Saturday, November 12, 2011

VACATION ~ THE HIGHLIGHTS

All ready for the kids on Halloween!

Rob and I had a week off last week. Though we didn't go away, we kept pretty busy, here's the rundown.

Friday
night I met a girlfriend after work and we checked out a new restaurant in Bloor West Village, Earth. I have to go back a second time to give an honest opinion, as some of it was really good, and some not so much. I believe in second chances, and this place will get one.

Saturday we did some local birding and I finally got to see a bird that Rob had seen last Fall for the first time, a Hooded Merganser. Saturday night we met our friends Jim and Lynda for dinner at Lucy's to celebrate Lynda's birthday.

A male Hooded Merganser.


Sunday we drove over towards Bellville to check out Presqu'ile Provincial Park. We had never been there before and enjoyed our visit. We will return there during migration and maybe during the winter, when owls are known to be there.

The lighthouse at Presqu'ile Provincial Park.

Monday was Halloween and we stayed home for the day. Halloween is always a good time on our street, for the kids as well as the adults. If the weather is good, and it was, it turns into a bit of a street party. It was great to have friends Juantia and Carrie join us too.

Angie the Pyscho clown!

Tuesday was a day of rest, much needed rest, from the Halloween festivities.

Moonie helping with the Halloween Hangover.

Wednesday we drove over bright and early to spend the day at The Ruthven Bird Banding station. Rob was thrilled when he got to band and release an Eastern Bluebird.

Getting ready to release a Chickadee after he was banded.


Thursday we went to the Kortright Centre, where the Canadian Peregrine Foundation's barn for their educational birds reside. We had a good visit with Frank, who we hadn't seen in a while and were also treated to a visit from a Northern Shrike.

A Northern Shrike at the Kortright Centre.

The highlight of Friday for me was trying a great new oyster restuarant!! Jake's Grill and Oyster House is in Burlington, and we went on our way back from birding in Hamilton. A co-worker of Rob's told him about it. We really enjoyed it, and already made plans to return.

A dory full of oyster shells outside of Jake's


Oysters!


Rob getting ready to enjoy some calamari.


Saturday was a lazy day at home for me, while Rob did yard work, followed by an evening of laughs at Brian and Amanda's.

Sunday we enjoyed the "Raptor Encounter" at Mountsberg Conservation Area for the 4th time. Even though we enjoyed it very much, our hearts were a little heavy at learning the news the day before, that "Teddy", a Barred Owl there had passed away in September. She had been a favorite of ours.

Holding "Bean", a Kestrel, for the first time.

Teddy, the Barred Owl, that resided at Mountsberg was a favorite of ours and will be greatly missed.


All in all it was a pretty good and much needed week off.

2 comments:

Teena in Toronto said...

Sounds like a fabulous vacation, Angie!

Rob said...

I can't figure where you light up more in the eyes... holding them Oysters or having a Chickadee in your hand.