Sunday, May 19, 2019

Meanwhile, Back at the "Other" Marsh...

 American Coots are so rude!
This butt flashing is a precursor to a rumble...

This area of north western Ohio by the great Lake Erie is an amazing place to explore in May...or any other time of year. So many parks and wildlife areas! On this day I left Magee Marsh, not an easy thing to do, and headed out to Howard Marsh Metropark. This park has only been open for a year and it's already garnered a lot of attention. In the past few weeks, in addition to the regular marsh birds, black-necked stilts have been spotted nesting, yellow-headed blackbirds have been seen regularly and a pair of red-necked phalaropes are out there somewhere!

If you're anywhere near the area, you must visit! And if you're not afraid of can kayak all through the wetlands...cameras can't swim...

 This is what happens after a coot flashes his bum...rumble!

 This went on for quite a while...they must have got a hold of some bad duck weed...

 This one was laughing at them the whole time...

 A lone Barn Swallow fluffed up cause it was cold and windy!
I tried that, but it didn't work for me...

 Apparently Dunlin run in gangs.

 The only gull I'll take a photo of is the Bonaparte's Gull.
I have yet to see one tuck his wing into his breast pocket...

 The only duck close enough to me was this lone Blue-winged Teal.
I also saw Northern Shovelers, Mallards, Bufflehead and American Wigeon.

 I was so excited when I saw the Black-necked Stilts as I thought they were life birds in the U.S.
I saw them in Panama years ago...and then I discovered I had photos of them at the San Diego Bird Fest. Still new in Ohio and a great bird we don't see often.

 Though they wern't near by, I shot close to 100 photos of them...I can't help myself sometimes...

 Killdeer are the only shorebird I can identify.
I think I need more practice...

 Lesser Yellowbooty...uh...Yellowlegs.

 Once in a while I can get a shot of the other side too!

 A Northern Rough-winged Swallow looking majestic.

 This Pied-billed Grebe spotted me and was zooming quickly into the reeds.
Ya know, I never noticed their black throat before.

 Short-billed Dowitchers should be called Long-billed Dowitchers and Long-billed Dowitchers should be called "Really-long-billed Dowitchers."
What do ya think?

 Gotta love those Song Sparrows!

 Among all of the Spotted Sandpipers out there, this one really "stood" out...he only had one leg.
It sure didn't appear to be a problem.

 We gotta fly now! I'll be back soon with more from Magee!
Stay tuned...

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Just a Couple of Burdz...or so...

 Ohhhh....that bug is doomed!

Hello again. Guess where I was? No...(or yes, depending on your answer!) Magee Marsh for the Biggest Week in American Birding...and it was the tenth anniversary too! My first visit to Magee was in 2004 for what was then known as International Migratory Bird Day, now World Bird Day. I think there were just a few hundred folks on the boardwalk back there are thousands! Birders come from every state in the US and from every continent(really!) to see the warblies and other birds that migrate through this amazing area.

I'm lucky to live just a couple hours away and I love to visit every weekend...and more in May...and the rest of the year too! In addition to all of the wonderful birds, I get to see friends I only see this time of year...the folks from Wildside Tours, especially the best guide of Ecuador Edison, Sabrewing Tours, Black Swamp Bird Observatory , Time and Optics and Aviantica (cool tee's Thanks!) among others...AND all my bird buddies.

So...onward and upward...or something...

 As you can see that Black-and-white Warbly got him a bug!

 Yes, that's a real tattoo of a Black-and-white Warbly on my skinny arm!
It is my favorite bird after all!

 Contemplating his next meal...

 Butt Shot!

You can't get them all.
That Black-throated Blue Warbly was mighty quick!

He sat still long enough for me to get one shot...AND from the right angle!

 While we're talking of warblies with black throats, how about a Black-throated Green Warbly?

 A rare Blandings Turtle catching a few rays with a Midland Painted Turtle photo bombing in the back...

 Luckily there was a crowd staring at this tree, half of which were saying "Where? I don't see it!"
Once you see this Eastern Screech Owl you're amazed at their camouflage.

 One of my other favorite birds is the Gray Catbird...of which there were many!

 Tucked away all cozy in it's nest is this Great Horned Owlet.

 Hermit Thrushes are messy eaters.

 Magnolia Warblies are my second favorite warbly...and one of the easiest to spot from behind.
Yep, on the other arm...

 At long last I got a good photo of a Northern Waterthrush!

 I asked him to turn around so I could add a butt shot and this was the look I got!
 This is how you see Ovenbirds...down low underneath the back...

 I like Palm Warblies cause they sit still for me.

 A Red-breasted Nuthatch showing off his stream liner bug attack pose.

 A Ruby-crowned Kinglet pretending to be innocent.

 A sight for Sora eyes!
Ha! Bird jokes are the best...

 This Spotted Sandpiper was yelling at me.
I can't imagine why anyone would yell at me.
(Please leave a comment to explain.)

 Defying gravity.

 The Tree Swallows were all busy getting nesting material prepping for the baby season!

 A staring contest between me and a White-throated Sparrow...he won.

 How much woodland can a Wood Thrush thrash?

 He laughed at that one!
(Who put that stick there?!)

 The warblies were hard to get this year, butt I got a few including this Yellow-RUMPED!

 I shall leave you for now with this White-throated Sparrow from behind...

Until we meet again!...

Sunday, May 5, 2019


I was at Magee Marsh today(go figure?) and I was told by a friend there was a yellow-headed blackbird at Howard Marsh just a few miles away. Of course he said "It's right near the road, easy!" No, sorry...that evil spawn of Satan bird has been hiding from me for years! There is no way it will be anywhere near the road by the time I get there. He'll fly back to Wyoming or Minnesota or anywhere away from me.

Nope, there he was right by the road in full view. I even had time to park my birdmobile and saunter to the field where my new best friend was chowing down on buggies. A good day indeed!

See ya soon!
If you're at Magee or Maumee Bay next weekend, look for me or my lil white Fiat Abarth and say hello! I have free postcards with me!