Sunday, April 15, 2018

Success at Last!



 Northern River Otter

 We had gorgeous "summer" weather this past Friday. With temps rising into the 80's AND no rain, I went out to Cuyahoga Valley N.P. and the Ira Road beaver marsh for a little walk after work. I just got my 500mm lens back from repairs and needed to test it out. And what a way to test it!

I spoke with a few birders that were out searching for signs of the spring migration and, of course the subject turned to the invisible otters that everyone claims are real. As we were talking up popped this guy along a log. In the seconds it took me to get on him, he dived under. Nutz...no photo...then up he popped again! He looked around, then right at us and under he went not to be seen again. At long last! I now believe that otters exist.

 PLOOP! He's gone...

 This photo will now be retired...YEA!

 There were things other than otters!
This is a Midland Painted Turtle...lots and lots of them on logs and rocks.

 This Downy Woodpecker was trying to figure out what I was so excited about.
He sees otters all the time...

 Pied-billed Grebes are always smiling...cause they dive under water and see otters...

 Do not pet Snapping Turtles.
They don't care for it.

 The Song Sparrows were singing up a storm...really, a storm came through later.

 Wood Ducks still don't look like wood to me.

 I wonder if this Common Grackle knows the ones that empty my feeders within an hour of being filled.
I asked, but I don't think he heard me.

And to top off a great day...a Yellow-rumped Warbly!
They're back!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Shhhh! It May Be Spring...Maybe...



 Well hello there...I'm back! Mwahaha!

So...anyway...after setting up my wonderful photo show, (I gave up humble for Lent)I went for a little walk about through the woods of Carlisle Reservation. The sun was out, mostly, the frogs were singing...until I walked near them, then poof they were gone, and the temps were above freezing. I think spring may actually be here!

Judging by the industrious little Black-capped Chickadee in these photos, she thinks it's spring as well. She was busy excavating a nest hole in a dead snag. Imagine building your house with your mouth...talk about splinters! There were few birds out and about during my walk, but a few is better than none...it will be WARBLIE time soon!

 Uh, ya got a little something on yer choppers there buddy!

 Yum, soft rotten wood...must be one of those vegans...

 The fungus is among us!

 Yes, I'm still taking those behind shots...I try to be sneaky, some birds are offended you know.

 Oops! I'm busted!
There's no rage like the ire of an angry Mourning Dove...or maybe not.

 No, no, no, no, no...

 This female Red-bellied Woodpecker was busy redecorating her home for the new year.
And she was being harassed by a bored Red Squirrel down below.

 This is the obnoxious Red Squirrel that wanted ever so badly to look inside that nest hole.
Maybe he lost his nuts there...
 
 Just making sure there are no other visitors inside.

 A rare Rufus-booty Nuthatch!

 Uh, sorry...caught again.
He said he's a White-breasted Nuthatch.
My mistake...

Yep, the photos are still there! At least I think they are...I better call and check...

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Wings Over The World...


 Hard to believe, but the nice folks at the Carlisle Visitors Center in the Lorain County Metroparks actually asked me to come back again! For the month of April I have photos that I took on birding trips to Panama, Ecuador, England and Wales...and most of them are even in focus!

 A sleepy Shining Sunbeam seen early in the morning in Ecuador.

 This Collared Aracari was having a party with all of the food available in Panama.

The Pied Avocet is the symbol of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Superb Owl Sunday...

(Sorry, I didn't want to feel left out...)

 Barn Owl, rehab, Magee Marsh, Ohio

 Barred Owl, Huntington Reservation, Bay Village, Ohio

 Barred Owlet, Huntington Reservation, Bay Village, Ohio

 Black and White Owl, Mindo area, Ecuador

 Rare Dock Owl, Lorain Harbor, Ohio

 Eagle Owl, trained captive, Norwich, England

Eastern Screech Owl, Maumee Bay, Ohio

 Eastern Screech Owlet, Maumee Bay, Ohio

 Spectacled Owl, Pipeline Road, Panama

 Snowy Owl, rehab, Shreve, Ohio

 Short-eared Owl, Magee Marsh, Ohio

 Northern Saw-whet Owl, Magee Marsh, Ohio

 Long-eared Owl, Killdeer Plains, Ohio

 Great-horned Owlet, Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio
 
Great Horned Owl, rehab, Ohio

Must better than watching millionaires get richer "playing" football...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

...for Al Batt...

 Black-capped Chickadee

 I met Al Batt at the Midwest Birding Symposium a few years ago. He is such a great story teller! He also has a monthly article in Bird Watcher's Digest(my favorite magazine by the way!) AND if you check out Google+, he has a way of finding and posting the funniest cartoons involving birds.

He's a great friend of the birds...and a few birders too. He is fighting cancer and kicking butt, butt could always use a few more good thoughts sent his way!

He needs to get back out birding cause there's a lot more chickadees waiting to be seen...





Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I've been asked quite often lately why I haven't been posting anything on this blog. I've avoided answering most people or just saying I haven't had anything interesting to share.

The real answer? With all of the news of the world, I've felt this blog and my humor were pointless and had nothing to add to or help with the current situation. Discussions of politics have alienated a few friends so, I just thought it best to not say a word.

This may be my last post for quite some time, so I'm going to say what I think and you can comment if you like, call me names, whatever you like...or just delete this. People often forgot that they don't have to view or read everything in front of them, you have free will, at least for now.

Let's just stick to the main problem right now...that man named Trump. He's an obvious racist, making a joke of the Native Americans that were WWII heroes with his snide comments, his constant attacks on Muslims, going as far as re-tweeting anti Muslim hate videos. He is supposed to be a leader. A leader should be tactful...unless of course your hero is Hitler, then I guess what Trump is doing would be fine...Muslims, Jews...what's the difference?

He and so many of his rabid followers claim to be good Christians, yet they profess hatred and greed. Aren't Christians supposed to help their neighbors? Love everyone as they were your equal? I'm not a religious person, so maybe I'm mistaken...To Trump and his ilk, getting rid of health care has been one of their priorities. Health care is bad for America, we need to keep our citizens weak and starving and struggling to pay for over priced meds. Escalating our war machine is a better way to spend tax dollars in their minds.

And then there's those wacky Republicans trying to force through their own tax agenda. Democracy? That has no place in our government any longer. Tax breaks for the rich and large corporations, the middle class and the poor will pick up the slack as usual. Trickle down didn't work for Reagan and it won't work now.

There's so much wrong with him and the policies he's trying to force upon us...The lack of gun control, mass murders must not be a big deal after all...gotta build that wall! The wall will save Mexico from our mass murderers and gun dealers, maybe it is a good idea. And don't forget about the environment...a few hundred temporary jobs building a pipeline...or cleaning up oil spills is much more important than clean air and water. More Coal! It's clean!

Read faster! Net Neutrality is going away along with First Amendment rights and blogs will be a thing of the past, unless you're rich enough to able to afford internet service and have the right lobbyists backing you. 

Well, I better stop now before my blood pressure gets too high, I won't be able to afford my drugs soon.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

My dad in 1943 somewhere in the Aleutian Islands.