Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Just Some Burdz I Saw...part 797b...the finale...at long last..(you're welcome.)

 Just another old coot staring me down...

Yes kiddies, at long last we've reached the end of our rope...uh...I mean my travel photos from Asheville. And you secretly hoped it would go on forever didn't you? Imagine me with a slide projector and a monotone voice, what fun! Hmmm...must be why only 12 people showed up at my last presentation...
My audience at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge presentation from December.
And you missed it...

So...back to Asheville, North Carolina...we did see a few ducks and watery type birdies on our morning walks...through the haze and smoke of the ever present forest fires(which have nothing to do with global climate change because our new president said so and he's a world renowned authority on all things, but I digress...)

Where was I?...watery birds! Yep, we saw a few. I was expecting to see more ducks, but you never know with things with wings. So...here ya go, the last of the photos...then next week...WHO KNOWS WHAT COULD HAPPEN!!! (Yoiks, I better think of something quick!)

 Appropriate graffiti eh?

 One of these days I'm going to get a Belted Kingfisher to sit still!
Maybe a little super glue here and there...nah...

 This is what a Belted Kingfisher looks like from way behind!
He made a nice "sploot" sound.

 A pair of Buffleheads before they spotted me spying on them...

 The same pair of Buffleheads after they saw me.
Rude ducks....or were they posing for "Birds From Behind?"
We'll never know for sure...

 Yep...just a little bit of mist and smoke out there!
There was a flock of Canada Geese hiding in that fog back there somewhere...

 Pied-billed Grebes were plentiful!

 I got a bounty of butts!
Everyone including this Great Blue Heron was trying to escape from my camera!

 Bad Killdeer.
He had to take a time out for using profanity.

 Mallard.
There's a joke I want to use, butt I'd end up in profanity prison like the Killdeer.
What do you call a fat lazy Mallard?

 Nonononononononono!

  Did I mention plenty of Pied-bills?
Boy, I could go for some pie right now...

 I have no idea what was up with this Ring-necked Duck...
The look in his eyes scared me and I ran away.

 I think the female gave him the cold shoulder and he decided to try and play dead.
I don't think she cared...

 By the way, if you are ever in downtown Asheville, don't stand still too long.
They have knitting gangs and they'll cover you up!
Street sculptures, bicycles, parking meters and more were covered.
Very odd folks down there...but I mean that in a nice way!


I'll leave with some Pied-billed booty!
Have a great time out there chasing some birds!

Until next time...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Just Some Burdz I Saw...part 797...


 Asheville has some of the best graffiti around!...and one odd burd...

And so goes the ever continuing saga of my trip to Asheville, North Carolina...will it never end?! Yeah...one day...

But until that dreaded day, here's some more burdies from around the woods and trails that we encountered on our morning constitutionals...so there! Ha!

 It's always exciting when you get a lifer!
This Brown-headed Nuthatch was the high light of the trip!
(Sorry Brian and Caron...but it was!)

 There were American Goldfinch Gangs everywhere!
You had to watch your step...they were more than happy to roll you for your thistle.
Thistle thugs...yeth thir...

 It was nice to see Carolina Wrens singing their hearts out in Carolina!
I have a pair at my feeders daily, though I have yet to hear them sing.
Maybe if I opened my windows...nah...too cold.

 The lone Chipping Sparrow...where's you friends?

 I was amazed at how many Eastern Bluebirds we saw zooming around.
Most didn't want their portraits done.
Hmmm...hiding from someone?
 
 Why are Northern Mockingbirds so angry?

 ...and why won't House Wrens sit still for me?

 Another great surprise was finding this Hermit Thrush skulking through the scrub!

 And of course the Golden-crowned Kinglets won't sit still..too much sugar I fear...

What a gorgeous little flycatcher!
 This Eastern Phoebe on the other hand posed quite nicely.

 ...at least for 3 seconds...
Places to go, bugs to eat!

 What do you think?
NO!

 I did see a squirrel though.
Probably as close as I'm going to get...

 Red-bellied Woodpeckers are the best for "Birds From Behind!"

 Don't tell the Song Sparrows this...
They have the skinniest heads!
Shhhh...

 This Tufted Titmouse looked great with the fall foliage.
He was trying to hide under a leaf.
Didn't work so well...

 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are always a cool find!
I don't see them at home very often.

 Oooo...a Northern Flicker...or is it a Southern Northern Flicker?...uh...

 Nothing like topping off a great trip with a warbly thing!
Gotta love those hearty Yellow-rumped Warblies!
They can make it in the roughest weather!

I'll end on this warbly!

Until we meet again...and I torment you with more burdz and silliness...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Gifts...

 An Eastern Bluebird catching a little ray of sunshine.

 Some days this time of year I find it a real struggle to get up and get out...cold...gray...blah. My bed is soooo warm and cozy and the chances of seeing any birds and getting a photo are slim. I'm just gonna roll over and pretend I'm asleep and ignore the daylight. Bah, gotta get up and get out! It's been a couple of weeks since I've been birding.

Yoiks! What's that blinding light? Huh, the sun is peeking through the clouds! Hmmm, the weatherman(ever so accurate along Lake Erie...not.) said it's going to rain. Well, there's enough sun peeking through the gray Christmas sky that I shall force myself to get up and out, just for you readers out there! I'm so thoughtful, aren't I?...yeah, and it's warmer out...

Ah, butt where to go? Stay close to home...it's gonna rain eventually...shall I chase that stoopid otter again? Nope, did that yesterday. Aaaaaaa....hmmmm...MUNROE FALLS PARK! It's close with a lovely variety of habitat. I started on the meadow path, because I didn't see much ice on it and I'm sick of falling down. The very first birds I see are a tree full of Eastern Bluebirds! Then the sun breaks through once again. Merry Christmas birdies! What a great gift to get!

There was a nice mix of feathery friends out and I even had a Bald Eagle fly by over head!

 American Goldfinches were out en masse today! I love their winter plumage, their faces and necks seem to glow.

 This one didn't want his photo taken...

 I'm not sure what these shrubs were, other than popular to the American Robins...

 There were quite a few American Tree Sparrows out and about as well...and another goldfinch trying to get into the picture...

 The "Butt of the Day."

 What? I like to take butt shots of birds.
I'm not weird...really...well...never mind.

 It's amazing how I walk right past these nests along the trails during breeding season and never see them.
Time for new glasses?

 Black-capped Chickadee on speed.
He would not sit still.
Too much sugar.
Kids.

 This Cedar Waxwing thought it was funny...wise guys...all of them.

 Really? Nope.

 Flying in to devour more little fruit...nummy Christmas treats!
I'll stick with cookies, thank you.

 Don't adjust your computer. This guy was having fun eating berries upside down.

 Once again, don't adjust your computer...or your neck.
Downy Woodpeckers sometimes like to walk sideways.
Nice change of "pace."
(Get it? "pace"..."walk"?...never mind...)

  More of that yummy mystery fruit...and a House Finch.

 Wow! A Tufted Titmouse sitting still AND on the ground!
I better get this shot fast.

 And as usual, he's angry and is going to use his mighty talons to tear my face off and eat my brains.
(Look it up on the internet! It' happens all of the time!)

 I think my screams of panic scared him.
He's trying to hide like chicken little under the leaves...
HEY! Stoopid! I can still see you!
Cute, butt not too bright.
Just like me!

 Yep, I'm gonna give up looking for those otters.
I don't think they really exist anyway...rumors, vicious rumors.

Until we meet again...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!