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Happy New Year from mon@rch

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year from all of us here at Mon@rch Nature Blog!

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle along the Allegheny River

Today I went searching for a Golden Eagle that was reported in Allegany State Park yesterday. Didn’t find the Golden but as expected found multiple Bald Eagles flying around. I stopped to photograph this one Bald Eagle through the trees and then realized that something seemed wrong with my truck after pulling away! The vehicle would not stop when I stepped on my brakes!! That is the scariest feeling I have felt in a very long time (besides when I thought the Coyotes were going to eat me but I will save that story for my end of the year mammal report)!! Yep, my brake-line blew and I had no brakes!! Lucky I was in the middle of no-where and was only two stop signs way from my repair guy!! I was scheduled to have my rotors and brake pads replaced on Wednesday. Since I am not seeing my truck again till next Thursday . . . why not include a new brake-line to the list needed repairs!! Ugg, Happy New Year Everyone and my day of birding was cut short!

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30 responses

  1. Aww, that stinks! Hmm, what will Tom do without a vehicle now! Great pictures of the Bald!

    30 December 2007 at 7:07 pm

  2. OMG Tom I’m glad you’re okay and that you were close to your repair guy! Almost eaten by coyotes, can’t wait to hear about that.
    I love your eagle photo! Happy New Year, Tom! I hope this year brings you everything you want!! 😀

    30 December 2007 at 7:25 pm

  3. That’s a nightmare. I’ve never had my brakes fail. Wow, I’m glad you weren’t hurt.

    We need to hear about your coyote nightmare…

    Perfect photo, as usual.

    Happy New Year, Tom!


    30 December 2007 at 9:07 pm

  4. Geez, that must have been unnerving! Glad all’s well that ended well. At least you got to see a few eagles before the brakes went south.

    Have a great new year!


    30 December 2007 at 9:12 pm

  5. @ J – will work it out somehow!
    @ Pam – thanks and hope the year turns out great!
    @ Mary – I wasn’t too happy but did survive! Thanks!
    @ Beth – it did end up alright and did get a good photo! I would have been happier with the Golden!

    30 December 2007 at 10:13 pm

  6. That is so scary. I had my brakes fail once but I was pulling up slowly to the curb of my apartment. It hit the curb a little hard but stopped. My first car, it was a real clunker. I’m glad you are OK. Be glad you found the problem out in the middle of nowhere. The bald eagle pic is great. I sure hope you do get to see a golden eagle in your area.

    Happy New Year!

    30 December 2007 at 10:17 pm

  7. Marg

    That must have been so scary Tom-glad you’re okay

    Here’s wishing you get the Golden in the New Year!

    30 December 2007 at 10:34 pm

  8. First of all I love the new header!
    That would be scary loosing your brakes. Thank goodness you were near your mechanic.

    You have a wonderful and blessed New Year!

    31 December 2007 at 6:14 am

  9. I got to thinking what the title of your story might be….”I brake for????” “Breakless in NY” “I used to brake for birds” “What stop sign?”…..I’m glad it worked out alright. Nothing like an adrenalin rush to end the year! Have a great 2008.

    31 December 2007 at 6:57 am

  10. Ack! Glad you were able to finally stop Tom. Love the eagle photo, and of course, the beautiful Monarch! A very Happy New Year to you too.

    31 December 2007 at 6:59 am

  11. @ Erie – lucky I had a standard vehicle and able to down shift! Thanks and I doubt it will happen tonight!
    @ Marg – Not that bad was more mad than anything! Just more money that I need to dish out on my Truck! LOL and in 2008 I willprobably see many of them!
    @ Toni – thanks and took a few hours of photoshoping to make it look the way I wanted it to! You can see the original on this site! Actually I was about 20-30 miles away from my mechanic but just drove almost all that along the highway which involved no stopping!
    @ Vern – I like the “I try to brake for the bird’s” ! LOL Thanks
    @ Jayne – Thanks and glad things worked out!


    31 December 2007 at 7:49 am

  12. Lisa at Greenbow

    You poor fellow. I got scared just reading your recount of the brake failure. UGH…

    I hope you have a Safe and Happy New Year. I will be looking forward to all your posts.

    31 December 2007 at 10:04 am

  13. Wow – that must have been a scary feeling. I thought that there was a back-up for things like that? I guess there is always the emergency brake, right? Glad you made it to the repair shop safely.

    Have a happy and prosperous New Year.

    31 December 2007 at 12:12 pm

  14. I’m glad you’re OK! I’ve never had the brakes go out like that. It sounds like a scene from a movie.
    Happy birding in 2008 Tom!!!

    31 December 2007 at 12:25 pm

  15. pwrbrdr

    Glad you were somewhere where you could move the truck without injury. Here’s to the Golden Eagle – Happy New Year!

    31 December 2007 at 2:28 pm

  16. Happy New Year Tom 🙂

    31 December 2007 at 3:02 pm

  17. Tomek

    Happy New Year. I see 2007 ended with a bang for you. Sorry, about your vehicle. I hope 2008 goes well. Much snow down there in the Southern Tier? Buffalo has nothing. Amazing huh? With this “global warming-esque” weather you may be able to see a Bird of Paradise in Allegeny soon enough. (Wish it was possible.)

    31 December 2007 at 3:48 pm

  18. Happy New Year.

    31 December 2007 at 3:59 pm

  19. Holy Cow! Good thing you were in the middle of no where. Your guardian was working OT! Glad you’re OK.
    ~Happy Safe New Year~

    31 December 2007 at 4:16 pm

  20. Kaz

    Gosh Tom, glad you were okay!!! May 2008 bring you a less expensive year. Have a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve.

    31 December 2007 at 4:22 pm

  21. Glad you made it, Tom! Happy New Year and better luck with Golden Eagles next year.

    31 December 2007 at 4:44 pm

  22. Yikes, brake failure would be scary indeed – glad you weren’t hurt!

    Happy 2008 to you & yours as well!

    31 December 2007 at 8:29 pm

  23. My goodness, what an adventure. Glad you weren’t hurt.

    And happy new year!

    31 December 2007 at 9:34 pm

  24. @ Lisa – I was alright, it was just like driving on ice! Thanks
    @ Marty – Emergency Brake doesn’t work because I had not brake fluid!!
    @ Lynne – thanks and I was happy to be in the middle of now where with that happening!
    @ John – thanks and glad I wasn’t down town but the Bald was worth it!
    @ Bernie – thanks Happy New Year to you also!
    @ Tomek – Thanks and I hope it does also! Not much snow but did get a dusting last night! Will be a while till we see any Birds of Paradise but then again all birds are Paradise to me!
    @ Bobbie – Happy New Year to you also!
    @ Chicago – Thanks and really wasn’t that bad! I was able to down shift but the brake peddle doing nothing or have no press sure was something from a movie!
    @ Kaz, hope so also!
    @ Mike – thanks and I probably will see 3 or 4 now!
    @ Adam – thanks and it wasn’t me that I was worried about it was the paint job on the truck! LOL Only kidding!
    @ Wren – sure was an adventure! Thanks


    1 January 2008 at 12:44 am

  25. Glad you’re okay! Happy New Year. 🙂

    1 January 2008 at 4:02 am

  26. Thank goodness you weren’t hurt! That would be a terrible feeling. One time my headlights wenT out in my jeep as I was driving home from my Mom’s, but luckily it was a full moon and I was able to see my way home. It was very scary though.


    1 January 2008 at 3:03 pm

  27. @ Lana – thanks and Happy New Year
    @ Nita – very scary for sure! Happy New Year!

    1 January 2008 at 10:09 pm

  28. Grace

    Happy New Year. Time to start a new checklist.

    2 January 2008 at 5:19 pm

  29. What a way to end the year. Have a great 2008, Tom.

    3 January 2008 at 1:19 am

  30. lvn600

    Lucky break with the brakes!-Could have been on a busy highway.-I only saw a Golden Eagle really well once.-It was before I was actively in to birding.
    Now I want to get a good look at an adult again.

    4 January 2008 at 8:35 pm

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