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!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

King of the Marsh!...

 This is an Eastern Kingbird, very kingly, but not king of the marsh...

 I had a birdathon day last Friday with trips to Sheldon's Marsh, then Magee Marsh and finally Howard Marsh...10 hours of wandering not including the driving...I was beat! I need to remember to eat once in a while as well...

I show pics from Sheldon and Magee later on...butt right now I had an exciting find at Howard's! It was the end of the evening for me, the wind picked up and it was getting chilly...and dark. So...I decided(or actually my stomach decided) to turn around and head back to my wee little bird mobile and head for home...and food!  As I was heading back I heard some crazy sound coming from the marsh just ahead of me. It sounded like a rail, but it was LOUD!  I walked a little faster then stopped when I thought I was in the right area of the thickening reeds.


I stood there for about fifteen minutes before I heard the call again, watching intently for something to move. Every time it called I tried to find the center of its call. I wanted someone else to hear it, but I was the lone fool enjoying the marsh with the mosquitoes. Should brought more bug spray...add that to food. Finally there was some movement in the darkening marsh. Hot dog! There's the bird!

I watched it moving very slowly around in the background, carefully finding little meals hidden away. Amazingly it was walking towards me! I could see it look up at me a few times when my camera was clicking away. Ooooo...I thought at first Virginia Rail, butt looking at the size of it, like a small chicken, I thought "Hot Diggitty, it's a King Rail!" I saw one only once before, from a distance and got no photos of any quality. It was about 8:30pm now and I actually got a few decent shots.

I wonder if he'll find his soul mate in this amazing area?

 The King of the marsh!

Playing peek-a-boo through the grass and reeds.

 This American Coot was nearby doing a crazy dance to get my attention...it worked.

 I think he was a little embarrassed of himself...

 I swear I heard this lil angry Barn Swallow bark at me...

 Get your hip boots out! There's more little fuzzy poopers on the way!
(aka Canada Gooseseses...)
I forgot to mention the Snowy Egret...

 For you lovers of gray and white birbs...
Terns and Gulls...left terns I believe and gullibles.

 This is way I don't show more shorebird photos.
Uncropped image of Dunlin....waaaaayyy back there!

 Great, another Egret.
(Get it? Great Egret?!)

 And a Snowy Egret showing off his spring finery.
Looks better on him than some rich ladies hat...

 Until this Osprey flew into the nest, I didn't notice it was occupied.
I wonder if there's beebees yet?

 Yep, still love those Song Sparrows!

 A rude Spotted Sandpiper, just walking away form me while I'm talking...

Just in case you were wondering...I did indeed get a life butt shot of the King Rail!

Until next time...love those burdz from all directions!