Event--sounds good to me