Pickering Beach, Dover DE

Kelley NunnRecovery Big Year

Red Knot (with Laughing Gulls, Ruddy Turnstone, Dunlin, and Semipalmated Sandpipers) at Port Mahon Road

Pickering Beach, Dover DE In all my years of living just over an hour from the Delaware Bayshore, I had never witnessed the spring shorebird migration spectacle. As you can see in my post about my goals for my big year, two of the species on my hit list were Red Knot and Ruddy Turnstone. Thanks to some excellent advice from Anthony Gonzon who suggested Port Mahon Road as the closest place to get a good look at these species, Hannah Greenberg and I headed down to Dover, DE. We drove straight down Route 1 and were ready to turn … Read More

2015 Recovery Big Year – Purpose & Goals

Kelley NunnRecovery Big Year

Yellow-rumped Warbler at Longwood Gardens

Today, May 15th, marks a personally meaningful recovery milestone. A year ago today, I transitioned from being independent– being able to drive myself around, work, etc.– to being bed-ridden. At the time, I didn’t know what was wrong, or if I would ever get better. As the 15th of every month passed by, and it became 2..5..8..10 months in bed, I hoped that by May 15th of 2015 I would be feeling better. Now, I am far from bed-ridden. I can go on bird walks, walk 10,000+ steps per day, drive 45+ minutes (and at night), and more. I have to say, it is an incredible relief. In honor of this milestone, I wanted to post the purpose and goals of my 2015 Recovery Big Year: … Read More

Oven-baked Crispy & Tender Chicken Thighs

Kelley NunnDinner, Recipes

Oven-baked Crispy Chicken Thighs

These chicken thighs are easy to make and are very tasty! This recipe is a go-to dinner time option in our family, and goes great with roasted red potatoes and broccoli. We usually buy two packages of chicken thighs from the grocery store and cook all of them at once, leaving us plenty of leftovers. Because we purchase them with the skin on and bone in, they’re relatively low cost. Share4 Pin3 +1 Tweet ShareShares 7

Roasted Red Potatoes

Kelley NunnRecipes, Snacks and Sides

Roasted Red Potatoes

These roasted red potatoes only take 5 minutes of prep time and come out of the oven roasted to perfection every time. I usually make double the recipe, because leftover roasted potatoes go great with eggs and toast for breakfast. Pin2 Share1 +1 Tweet ShareShares 3

New Castle County Big Day

Kelley NunnRecovery Big Year

New Castle County Big Day

New Castle County Big Day Back in March, Derek Stoner graciously asked Hannah Greenberg and I to participate as helpers in the Delaware Dunlins’ New Castle County Big Day (a DOS Bird-a-Thon event scheduled for May 2nd). Unlike other big days, which are fast-paced races to find the maximum number of species within a given geographic area and time frame, the goal of this big day was to encounter 100 species in 10 locations over 10 hours. Six of the locations (in italics) were places I had never been to before: 1. Middle Run Natural Area2. Charles Price Memorial Park3. Levels Road Business … Read More