Today was rainy and not much fun out on the Point. With the wet weather, it was our coldest morning yet and, with our rain gear, it was the most layers we've had to wear to stay somewhat comfortable.
Allison came out and helped us. It was too wet and dark for video, but she was able to record some audio of us calling out, locating, identifying, and counting birds.
The afternoon session was incredibly boring and cold. We didn't have many birds and all three of us were glad to be finished. We invited Allison over to warm up and get some food in her before she headed back to the campground for the night.
Though Monday is usually a day off for us, this is Seth's anniversary weekend and he is taking an extra day off. Therefore, we offered to do the Monday count.
Linda & I were out on the Schoodic Point at 6:30. Allison joined us soon after that.
We had a big morning with our bird count, and then we went into Ellsworth. I needed to get a blood draw at the local hospital, and we needed to do some grocery shopping and pick up a couple of prescriptions at Walmart.
Back out on the peninsula, Allison texted us about getting us interviewed on video. It was too windy to do it outside, so we met her in the campus community room. We're looking forward to seeing her finished, short documentary.
We went out to the Point and got started. The local volunteers that come out on Monday joined us, so we had five sets of eyes to do our bird count.
We had almost 2,600 birds for the day.
Today, my goal was to get all our financials updated. I hadn't posted them since May. I finally got June, July, August, and September posted on our 2016 Expenses page.
We also posted our new Rally video on our 2017 RV-Dreams Educational Rally page. We're posting it here as well for anyone that is interested.
Thanks to Lee & Tracy Perkins at Open Road Video for putting that together for us.
We already have 120 people for the 2017 Spring Rally, and we will cut it off at about 170. We have no idea when, but it will definitely sell out. We'll be promoting it hard at the six RV shows we'll be doing in January and February (assuming it doesn't sell out before then).
We also have a new Workamping video that will be incorporating into our "Working On The Road" pages as soon as I update the new Workamper News memberships. They now have only two memberships - "Intro" and "Gold". The Intro membership is free, and the Gold membership is $47 per year. Of course, our Concierge Code - payn3619 - still works to get two months free if you are a first-time subscriber on the Gold membership.
We got in a good day of work on this "day off". :)
Today was a crazy bird counting day. Thank goodness Seth came out and joined us on the rocks.
We had by far our biggest day yet - over 4,400 birds. Whew! It was fast and furious. :)
Today was Northern Gannet day.
Though we counted "only" 1,700 birds today, we set a record for Northern Gannets. There are only six breeding colonies of these large birds in North America. They have a six-foot wingspan, spend most of their life at sea, and plunge dive like torpedoes reaching depths of up to 70 feet while feeding on fish and squid. Today, with a cloud of mist and fog out in our usual visibility range, they were flying close to shore and we were treated to great looks including a few that were diving.
In fact, almost all of our birds today flew closer to shore today, so it was nice to get better looks through the scope and binoculars.
This morning was in the 40s when we arrived at Schoodic Point. It was a clear morning as the sun came up and turned the clouds pink over this morning's cruise ship arrival.
On our trip to Walmart the other day, we bought all the hand warmers they had. So with those, and our many layers, we were prepared for the chilly day.
This morning around 7:30, the Schoodic campus hostess, who also greets visitors at Rockefeller Hall, came out to do a little birdwatching before her shift. She has been out a few times so she has an idea of what to tell guests about the SeaWatch program.
She got good looks at Northern Gannets and our curious Gray Seal, which Linda has named "Sammy", visited.
There was a stiff breeze this morning and it was really cold. When I stepped out of our sheltered area to take some photos, ....
I thought I was going to freeze. But these two artists didn't seem to mind.
We see painters on Schoodic Peninsula all the time, but this week there are 60 staying on the Schoodic Institute campus as part of a 10-day program. They are here to paint landscapes and fall foliage. The trees look to be in full color over on Cadillac Mountain.
After making a few phone calls from our Jeep, since the phone signal is much better on the point than it is at our rig, we headed home to warm up. We will be in Louisville starting the second week of November, so we are making appointments with our doctors and dentist for annual check-ups.
It warmed up nicely through the afternoon, and the wind calmed. It was pleasant out on the Point for today's second bird counting session, but the bird activity was really slow. We had over 1,400 birds for the day, but less than 100 in the afternoon.
While we were there, we got a visit from Thomas, Lourdes, and their son, Charles (who is home-schooled). They found our website a few months ago and are on an RV trip from Florida. They gave us a bag of granola bars, had some very kind words for us, and we had a very nice conversation. I snapped a pic of them while they were exploring the rocks below us.
We made it through our two-hour, slow afternoon session. We can now watch the sunset from our counting spot, and I took the opportunity to walk down the rocks and get a shot before we called it a day.
And thus ended another day counting migrating waterbirds out on Schoodic Point. Even the slow days have rewards. :)
Back home, Linda had a pot of chili in the crockpot. After dinner, I went out and disconnected our fresh water hose. I had filled our fresh water tank a couple of days ago anticipating some freezing temperatures and the possibility they might shut off our water before we leave. There was a freeze warning tonight, so we didn't want to take any chances on our hose and exterior fixtures freezing.
Once that was done, I settled in for the Louisville vs. Duke football game. My Cardinals didn't play very well, but managed to come up with a victory. It was a nice end to the week.
Well, that's it for now. Enjoy your weekend! :)