Sunday, April 30, 2006

The First 31 Birds - Because I keep forgetting what we've got! ;)

These are the birds we have seen since January 23, 2006 when we began our list.

  1. American Crow
  2. American Goldfinch
  3. American Robin
  4. Black Vulture
  5. Black-capped Chickadee
  6. Blue Jay
  7. Brown-headed Cowbird
  8. Canadian Goose
  9. Cardinal
  10. Cedar Wax-wing
  11. Common Grackle
  12. Common Loon
  13. Dark-eyed Junko
  14. Double Crested Cormorant
  15. Downy Woodpecker
  16. Eastern Bluebird
  17. European Starling
  18. Great Blue Heron
  19. House Finch
  20. House Sparrow
  21. Mallard Duck
  22. Mocking Bird
  23. Mourning Dove
  24. Red-tailed Hawk
  25. Ring-billed Gull
  26. Rock Pigeon
  27. Snow Goose
  28. Song Sparrow
  29. Turkey Vulture
  30. White-breasted Nuthatch
  31. White-throated Sparrow

Bird List Update

04-30-06 - The pond at The Washingtonian Center
  • Snow Goose

  • Total: 31/60

    We also saw another double crested cormorant.

    Thursday, April 27, 2006

    Bird List Update

    04-27-06 - Along the Potomac River
  • Double Crested Cormorant - Belle Haven Park
  • Common Loon - White's Ferry

  • Total: 30/60

    Monday, April 24, 2006

    Bible Bowl 2006 - North American Division Level

    With many answered prayers and the constant care and protection of God, the Triadelphia Sparks came home with a first place win after the North American Division Level Bible Achievement event!

    Thursday evening we got to the Rockville train station in plenty of time. The kids had fun practicing and watching the freight trains go by.

    We enjoyed a lovely supper in the diner car while we watched the Potomac River rushing past the window.

    We arrived in South Bend Friday morning and the children were able to spend most of the day enjoying Clear Lake.

    Sabbath morning we discovered that several of the kids, including William, had gotten very sick during the night. We kept the sick ones home from church and let them rest until the last possible minute. At 2:00pm William was finally able to get a little sleep, but by this time we needed to wake him up so that we could get him to the church by 3:00pm.

    Beth and Samantha, whose tummies were queasy partook of a very light lunch before departing for the church.

    We arrived at the church in time for the event, and the children who were sick were given positions where they could lean against the end of the pew or lie down.

    Jackie receiving the first place certificate.

    We were not able to stay for the group photos because the event got such a late start and we needed to catch our train back to Maryland. We made it in plenty of time however and gratefully collapsed in our seats to rest.

    Sunday morning we discovered that it had rained quite heavily during the night and a portion of track had been washed away. There was talk of having all of the passengers bussed to their destinations, but it was finally decided that they would run a freight train over the furthest track from the washout and if it was safe they would let our train proceed. We were eventually cleared to proceed, and we inched our way at 5 to 10 mph toward Washington. When we finally came in view of the river we could better understood the need for concern. The river was significantly higher than it had been just three days before.

    We were beginning to think that when the train company said that some gravel had washed out from under the tracks they had ment just a little bit. But, we rounded a corner and slowed to a crawl and we beheld out the window one entire track out over the water. There was nothing beneath it but air. The railroad ties, most of which had fallen into the river, were dangling from the sagging rails. Of course I had put my camera away, and by the time I got it out we had moved past the damage. I took this picture as soon as my camera was out, and you can see that we were on the third track from the water. The closest one to the water was the one that had been washed out.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2006

    Bird List Update

    04-10-06 - At Monocacy Battlefield
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Eastern Bluebird

  • Total: 28/60

    Monday, April 10, 2006

    Monocacy Battlefield

    Today we visited the location of the "Battle That Saved Washington," Monocacy National Battlefield. The Confederates may have won the battle, but it distracted them long enough for the Union troops to position themselves to protect Washington.

    William and Beth hiking the battlefield path at Gambrill's Mill.

    The location of the Monocacy Junction railroad bridge which had been fought over. Map

    The Monocacy River at Gambrill Mill, near the battlefield.

    Thursday, April 06, 2006

    Bible Bowl 2006 - Union Level

    Our team really out did themselves this time. They missed very few questions and achieved another first place finish. We are off to Michigan for the North American Division event in a couple of weeks.

    The Triadelphia Sparks (Back row: Bobby and Jackie Berglund, Front row: Samantha Paul, William and Beth Ashton, Melinda Paul)

    All seven teams that participated at this level.