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...

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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! 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."


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! 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? time...ask your parents.

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

Love them Catbirds! 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!



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!

Monday, August 2, 2021

Maumee in May...part one of?

Birdin' buddies Chuck, Jennifer, Caron, Brian, Sarge the Wonder Dog, and some skinny freeloader guy...

So...finally back out in the field and now blogging again! Woo-hoo...or maybe not... Thanks to Brian and Caron for arranging a field trip at Maumee Bay with friends and having me show them around my favoritest places for birding, I got out of work for a few days! 

Everyone said they had a great time, though everyone always says that to me, after wincing...we managed to see quite a few birds...about 70. I thought that was a pretty good number for folks that had never been real birding before. The temps were in the upper 80's to 90 which made it a little rough, butt I never let anyone give up! "There's always one more bird...just around the corner....I promise...get up off the ground, it's not that bad!"

I wonder why I haven't heard from anyone since then...hmmm...oh well, on with the birds!

Everyone wanted to see a warbly...and what do I show them first off? A wacky female American Redstart that's abnormally shy.

"Awwww...look at the baby goose!" Future pooping Cobra Chicken!

It's always good to show a Downy Woodpecker eating a grub when someone says they're hungry.

Lunch time can wait!

There's nothing like getting flipped off by a laughing red morph Eastern Screech Owl...jerk!

Another "aww" moment when we saw an Eastern Screech Owl owlet! We saw a total of 3 beebees this day!

The Eastern Screech Owl before his rudeness overtook him...

A possible partner was in the tree across Mr. Pottymouth.

At first I thought this was an Olive-sided Flycatcher, but no, it's an Eastern Wood-Pewee. Maybe next time...

Everyone likes the big birds! (Not the yellow one!) This Great Egret was showing off his lack of hunting skills...he kept trying...

As you may know, trying to point out a Semipalmated Sandpiper in the middle of a very large wetland area isn't always easy..." the middle...on the the left...more...more...more...he's gone."

Okay, here's a quiz...what's skinnier, my monopod or my legs? Times up...wise guys!

A Midland Painted Turtle close enough for all to see! Yea!

Oh my! Northern Water Sneks trying to make more Northern Water Sneks! Don't look!

Shooo...back to pretty warbly things! We were serenaded by a Palm Warbly!

Brian's favorite bird of the day was this Red-headed Woodpecker...a handsome bird I must say.

 The bird that confuses all new birders...the female Red-winged Blackbird...


A male Red-winged Blackbird looking for someone to poop on...

 Of course I had to get the owlet from behind! If I didn't who would?

Stayed tuned....there's more madness from Maumee coming up soon!!!!