Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Just a Few More....

 An uncommon Common Nighthawk snoozin...

 Yep, it's still May 17th at Magee Marsh in my world...a little "behind?"...why of course!

 Just as me and my cranky stomach were leaving, someone told me there was a Least Bittern fishing right along the boardwalk. I figured he would be gone by the time I got there, but nope, he was still there...along with a hundred other birders trying to get a glimpse. It was a lifer for many so I hung back to give them the better view and fired off a few shots between bodies and branches.

 It'll never make National Geographic, but it makes for a great memory for me!
 
One of my favorite lil warblies, a Magnolia!

 He was even kind enough to give me a signature pose!

 ...then try to attack me and peck my eyes out!
AAAAAAhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

 A little Muskrat love for you...

 This Prothonotary Warbly was picking at the buds on trees...

 ...and playing show and tell with them...

 Prothonotary's do not make behind shots easy...
 
 Yep, my one and only crappy shot of a Scarlet Tanager for the day...maybe next time.

 Name that Thrush!
No, really, name that thrush...I think it may be a Gray-cheeked...or maybe not...I'm not sure.

 Yea! Yellow Warbly building a nest right along the boardwalk.
It's amazing what you normally walk right past and never notice until someone points it out.

And last, butt not least...a Yellow-rumped Warbly!

Soon we shall post another day of delightful birding!

Monday, June 17, 2019

S'more...

 Yummmm...Black-throated Warbly gots a bug!

 I told you last time...I took A LOT of photos that day! So....here's a few more...for now...a day in the life of a burd nurd...

 He just wouldn't turn around...

 Me and that Blackpoll Warbly wanna know who put that stick in my photo?!

 She almost got away!
Look at those legs!

 Haha! Not a bird...it's a snek!....ssssssssssnek!

 A Gray Catbird calling for "HARRY!"

 Deep in thought...unlike me...

 Oops...I got caught again!

 Great...an Egret...

 You need to tuck your head down a little lower to hide from me!

 So...how many of you thought this was the biggest sparrow ever when you first started birding?
(It's a female Red-winged Blackbird just in case...)

 Two male Red-winged Blackbirds trying to show who's the baddest bird on the block...

 He was laughing so hard at the other guy, I felt bad for him...

 A simple Warbling Vireo...

 Sorry! I didn't mean you were simple..just...oh, never mind...

Sorry kiddos, there's more on the way from this birdy day!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

More Spring Migration...

 It was a great day for birds from behind!

Yep, still at Magee Marsh...this was a birdathon day for me...another 10 hours out wandering, looking at warblies and talking with friends and strangers about the amazing migration that hits our area every year. It's a great thing to be only a couple hours away so I can spend so much time at the western edge of Lake Erie.

The weather wasn't cooperating with the birders this year, though the birds didn't mind! A lot of the harsher weather kept the migrators going straight across the lake without the usual stop over in our marshes and wetlands. The folks I spoke with thought the species number was about average, but the quantities of each were low. I still managed 22 species of warblies and 121 overall species for the two week period of the festival....AND I got some great butt shots too!
 
 This young male American Redstart was sneaking around, singing and trying to pick up some babes without the adult males finding him.

 Time to look innocent...

 Hmmm...

 There were a good number of Bay-breasted Warblies and a few even sat still for me.

 This is an easy one...

 This Chestnut-sided Warbly was busy collecting nesting material then disappearing into the marsh.

 Beautiful colors and patterns!

 This Eastern Screech Owl was well hidden, but once discovered he was surrounded by the birderazzi!

 Gray Catbirds are one of my favorite non-warbly birds!

 Whoooo are you looking at?

 "Yoooooo!"
This Great Horned Owlet was very popular on the beach trail.

 A busy little House Wren sat still to rest...for a second...

He was worn out from hunting bugs...zzzzzzz...

 Gotta love the look of a Warbling Vireo.

 This was a surprise! I was looking over the lake at those silly gulls and these two popped up!
I don't get to see White Pelicans often!

I seemed to have ruffled the feathers of this Wilson's Warbly...

There's more on the way!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

More May at Magee!...

 This was the first May at Magee Marsh that I didn't see an American Woodcock.
I did see this nest with eggs right next to my car though!

Another May of mayhem at Magee Marsh is but a memory...now I'll dream of spending more time at Magee next year to see my favorite lil warbly buddies. In the meantime I'll go through the thousand or so photos I shot this year and relive the memories, one fuzzy photo at a time....and make you look at them too!

I also went to Ottawa and Howard Marsh after this morning at Magee...I'll share those soon...

 The Bald Eagles were busy at their nests tending to obnoxious kids begging for food.

 This was the first year I managed to get a couple decent photos of Bay-breasted Warblies!
Even one singing!


 I love pointing out black racer snakes...there's always one person in the crowd that says "Ewwwww!" and runs away.
Now there's more room for me to get some warbly shots!

 This was the popular pose for Black-throated Green Warblies this year.
I saw more than one like this...odd, very odd.

 All the Cape Mays were high up today...and giving me the crazy eye and laughing.

 Terrible pic of a beautiful Cedar Waxwing...they can't all be good...one would be nice though...

 The invisible Eastern Screech Owl.
I never would have noticed him excpet for the fact that he roosts in the same tree most days...

 This Magnolia Warbly was confused by the Maggie tattoo on my arm...

 Amazingly that young Mourning Dove managed to stay in that rickety nest all cozy under mom.

Playing peek-a-boo with a Red-winged Blackbird...as usual...

 Even a color blind guy like me can see a Scarlet Tanager!

 Yummy! Caterpillars for lunch!
This Yellow-rumped Warbly doesn't seem too excited though...nor would I...

I'll leave you for now with a Baltimore Oriole booty!

See ya soon!