Early Morning Saturday (Page Five)
Paul and Bob were to meet at 6:00 AM for our traditional breakfast #1 prior to golf. However, a vote was taken and we decided Bob needed his beauty sleep. So, Paul, all by himself wondered the streets of Avalon capturing the moment and thought about the Waffle House!
It was still a tad dark and the hotel had its lights on!
There was a light fog hovering around the mountains
Not a single sole, except Paul, was out and about!
The room was quiet... Sue must have stayed asleep
The lobby did not have coffee until 7:00 AM
It was set up for the morning breakfast buffet!
Did You Know? - The verb form of "stroll" may have originated from a c.1600 Cant word. This word may have been derived from the German word strollen, which in itself is a derivative of the German word strolchen, which means "to roam, travel about aimlessly, drift, rove." The German noun strolch refers to any sort of vagabond or rogue.
Love the play on words!
Even the hamburger joint was empty!
5:12 AM and all is well!
Not even the sound of a golf cart this morning
Did You Know? - Lloyd’s of Avalon Confectionery has been making its world renowned salt water taffy, fantastic caramel apples, perfect peanut brittle, creamy fudge and scrumptious chocolates in the window on Crescent Avenue in Avalon, Catalina Island since 1934.
Maiden Lane was empty
Need a nick knack to take home?
False advertising... Should have said "Dinner and a BAD movie"
Still not a sound except the occasional squawking bird!
Gone out of business... Our wine and sushi bar...
This was always our final stop before boarding the boat home!
We were up at Mt. Ada last night!
Where is Bob when I need him...
The pier was also empty...
Paul did NOT feed the birds...
Why in the world would people be on the plants in the first place?
The little boat was the first sign of life this morning!
Not a single person!
Watching over the town...
The beach's just received a load of new sand! Looked pretty good!
Maggie's Blue Rose... Great Mexican meals
Little did we know that we would end up there this evening for desserts
Her husband, Steve, operates the steakhouse up-stairs
The morning stroll was all of a sudden interrupted by Mr. Bird
The crow was not friendly
Crow to tower, beginning takeoff!
"Feet up... Proceeding to 50 feet for bombing run!"
Did You Know The Birds Are Either Black Birds Or Ravens!
Big Black Birds on the Island – Santa Catalina Island is a haven for ravens and also supports a population of crows. Occasionally, one of these species of big black birds is confused for the other. However, ravens and crows are just plain genetically different.
Crows and ravens are both darkly adorned with glossy feathers and, at first glance, look very similar. But to the trained eye, telling one species from the other can be done reliably. Here are a few basics that help tell the difference.
Size Matters: Crows are smaller than ravens -- usually quite a bit smaller. If a raven and a crow happen to be perched next to each other, then the smaller one is the crow. Ravens can be as large as a red-tailed hawk, which can be a foot and a half from crown to tail and have a wingspan of four feet. That’s handy information, since you’ll often see ravens flying with red-tails. So, when you have another species with which to compare them, size is a useful tool.
The View from Close-up: When a bird is perched or flying alone, size isn’t nearly as reliable. From a distance, birds can appear closer or farther away than they really are, making it tough to calculate their actual size. If you see the bird up close, you can better judge its size. Ravens are not just bigger than crows, they’re also a little stouter. The bills of ravens are large and prominent, and these birds sometimes show a set of shaggy throat feathers that crows lack.
Silhouettes Against the Sky: The best field mark for telling apart ravens from crows in flight is their silhouettes. Look at the below images and follow this bit of thinking: When crows glide along, their tail feathers look square, as in the left image. When crows or ravens are in a banking maneuver, they fan their tails -- and both look the same, as in the center image. But when your bird in flight shows a diamond- or V-shaped tail, as in the right image, that is a raven. If you watch your bird in flight, you'll sooner or later get the look you need to make the right call. Incidentally, those looping, upside-down aerobatics that you sometimes see performed by big black birds are something that ravens do, but crows do not. Ravens just seem to really love playing in the air.
No Caws for Alarm: Crows make the familiar "Caw!-caw!" sound and also have a repertoire of relatively thin rattles and clicks. The most familiar call of a raven is deep and rich, and has been described as a reverberating croaking sound -- something like, "Gronk!-gronk!" Ravens also croon some deep, smooth tones that can best be described as “liquid.”
City Birds, Country Birds: On Catalina, location helps a bit in differentiating ravens from crows. As a general rule, if you’re out in Catalina’s wildlands, you’re much more likely to see ravens than crows. In Avalon, you’ll readily see both crows and ravens. In Avalon, your chances of comparing a crow to a raven, side by side, are much better, since the two species often interact in town. Spending a little time in upper Avalon Canyon, where both species tend to loiter, should give you a chance to compare, contrast and hone your ID skills.
Getting Good: Once you get the hang of combining the field marks from above with the sounds, size, and urban or rustic tendencies of these big black birds in your neighborhood or elsewhere, you’ll become practiced at your corvid ID. The key is to practice. Take a minute whenever you see a big, dark, glossy bird and work at identifying it. With a little practice, it will come naturally.
Been walking for about 40 minutes so far...
No umbrellas needed today!
They were working on it yesterday! Open for business today
Nice new sand looks good
Home sweet home AND the breakfast bar is open!