Irondequoit Bay

I stopped at a parking area on the south end of Irondequoit Bay yesterday morning (it was 20 degree F) to see what bird activity is going on down there and came across this sign:

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Hmmm, I’ve stopped at this parking area maybe 10 times and never noticed the sign before. I love history. In fact, a couple of weeks ago I generated a list of DBQ’s (document based questions) for Mike at OHA from a very old state map that showed Native American trails leading to this bay. There is one statement that bothers me about this sign though – the part about there not being a permanent effect on the destroyed Seneca Native American villages. The fact that I heard it recounted from Peter, a Seneca Native American of the Heron Clan, in a lecture on October 11, 2006 is one clue that tells me that it has had a permanent effect.
Hokay, I saw gulls all quiet on the water until they saw me and start flying towards me, kind of like Hitchcock’s The Birds:

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And two other unidentified birds mixed in with the gulls:2007-01-11 013

Then someone else drove right up behind where I was standing so I moved and couldn’t take a better photo of these two different birds. Stupid people – what were they disturbing *my* time for. I moved because I wasn’t sure why, in such a huge, empty parking area, they had to pull up right behind me. Here’s a ring billed gull all by itself – standing on the ultra-thin layer of ice?

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Here’s some geese:

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Here’s a shot from faraway of the Bay Bridge that I cross twice a day:

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Can’t really see it? Here I zoomed in on it:

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Because it is so far away, it looks like a bridge I would have built from an Erector set when I was a kid. I tried to get some good photos when I crossed over the Bay Bridge yesterday, but the camera wasn’t behaving as good as it should. So I’ll try again another day. Oh, and to get to the bottom of the bridge so I could show you how huge it really is would require me to turn right, turn left, turn upside-down and inside out – it isn’t easy getting down to the bay near the bridge from where I live! But you can count on it, I will someday – maybe this summer when it’s nice to go down the steep hill there.
Here’s some canoes waiting around for good weather – hmmm, I wonder how much it costs to rent one of those:2007-01-11 010

Further on down the south end of the bay were some ducks, but there wasn’t a parking area. They were giving me good butt shots, too. I would have loved to capture them for Mon@rch, but I didn’t! Maybe I’ll get them next time!

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mon@rch
    Jan 12, 2007 @ 00:21:32

    Not sure if I have ever made it to this area and didn’t know that it was a historic site! Sounds like a great place and maybe next time you can come across those ducks! Great job!

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  2. Pam
    Jan 12, 2007 @ 08:30:41

    Thanks Mon@rch! Me neither ’til yesterday. I just wish they would change the sign to get their facts straight about the Native Americans. Yup, I’ll try for the ducks and duck butts (for you) next time. And I’m not worrying about gull and geese id for now – had it up to my eyebrows with them for a while!

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  3. Mary
    Jan 12, 2007 @ 08:54:42

    Pam, I always look forward to seeing what you’ve been doing. Seems everyone is breaking out of the house lately because cabin fever is such a drag. The gull on ice is really good! All of your photos are wonderful and I wonder what camera you use?

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  4. Pam
    Jan 12, 2007 @ 09:05:58

    Mary – same here – I love to see what you find during your day! The other day I actually had spring fever – I felt it so bad I wanted to go dig in some dirt somewhere.
    OMG – you won’t believe the “old” camera I have – it’s a Canon PowerShot S1 IS 3.2 Mega Pixels, 10X Optical, 32X Digital (digital zoom I found out is bad to use). Sometimes it gets too smart for its’ own good – like yesterday when I wanted to capture photos of the bay and lake for you from the bay bridge – it hesitated for some reason. I’ll try again today!
    What kind of camera do you use? I’ve been looking at the cameras with more than double the pixels I have now. I can’t justify the cost right now – maybe an X-Mas present to myself this year!

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  5. Lynne
    Jan 12, 2007 @ 09:56:01

    Pam I really love this series of photos! I especially like the snowy contour of the land seen through the bare trees in the first one with the naked branches in the foreground. Too cool! The last picture with the colorful canoes popping out of the sepia tones is great too. I just love your blog- I ALWAYS learn something here!

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  6. Mary
    Jan 12, 2007 @ 11:14:57

    Pam, until Christmas arrived I was using a Sony CyberShot, 7 megapixels but with a small optical zoom (3 or 4x). It’s a nice little camera that fits nicely in a shirt pocket. Now I’m using a Kodak Easy Share, only 6.1 mp but has a 12x optical plus 4x digital zoom. It isn’t very expensive and not too complicated for a novice like me. It’s a nice step up, for now and I’m quite happy with it.

    Your Canon does a SPLENDID JOB with you being the operator.

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  7. Pam
    Jan 12, 2007 @ 12:29:23

    Thanks Lynne! I love the snowy contour of the land too! I was contemplating putting more photos of that in this series – I can save them for later. I’m glad you love my blog – I love yours too!

    Thanks Mary! Ohhh, nice, I love the Kodak Easy Share cameras – in fact that’s one of the ones I’m drooling over! My parents have a new point and shoot Easy Share camera and it takes great photos! The one I have available to me at work is probably something like yours (I don’t remember the specs) and that takes great photos, too.
    I’m happy for the most part with my Canon except when I command it to take a photo sometimes it whirls and thinks about it before doing it – especially when I’m driving! That’s why I never know what I’ll end up with. I have more dashboard photos!

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  8. Sandy
    Jan 12, 2007 @ 17:37:13

    I like the bird shots, but that colorful canoe photo is my favorite of the lot.
    So this is on your way to work?

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  9. Pam
    Jan 12, 2007 @ 19:03:32

    Hi Sandy – I thought the colorful canoe shot was perfect for this mostly brown winter! I was on my way to the gym, but normally I cross the Bay Bridge instead of going down to the south end of the bay. It was nice taking a side trip!

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  10. Susan Gets Native
    Jan 12, 2007 @ 22:18:57

    I LOVE it that you are going out to find “bird action”!

    Those brown gulls are juvenile ring-billed gulls. It’s always a good idea to scan a group of gulls, even if you think they are all just the ghetto-parking lot-ring-billeds. You might just get a Boneparte’s or some other cool gull.
    Colorful canoes…I’m dreaming of spring…
    I love all the history I learn here, Pam. Smart people are fun to listen to.

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  11. Pam
    Jan 13, 2007 @ 08:03:55

    Susan – it’s all your fault that I’m out there birding!!! Thanks for inspiring me in the first place!
    Oh no, I post dated my recent post before I rec’d your comment. Mon@rch thinks they’re Herring Gulls – what do you think? Herring or Ring-Billed Juvies?
    I’m dreaming of spring, too!
    I’m glad you love all of the history – I love reading / writing about history!

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  12. Berni
    Feb 25, 2007 @ 22:07:34

    Hello,

    I am wondering if you could help me identify a bird I saw at Irondequoit Bay today (2/25/07). I was at the small boat harbor near Sea Breeze. Someone had dumped a pile of corn near the docks and there were quite a few of the usual birds there. Swans, geese, ducks, pigeons, & of course seagulls. There were also another bird I had never seen before. It was short, black with a round body. It did not have webbed feet, but did fly to the water when startled. There were more than one, but I am not sure how many. I didn’t have my camera (darn) or I would have taken a picture of them.

    Thanks.

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  13. Pam
    Feb 26, 2007 @ 10:23:57

    Hi Bernie, Do you have any other field marks that would help identify it? It could be one of several birds. A photo would really help nail it down, but I’m sure you already know this!

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  14. Berni
    Feb 26, 2007 @ 11:27:21

    I wish I had more info, I will try to get a picture & post here. Thanks!

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