Wednesday, November 3, 2021

A Weekend in Asheville...

  Caron and Brian...and me!

I had the opportunity to visit my friends Brian and Caron in Asheville, North Carolina last week for a few days. I've worked with Brian for the past 18 years...and he hasn't killed me yet...he hasn't tried hard enough!

We did a little birding around the gorgeous Biltmore Lake in the mornings and toured the area looking at art and some crazy graffiti later in the day. We also saw some spectacular sunsets and best of all...the Buddy Guy 25th anniversary tour! The man turned 85 this past July and he's still kicking a$$ and taking names. What a great show!

Here's a few photos of the things I saw...I really get to kick this writers block and get back to posting...maybe...yep...hopefully...probably...

 

...just one little shove and I can own the company!

  (don't tell him I said that!)

     The amazing Buddy Guy...he told some great stories...

     Buddy Guy with his opener Ally Venable.

  Biltmore Lake...beee-yoo-tiful!

  I figure since it's Carolina, this is a Carolina Chickadee...

Hmmm...maybe a Fence Lizard...or not...

The local neighborhood Great Blue Heron.

   The look when he caught spying on him...

   Mallards...they're everywhere...


A pair of Pied-billed Grebes were hanging with the Mallards. 
 
  All alone...so sad...


  This guy sure looks like a Red-shouldered Hawk to me...
 
         You'll have to trust me, Ruby-crowned Kinglet...
 
          Sarge was my best buddy during my visit!
 

If you visit Asheville, hit the arts area and check out the graffiti!

    A Tufted Titmouse...from below...
 
At last a White-breasted Nuthatch from behind!
 
The last warbly of the year, appropriately Yellow-rumped!
 

 The moon over Tennessee on my drive back north to Ohio.

 

Special thanks to my wonderful hosts...and Sarge the puppy for putting me up and putting up with me!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

A Pip of a Plover!...

 A lil fuzzball booty shot!

It was an exciting time out at Maumee Bay State Park this summer! For the first time in over 80 years(that's longer than I've been around!) a pair of Piping Plovers, Nellie & Nish, nested on the inland beach a few hundred feet of the beautiful shore of Lake Erie!

Not only did they nest, they mated and laid four eggs! AND they all hatched! Thanks to the folks from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and a gang of volunteers around the clock, the lil peeps were well guarded and safe. Those folks were truly hardworking and dedicated. It sure isn't easy trying to keep track of four lil scampering fuzz balls!

I made it out to pay the peeps a visit a couple of weeks ago and had a fantastic time! I even got to say hello to one of my favorite humans, Kimberly Kaufman, director of the BSBO, and Mark Shieldcastle, bander extraordinaire!...oh...and I took just a couple of photos too...

Check out these sites for more info!: 

 https://www.maumeebaypipingplovers.org/

 https://www.bsbo.org/


No swimmers, no dogs, just Piping Plovers in the fenced off area.

The little ones were all identified by colored bands with special colored dots to id each one.

They were even nice enough to give me a proper shot!

...and a stare down afterwards...

The dramatic profile shot...

A poor Killdeer felling left out...


Nish, the poor dad, was trying his best to keep an eye on the kids while they wandered about.

Playing hide and seek in the water...

But I'm not really that close!...run away!

 500mm plus a 1.4 extender did the trick!

 Where's Waldo?


Exercise those wings!

The "Great Escape!" Someone made it through the fence!

The walkie-talkies of the volunteers lit up when this happened!

An American Goldfinch followed!

Splish Splash!

Tiny fuzzball contortionist!

Flapping dry...

"Hey! Lookit me! I'm aerodynamic! Zooooom!"

"Stop laughing, I'm serious."

Kids...ha!

Got all of my plover lover gear!

It's hard being a fuzzball baby plover! Time to rest!

 Until next time...thanks for visiting, see you soon!



Monday, August 9, 2021

Maumee in May...part deux...(that's francais for two...)

Everyone always gets excited when they see Bald Eagles, especially obnoxious teenage ones!

 

So...here we are again! We visited Maumee several times over the weekend...and I think I have more pics I didn't download...oops. There's also a few photos from our short visit to Magee Marsh mixed in too. I'll have another post with more! Woo-hoo! Warbly things! 

In the meantime...

Yep, another Bald Eagle...there's lots of them out there!

Poor Caron, waiting for me to stop with the picture taking! Let's get walking!

Ruh-roh! What could those fishies be doing? Hmmm...adult time...ask your parents.

Female Common Yellowthroats are always a little confusing when you first spot them!

Love them Catbirds!

Great...an Egret...(Get it? Great Egret? Ha?)

I mooned you!

Say there Mr. Muskrat! Looks like you got a little something in your fur there buddy!

Uh...Cardinal?

SNEKS!!!

Aw, palate cleansing photo...Prothonotary Warbly...purty.

Prothonotary Warblies have sporty hair dos!

O-boy! A Red-tailed Hawk zooming around!

I wonder if anyone else saw it? I'm a terrible leader sometimes...

Why so angry bro? Sometimes those Red-winged Blackbirds have attitude...

A silly gray and white birb photo bombed by another silly gray and white birb. (Some folks call them Ring-billed Gulls...silly people....)

Poor Sarge the Wonder Dog, he wasn't allowed to go birding, he had to guard the cottage.

Speaking of guarding...the Tree Swallow didn't seem to care for all of the spectators.

 

Time for relaxing at the beach and watching the sunset...

Ha! I mooned you again!

Stay tuned for more birdies and warblies coming your way soon!