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Sailing Day!

Chautauqua, NY

semi-overcast 78 °F

Today was my first completely-free day here since I arrived, and I took advantage of it by going sailing with a local sailor & airplane pilot, Mr. Wolfe! Two of my friends, Shan & Mathieu joined me and we had an absolute blast learning the basics of sailing. I did not bring my camera in fear of getting it wet, so iphone photos will once again have to suffice for the day. It was a beautiful day to be sailing:
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Right by the boat launch, there is a huge structure built for PURPLE MARTINS. Every cavity seemed to have an active nest!
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RING-BILLED GULLS such as these are a common sight here at Lake Chautauqua. While sailing further out onto the lake, I also spotted a few of their relatives, CASPIAN TERNS, flying about and hunting around.
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And before we went for a brief swim & ice cream stop, we stopped to play with this joyful 5-year old Golden Retriever.
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Bird-of-the-day to the Purple Martins with runner-up to the Caspian Terns. Not a whole lot to choose from bird-wise, but it was still a wonderful day out with friends!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 971 Species

Posted by skwclar 15:13 Archived in USA

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