Thursday, May 25, 2017

Meanwhile at Sheldon Marsh...

 OH MY GOSH! A Blue Jay actually sitting still for me!

 In between the trips to Magee Marsh and the Jet Express trip with the Friends of Ottawa, I made to Sheldon Marsh in Huron, Ohio. This is a place I really need to visit a little more often in the spring, a tad closer than Magee and less populated. You never know what you're going to see, but you know you'll find something interesting! There's a paved path that leads back to overlooks of the wetlands, then a boardwalk that leads to a beach and also a path that leads to a closed NASA building and the lake. I had to pass on the beach both days because it seemed to have disappeared! Lots of storms lately have raised the lake level...and lowered the beach level...next time.

This is a combination of two trips...cause I'm getting behind in my bloggity duties...

 Along the edge of the boardwalk in the woods you can normally find a duckie or two.
Today I had a Blue-winged Teal. I also saw Wood Ducks waaaay back in a corner.

 Speaking of politicians...here's a BULLfrog...

 This poor confused Muskrat...his home was overtaken by the neighbors...

A Great Blue Heron and a turtle have taken over!
 
 The otters have just taken off...somewhere...

 My laughing at this Red-bellied Woodpecker hopping along the ground seemed to ave made him a little testy. He mumbled some nasty grumbles then took off.
(The Red-winged Blackbird was laughing too!)

 Even handsome Red-headed Woodpeckers look silly hopping along the trail..

 That's much better.
They are better suited to trees...

 SPRINGTIME!
Pretty flower...ooooo.....

 I don't see hoppy toads too often!
This American Toad even posed properly.

 Baltimore Orioles were plentiful in the deep woods and tree tops.

( These are from the second day...yep, they are dark. I usually have my camera set one stop under, I seemed to have reset it to THREE stops under exposure...a little too dark...)

 Another Oriole hiding in the scrub...

 I had given up on seeing any warblies for the day.
When I came off the boardwalk and was heading back, WARBLIES appeared!
First up was this Black-and-White Warbly...

 Then a Chestnut-sided Warbly popped out into a ray of setting sun...

 Then this Wilson's Warbly appeared  through a break in the scrub, just long enough for me to ogle him...and get a few shots too!
He made my day!

 This Eastern Kingbird was hawking insects close to the parking area.
Good eats out there!

 I always love being serenaded by a crazy Gray Catbird!
I think they're into jazz...maybe Be-bop...

 This tiny Mallard was all alone swimming in circles and finding things to nibble on.
No sign of adults anywhere...I wanted to give him a hug and tell him things will be fine...

 This Rose-breasted Grosbeak was keeping a close eye on me.
I think he was afraid I may take some of his caterpillars...

 I don't eat bugs...at least not on purpose...

 A very shy Ruby-crowned Kinglet skulking and singing quietly in the bushes...

 And then there's my favorite Song Sparrow, out in the open, belting out a wonderful tune for all to hear and enjoy.

 Hmmm...

 Thrushes always puzzle me.
I think this was a Swainson's Thrush.
I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong...

 YEA! That's a Tree Swallow!
I know that one!
He was perched on a tree and I saw him swallow a bug.

 Pretty simple breast, must be a Veery!

 You can always tell which White-crowned Sparrows are from the city...
They like the barbed wire and chain link fences...

 Country White-crowned Sparrow...
He just took a bath and can't do a thing with those feathers...

 A lone White-throated Sparrow waiting for the right wind to blow him across Lake Erie to Canada.

A little Chestnut-sided booty to close out the show...

See you soon!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Did You Know There Are Birds That AREN'T Warblies At Magee Marsh?!

 It's always cool to see an American Woodcock looking for fresh worms!

I have completely lost track of all the photos I've taken over the past month. So who knows what days of birding madness I'll be posting!

I do know WHERE I've taken everything...MAGEE MARSH!!! Rain or shine, I stopped by to visit my favoritest place in the world and to see my bird buddies...and the human ones at BSBO too!

No rain on this day...it was all sunshine and happiness! I spent about seven hours and never made it around the whole marsh...I still need to wander a little more..next weekend! You can never see too many birds...

Anyway...no more talking.

 The Bald Eagle "babies" are HUGE!
I think it's time for them to move out on their own...

 Yeah, well...I gotta post at least one warbly pic!
Black-throated Greens always get a lot of attention!

 Blue-headed Vireos have a curious look in their eyes...maybe there was a bug on my hat...

 The Downy Woodpeckers were working hard at getting them lil buggies out of the bark.

 And he apparently didn't like having his photo taken...
(He missed me by the way...I'm quicker than you think!)

 An Eastern Kingbird making Eastern Kingbird sounds.

 It's very hard to sneak up on a Gray Catbird...

 The House Wrens are back!
I think I hurt my neck with this one...

 Killdeers need to learn to relax...

 Oops...is that a Northern Parula peeking out?
MORE WARBLIES!!!

 hahahahahahaha....

 I did see quite a few Midland Painted Turtles though.
This one wandering through the scrub next to the boardwalk got a lot of attention.
"Is there a Mourning Warbly down there?!"
 Nope, just a turtle...

 I can't stop!
The unmistakable Palm Warbly booty!

 I haven't seen so many Red-breasted Nuthatches in a long time!

 And a Red-headed Woodpecker made an appearance!

 There's always dozens of Ruby-crowned Kinglets to catch your eye as they zip back and forth.
And sometimes they sit still...for a half a second.

 A pair of Sandhill Cranes were working through the far end of the marsh.

 Tree Swallow on bug patrol!

 And a brief moment a Warbling Vireo wasn't warbling.
...mouth full of bugs I think...good manners.

 It always pays to look down once in a while...it's good for your neck, and there's White-crowned Sparrows down there!

 ...and White-throated Sparrows too!

 I'll leave you with this very colorful Red-breasted Nuthatch!

I hope to see you out there somewhere!