Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Nice Walk...and a few crappy pics...


One of those days...

The weather has been unusual to say the least around here. It was a warm afternoon and I was done cleaning and all that fun stuff, Soooo I decided to go for a little birding jaunt around the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Beaver Marsh (where I've never seen a beaver.) This was before the shut down...and don't get me started on that morons idiotic game...

I thought it would be nice to find a few nuthatches (other than myself) and get some nice photos of whatever else may be around. What luck, just as I entered the trail, nuthatches were all around me...in the tree tops...and behind branches...or flying away.

Except for one that came down low just for me. Butt would he stay still long enough for a photo? Well, yes and no.

 I had him for a second, then he jumped up a little higher...fine I'll try again...

 Missed again...almost a butt shot.
Try one more time!

 Um, what the heck is that?!
I quit.

 Well, at least I got a slightly blurry pic of a Belted Kingfisher spitting.
Something you don't see everyday...

 I don't know what it was, but it was sitting still so I took a shot.

 I'm so glad that Mallards are large and slow moving or I wouldn't have had a thing for the day!

 He was very polite and came out of the water and posed for me.
Nice ducky.

Yep, I stayed a long time trying butt it was getting dark.
No butt shots today BUTT I did get a Moon that day!

Hopefully next time we'll do better...
Until we meet again...

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A Christmas Present...

 Who's my new visitor?

 SO, I've out visiting area parks lately trying to get a good shot of one of these visitors from Canada with no luck. I saw one briefly, then poof it was gone. Three different parks with no luck.

The first thing(well almost...) I do in the morning is check the feeders and see who's chowing down on my peanuts and suet. Go figure, after traipsing around parks for the past few weeks, a Red-breasted Nuthatch shows up at my feeder! I'm not leaving home again.

This little feather ball has been here a few days now and he makes number FIFTY on the apartment feeder bird list. I can't wait to see what fifty one will be...

 Ho-ho-ho by the way.
 I think he saw me in the window...

Lucky for me he doesn't care...

See you again soon!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Meandering in the Meadow...

 The saddest American Goldfinch ever.
He knows everything is going to be snow covered soon...

Holy Cowbird! This is an actual true to life almost up to date bloggity post! And no, I'm not even close to being caught up, butt what the heck, we're going to skip around and sing tra-la- tra-la. Whee.

So...this short extravaganza of avian photo journalism was made at the Tallmadge Meadows in Munroe Falls Park just a mere week ago. The weather has been very unusual, in case you haven't noticed in your neck of the woods. It was a Sunday that was very warm with even a little sun peeking in and out! I had a great walk for a few hours, spoke with a few other walkers and annoyed no one that I can recall.

So here ya go...some burdz...

 I noticed a man with a camera wandering off trail into the meadow(bad, very bad!) and looked up to see this American Kestrel parked at the top of a tree.
Of course, when said wanderer got to close the burd sped away.

 Don't you hate when you don't notice a stick in the middle of the frame because you can't see it in your tele lens?!
Anyway, this was a lone American Tree Sparrow...that flew after this one crappy shot.

My neck still hurts from bending far enough backwards to get a shot of this Blue Jay at the top of the tree...owie... 

AAAHHH!!!
I never saw a faceless Cooper's Hawk before! 

 Oh, nevermind...he was turned around looking at something...

 He was getting buzzed from above by a number of yakky burbs trying to chase him away.
He was deciding which one would taste better...

 I was surprised...and delighted to see a half dozens Eastern Bluebirds flying in and out of the berry bushes chowing down.

 The berries furthest away always taste better!

 I wonder if any of those were fermented yet?

 This is a Mourning Dove.
They are also known as Cooper's Hawks main course.
Bye-bye Mourning Dove.

A good day for burd buttz! 
Even a Northern Cardinal posed politely for a second.

Well, that's it for now, see you soon!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Living in the Past...Still...

Yes, it is.

 Oh my, it's a young American Coot!
(As opposed to me being an old American Coot.)

One day I'll catch up on my posts, nah...what fun would that be? Today in the WaBac machine, we're going to Howard Marsh just past Magee Marsh and Ottawa NWR. This is a newer reclaimed marsh area, and it's a truly great place to visit. Every year will be a little different as things settle in and more birds arrive.

This visit was in mid September, a little quiet and a little late for the shorebirds, butt still a great day to wander their trails. Enough yammering, let's look at the birdies!


Another young Coot...

An American Coot...older than the younger, butt not as old as me.

O S, M R Ducks. Blue-winged Teals to be somewhat precise.

You can't tell from her, butt he has one wing tucked into his vest.
Yep, it's a Bonaparte's Gull.

Bonaparte's Gulls and Common Terns chillin' out on a former tree planted just for their enjoyment.

As you may know, I'm not the biggest fan of those gray and white burds...butt I'll make an exception for a Bonaparte's Gull.

They're not noisy and obnoxious like some other gulls we won't mention.
Just sayin'...

Canada Geese aren't good at being graceful when landing.

A Caspian Tern on the prowl for some fresh fish sticks, never frozen...

And there ya go!

Still a couple of butterflies out like this Clouded Sulphur.

Double-crested Cormorants have a habit of diving under as soon as you point your camera at them. This guy wasn't paying attention.

That's a WHOLE LOTTA ducks!

A not so graceful landing. I feel his pain, I've had a few not so graceful landings myself.

Much better! This Great Blue Heron was looking regal as he paraded across the meadow.

The Great Egrets were all far away on this day.

It took me a while to figure this one help, luckily I had help on Instagram!
Juvenile Horned Lark.

Of course all of my shots were from behind...

PEEPS!
Killdeer, something else small and a Semipalmated Sandpiper.
One day I'll figure them all out...maybe...


KILLDEER! YES! I know this one!

A couple of naughty Northern Bluet Damselflies.
Sheesh, right out in public, no shame..

Lots of trail to wander!

One of the high points of the day was this Northern Harrier zooming around the marsh grass.


I watched her diving down over and over!

Maybe this time!

I think she found lunch at last!

Gotta love those young Pied-billed Grebes!

A Red Admiral hiding in the grass.
It took me a while to get back up...

This looks like a Solitary Sandpiper to me...and he was solitary...

The last of the wildflowers for the season.

I believe this to be a Spreadwing Damselfly, but I'm not sure of the exact species.

I'm sure we'll find out in the comments...

A flock of Trumpeter Swans flew right over me.
The sounds of their wings and feeling the air movement was definitely the high point of my day!

This one was at the edge of the flock, just far enough away to be able to focus on.

And of course, one last butt shot for your enjoyment!

See you again soon!