I believe we have babies. !!!!!!!!!
Also,Â here is a link to a YouTube video clip showing a little of what might be going on up in the osprey nest.
He’s a real fixture around Ocean’s Reach.
Post your comment with his first and last name AND the name of the company he represents. The first person to post a comment with the correct answers will win a FREE OCEAN’S REACH BEACH TOWEL that will await their next arrival.
Check back to the blog on Saturday for the correct answer and more about our mystery man at Ocean’s Reach!
Recently this photo taken by Dru Anne Doyle, popped up in front of me and all I could think of was the wonderful book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” which was written by Richard Bach and published in 1970. More often than not we all see a group of gulls, or any birds, as a flock and not as individuals. After reading this book, I have ceased to look at any group as one. We are all individuals, even the gulls.
I know the story has been around for years and I am sure that many of you are familiar with it, but something about the story has always stuck with me and even today as I walked through the cold parking lot of Walmart in Northern Indiana, hearing a gull call above, I looked up and questioned in my mind, “Is that you Jonathan”?
In case you have never taken the time to read a story about a seagull who learns to fly, really fly, soaring above all the rest, I would urge you to do so. It is a relatively short book, only 93 pages, and such a totally unique and delightful adventure about freedom, flight and seeking a higher purpose in life. If perhaps you are a person that occasionally likes to make your own rules when you are convinced you are right, or someone who gets extreme pleasure out of doing something well, even if it is just for yourself, then I am sure you will find yourself soaring with Jonathan on his journey. He wants to learn to fly better than any other gull and chooses to go against his flock to follow his dream of being more than just ordinary.
We all have dreams, but few of us take the time to pursue them as Jonathan does in his story. The freedom of flight has been a dream of man for all time, and Jonathan takes us a little closer.
If anyone out there would like to read this book, I happened to find a place online where you can read the complete book for free, although it is still in print and could probably be found at the Sanibel Book Shop on Periwinkle.
It was also just released to DVD in 2007. If this type of read is not your style, at least take the time to look for the individual in the flock (or anywhere you look). It is well worth the look.
Lisa Sherburne has been shelling on Sanibel Island since she was just six years old. This was her first junonia. She found it out in front of Ocean’s Reach condos at 9:30 pm, at low tide. Lisa acquired her shelling interest from her dad, Sam Bumgarner and her paternal grandmother, Lucile Bumgarner. Since marrying Lisa, Brad, her husband has caught the shelling bug and has become an avid and dedicated sheller as well. He found two pretty cones shelling the same night. They have a lovely collection in their home in Iowa.
Winter visitors to Ocean’s Reach enjoy many activities. Among them is a ladies golf group, that has been active for 10 years. Each Wednesday the ladies depart in several vehicles to head off island to the golf course. Along with Ocean’s Reach ladies, there are friends of the ladies from off island who join the group as well. Play is at Myerlee Country Club with an 8:30 shotgun. Each week the lady with the fewest putts wins the “pot” which consists of a dollar contributed by each participant. The highlight of the day is lunch where the discussion runs from golf to grandchildren and many of the worlds problems are solved at this gathering. Anyone interested in being a part of this fun group can notify the office who will in turn let Mary Ellen Paulson know. She is the group leader and handles scheduling duties, vehicle assignments and pairings. It is always a fun day with many laughs and definitely many fond memories. A good time is had by all!!
Bill Kinsman and his family would like to share with all a very true and beautiful love story that began at Ocean’s Reach.
The Marriage That Resulted From Our License Plate.
Bill KinsmanÂ Â Â Â March 4, 2009,
Some ten years ago, about Valentineâ€™s Day, 1999, we used to park our car right across from the Office at Oceanâ€™s Reach.Â This is a story about our license plate, or actually the frame or surround around our license plate, which anyone could see as they walked toward the Oceanâ€™s Reach office.Â Â It was a young nurse from Boston, Diane Lauer, who took special note of our license plate.Â The frame read, â€śFriendly Motors, Penn Yan, NY.â€ťÂ Now Penn Yan is an interesting name.Â It is not Chinese.Â It was created when a group of area farmers, who referred to themselves as Pennsylvania Yankees, named their town â€śPenn Yan.â€ť
Getting back to our young friend, Diane Lauer, it seems that Diane had been brought up in Penn Yan.Â Not too many people are.Â Diane got quite curious as to who might be here from Penn Yan.Â Finally she ran into my sister, Mary Monroe, at our swimming pool.Â Mary and Diane talked about Penn Yan for some time, because Mary had always spent her summers in the Penn Yan area.Â Diane impressed Mary most favorably.Â Finally Mary asked if she might send Dianeâ€™s Email address to her unmarried son, Robert Monroe, who lived in Washington.Â Diane said, â€śCertainly,â€ť and eventually Rob did Email Diane, and messages went back and forth, and photos went back and forth, and they met and became engaged.Â Rob asked his employer for a transfer from Washington to Boston.Â The transfer was arranged.
We attended their beautiful wedding in a pretty garden in Concord, MA, on June 24, 2000.Â I can still picture the newlyweds cutting their wedding cake.Â The tiered layer cake was covered with white frosting, decorated with strawberries and blueberries and raspberries!
Diane and Rob are such a nice couple!Â We thank Oceanâ€™s Reach for helping them find each other, and for finding us such a wonderful niece.
Alas–arrival on Sanibel. After counting the days, our guests have deplaned. The moment their vacation starts is when they sniff the warm, still, damp air walking out the airport doors.
Forty-five minutes later after baggage claim and rental car pick up—over the causeway they come. Leave your cares and woes behind at the toll booth (and the $6 fee). It costs $6 to get onto the island but so worth it. So plan carefully. If you want to stop for groceries or supplies ahead of arriving at Ocean’s Reach, there are many Publix grocery stores, a Walmart, Lowes, CVS and Walgreens along the way.
If you make these stops before the tollway, your car is now really full. Don’t leave the kids behind!!
If not, Baileys and Jerry’s are two full service grocery stores on Sanibel Island. They also deliver and stock your condo for you with groceries and beverages. Life is a breeze–especially for your late night arrivals. A midnight snack or light breakfast in the morning is waiting for you on your schedule.
Finally when you arrive home at Ocean’s Reach, it can take hours or minutes to get settled in your cozy beachfront condominium depending on how fast and organized you are. Ocean’s Reach has luggage carts, shopping carts, ramps, small steps and elevators to help you make your way.
A recent trend is shipping ahead your clothing and supplies. Our guests just might find their shipped boxes waiting for them in their condo when they arrive!! Just another bonus to having on-site Guest Services!
Another trend is reserving bicycles and beach umbrellas ahead of arrival through Guest Services. Your bicycle order will be conveniently parked in your assigned parking space upon your arrival. All set. Ready. Go.
Most importantly, all condos are fully equipped for your enjoyable stay. A starter package of paper items, detergent, soap and more is provided in your condo. A washer and dryer is provided in every condo for recycling your beachwalking clothes and bathing suits.
Remember that you are on vacation. Keep it simple. That’s the way life is on the beach at Ocean’s Reach.
Dru Anne Doyle
Ocean’s Reach Condominiums Resort
Dave Herrick, MA
We would like to introduce you to a few Ocean’s Reach guests that are not always front and center.
The Great White Heron is one of the larger breeds of Herons and because they are so long legged, they are able to wade into deeper waters to feed. This give them the advantage of having certain feeding areas all to themselves. They locate their food by sight, usually swallowing it whole, and have been know to choke on their food occasionally. Using their long bill to spear fish and frogs, they feed both during the night and during the day.
The Blu-winged Teal is a small, beautiful duck that is quite speedy when flying. It is considered a dabbling duck, which is one that tips into the water to feed, but the Blue-winged Teal is slightly different. They skim the surface of the water instead, looking for small insects and plant matter.
Sanibel Island birds are plentiful and Ocean’s Reach is lucky to have so many species to view. The Great White Heron and the the Blue-winged Teals are at home in our pond behind the Osprey’s nest. Be sure to take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy a few of Mother Nature’s most beautiful creatures.
A hallmark of Ocean’s Reach is its spotless condition when guests arrive and also the use of all green cleaning materials.
Below are couple of pictures to introduce all of our Owners and Guests to the person responsible for taking care of the cleanliness of the grounds and the interiors of our units. Lorena, who is our supervisor of housekeeping, is also pictured with her six year old daughter Jennifer.
Lorena is much appreciated for her hard word and dedication to Ocean’s Reach and our guests, making sure that every condo is inspected and prepared for arrivals.
Owner Ann Bumgarner, who has been avidly watching the first pair of Ospreys at Ocean’s Reach, has also been keeping a record of what is happening on the nest. Ann started her observations and records on the 12th of January, 2009 and is going to share with us. Part of her daily log follows. As you will read, the residents of the nest are very busy and attentive.
Osprey Nest Observations
9:15 am Nest empty
9:45 One perched outside nest
11:20 Nest empty
7:30 am One in nest
8:00 Two in nest, one flying around
9:06 Two in nest
11:00 One in nest, one flying toward gulf
12:10 One perched outside nest
1:24pm Nest empty, one in tree
7:30 am Two in nest
8:56 am One in nest
9:00 am Two flying around
7:30 am One on top of the other â€“ mating??
9:45 One on top of the other
11:30 Female on nest
12:00 Nest empty
7:15 am One perched outside nest
8:00 am Nest empty
3:00 pm Two perched outside nest
5:30 One perched outside nest
7:00 am Both on nest
7:30 Nest empty
9:00 One on nest
3:50 pm One on nest
8:00 am Nest empty
9:30 One on nest
7:40 am One on nest
11:00 Nest empty
2:30 pm One on nest
4:15 One on nest
8:45 am One on nest
9:40 Two on nest
7:30 am Nest empty
12:00 One on nest
7:00 am One on nest
8:30 Two on nest
3:30 pm One on nest
6:45 am Both flew off nest
|From Drop Box|
Another Cool fact:
“The Osprey readily builds its nest on manmade
structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Such platforms have become an important tool in reestablishing Ospreys in areas where they had disappeared. In some areas nests are placed almost exclusively on artificial structures. Ospreys usually mate for life and can reach the age of as much as 25 years.”