We’re so NOT on a roll today. Only those damned Mute Swans. Unproductive is what Ray, the bird guru, pronounces, as we step over the roots and rocks just beyond the White Memorial Foundations’ Little Pond Boardwalk* in Litchfield, CT. We yammer quietly about lunch, until we hear a nasal yammering (akin to ours, as a matter of fact) and freeze, letting our brains tell our eyes what they’re seeing.* Suddenly we spy movement in a small spruce stand. And there, wandering up, down, and sideways over the bark, briefly pausing to give a stare with its bold black-and-white face, is a Red-breasted Nuthatch-rufous undersides, slate upper parts–talking softly to its hitherto hidden buddy. And a day we’d rued was saved! Thence we went to The Ripe Tomato** for our Belly C. Moes- thinly sliced prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, sharp provolone, tomato, fresh basil,salad greens, red onion, black olives and homemade garlic mayo all served up on a buttered and grilled Portuguese roll! Story, er joke-story: When does being so NOT on a roll, become a roll, as in we’re on a roll now? When you’re humming down said Belly C. Moe and you go from 0 birds to Red-breasted Nuthatches!
White Memorial Foundations’ Boardwalk Trail around Little Pond in Litchfield, CT. This is a great way to enjoy walking through the wetland without getting your feet wet. The trail is a 1.6 mile loop. Parking area by the side of Whites Woods Rd.
We Birds Need to Eat Two #2 Wherein I use 200 words exactly to tell a story, describe a yummy lunch, and extol the virtue of one of our avian friends. Call it: The Rolls, Red-Breasted, and Ripe 200-word Set Piece
**The Ripe Tomato Deli’s food keeps the promise of its menu’s prologue: “Featuring our signature hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and other madly tasty tidbits.” I’d shout out the “madly tasty.” (Find it at: 392 Torrington Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759; 860-567-8002