Month: July 2013

Greetings from Maine

Despite requests, I really don’t have my heart into taking photos of the shaved pups.  It’s something I would just as soon forget.  I will say, after a week, they are starting to get at least a little fur.

The biggest problem was Natasha – she ended up with razor burn on her hiney that was very uncomfortable for her.  Not only was she itching like crazy, she was a little psycho because she was convinced something was biting her by her tail.  Fortunately, I got her into the local vet and he gave her some medicine.  It still took about a week to clear up, but she is much better now.  Lesson learned – new groomers will be interviewed very carefully with very specific instructions.

 

A couple snaps with the iPhone:

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Since her trauma, Natasha has decided she must always sit or sleep right next to someone – even Stitch!

Mainely Seals

All is well here – internet has been flakey, but we think they fixed it yesterday.  We had a bit of a disaster at the dog groomers earlier in the week – it was a new groomer and she shaved them both!!!  We wouldn’t have minded a shorter cut, but this was extreme.  Oh well – it will grow back, and it’s better for them with respect to heat and tick prevention.  I can’t post any photos until at least a little bit of fur grows back 🙁

On to a happier subject, Kathy sent some photos she and Steve took on the Puffin Tour.  On the way back from the Puffins, we passed North Rock, which is home to a large number of seals.  I’m glad they took some pics, cause I was napping at that point.

 

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Mainely Puffins – Part 3

More puffin photos coming.  But first, we have to tell you about our celebrity meeting tonight.  We attended the monthly community potluck (there’s a lot of social activity here!), and we met a nice young man named Jeff, whose Grandmother was hosting the potluck.  Turns out, he is working with explore.org – the same website that Sarah mentioned in her comment yesterday.  And, he is in charge of the bird cameras on the website, including the Puffin Burrow on Seal Island.  This is not the same place we went to (Machias Seal Island), but the burrows look identical.

OK – onto our continuing story on our Puffin Tour.  Once we were on the island, we were given some instructions, then split into groups of 3-4 people.  Each group was taken to a blind where we could open a little window and be very close to the birds.  Steve & I went to one area, and Lou & Kathy to another.  It was amazing how close we were.

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The following photos are Lou’s.  You’ll see puffins and razorbills – both from the Auk family.  The razorbills are very black, and look a lot like little penguins.  Some of the Puffins have gray cheeks – I think this is because they are younger, but have to check for sure.

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The only difference between Lou’s photos and mine is that he and Kathy were closer to the ocean, so had a better view of the water.  Plus, by separating them, it gives me an excuse to add more cute puffin photos tomorrow.  Maybe Kathy & Steve will share some as well!

 

 

Mainely Puffins – Part 2

We had to call in on Wednesday evening to see what time the Puffin Tour was leaving – usually between 7 to 8am.  Good News!  We weren’t leaving until 9am.  It was a 35 minute drive to Cutler from Steve and Kathy’s so that was good.  We were going to see the puffins on Machias Seal Island.

Everyone was up and ready to go by 8am, so we hopped in the car for the drive.  We found the small town of Cutler, and a place to park at the boat ramp.  This is a small lobstering/fishing harbor, so no fancy docks.  The photos I’ll be showing are a combination of those taken by LJD & SMD.  Our tour was with Captain Andrew Patterson of Bold Coast Charters – he has one of the few permits allowing him to bring passengers to land on Machias Seal Island.

We were hoping this wasn't our tour boat ...

We were hoping this wasn’t our tour boat …

 

Shortly after 9am, Captain Andy came up to the boat ramp in the skiff, and we loaded up to get on the bigger boat.

Shortly after 9am, Captain Andy came up to the boat ramp in the skiff, and we loaded up to get on the bigger boat.

 

There were about 15 adults and 5 kids on the tour, but it was comfortable on the boat

There were about 15 adults and 5 kids on the tour, but it was comfortable on the boat

 

A view of Cutler as we leave the harbor.

A view of Cutler as we leave the harbor.

 

We saw a bald eagle in a tree, and it took off as we went past - reminded us of Alaska.

We saw a bald eagle in a tree, and it took off as we went past – reminded us of Alaska.

 

We passed Little River Lighthouse at the end of the harbor.

We passed Little River Lighthouse at the end of the harbor.

 

It would take about 50 minutes to travel 9 miles to Machias Seal Island.  The water was rolling, but it wasn’t too uncomfortable.  And, it wasn’t hot out on the water!  Once we got close to the island, we started to see birds in the water – lots of birds.  It was hard to get photos, because the boat was rocking.

The Light House on Machias Seal Island.

The Light House on Machias Seal Island.

 

A bunch of birds in the water - definitely some puffins and other birds.

A bunch of birds in the water – definitely some puffins and other birds.

 

Yep, definitely puffins

Yep, definitely puffins

 

A close up of a pair of puffins.  These are Atlantic Common Puffins.

A close up of a pair of puffins. These are Atlantic Puffins, also called Common Puffins.

 

It looks like the puffins are running when they start to fly or land

It looks like the puffins are running when they start to fly or land.

 

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Taking off …

 

More cute puffins

More cute puffins

 

Not sure whether this one is coming or going?

Not sure whether this one is coming or going?

 

It's a Bird...it's a Plane...It's SuperPuffin ...

It’s a Bird…it’s a Plane…It’s SuperPuffin …

 

Watching the puffins in the water was fun, but because the boat was bouncing, it was tiring trying to get a good photo.  Fortunately, we had signed up for the landing part of the tour.  We boarded another small boat and were taken to the island.

The first group heads to the island.  Not everyone got off the boat, as there was an extra charge for the land portion.

The first group heads to the island. Not everyone got off the boat, as there was an extra charge for the land portion.

Lou captures a photo of the skiff and our tour boat in the background.

Lou captures a photo of the skiff and our tour boat in the background.

 

Once on the island, we could see lots of birds out on the rocks, but they were still far away.

Once on the island, we could see lots of birds out on the rocks, but they were still far away.

 

Tune in tomorrow, to see how close we get to the puffins, and to learn about some of the other birds we saw on the island.

Mainely Puffins – Part 1

We left our house in Northport yesterday to drive to Machiasport to see Kathy & Steve.  Natasha and Stitch went to the Country Club for a couple of nights.  Fortunately, the weather cooled off nicely yesterday, and it was nice to get back to the regular Maine summer weather.

We had a Puffin Tour scheduled for today –  check back tomorrow to see how that went.

We made it to Kathy and Steve's by 4pm

We made it to Kathy and Steve’s by 4pm

 

Some of Kathy's flowers

Some of Kathy’s flowers

 

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Yellow Flowers

 

Kathy's lettuce

Kathy’s lettuce

 

Lou's favorite - zuccini

Lou’s favorite – zucchini

 

Kathy & Steve took us to dinner at a great restaurant.

Kathy & Steve took us to dinner at a great restaurant.

 

Delicious Halibut - with crab, shrimp, lobster, and a delicious dill/blue cheese sauce.

Delicious Halibut – with crab, shrimp, lobster, and a delicious dill/blue cheese sauce.