Saturday, December 9, 2017

...for Al Batt...

 Black-capped Chickadee

 I met Al Batt at the Midwest Birding Symposium a few years ago. He is such a great story teller! He also has a monthly article in Bird Watcher's Digest(my favorite magazine by the way!) AND if you check out Google+, he has a way of finding and posting the funniest cartoons involving birds.

He's a great friend of the birds...and a few birders too. He is fighting cancer and kicking butt, butt could always use a few more good thoughts sent his way!

He needs to get back out birding cause there's a lot more chickadees waiting to be seen...





Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I've been asked quite often lately why I haven't been posting anything on this blog. I've avoided answering most people or just saying I haven't had anything interesting to share.

The real answer? With all of the news of the world, I've felt this blog and my humor were pointless and had nothing to add to or help with the current situation. Discussions of politics have alienated a few friends so, I just thought it best to not say a word.

This may be my last post for quite some time, so I'm going to say what I think and you can comment if you like, call me names, whatever you like...or just delete this. People often forgot that they don't have to view or read everything in front of them, you have free will, at least for now.

Let's just stick to the main problem right now...that man named Trump. He's an obvious racist, making a joke of the Native Americans that were WWII heroes with his snide comments, his constant attacks on Muslims, going as far as re-tweeting anti Muslim hate videos. He is supposed to be a leader. A leader should be tactful...unless of course your hero is Hitler, then I guess what Trump is doing would be fine...Muslims, Jews...what's the difference?

He and so many of his rabid followers claim to be good Christians, yet they profess hatred and greed. Aren't Christians supposed to help their neighbors? Love everyone as they were your equal? I'm not a religious person, so maybe I'm mistaken...To Trump and his ilk, getting rid of health care has been one of their priorities. Health care is bad for America, we need to keep our citizens weak and starving and struggling to pay for over priced meds. Escalating our war machine is a better way to spend tax dollars in their minds.

And then there's those wacky Republicans trying to force through their own tax agenda. Democracy? That has no place in our government any longer. Tax breaks for the rich and large corporations, the middle class and the poor will pick up the slack as usual. Trickle down didn't work for Reagan and it won't work now.

There's so much wrong with him and the policies he's trying to force upon us...The lack of gun control, mass murders must not be a big deal after all...gotta build that wall! The wall will save Mexico from our mass murderers and gun dealers, maybe it is a good idea. And don't forget about the environment...a few hundred temporary jobs building a pipeline...or cleaning up oil spills is much more important than clean air and water. More Coal! It's clean!

Read faster! Net Neutrality is going away along with First Amendment rights and blogs will be a thing of the past, unless you're rich enough to able to afford internet service and have the right lobbyists backing you. 

Well, I better stop now before my blood pressure gets too high, I won't be able to afford my drugs soon.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

My dad in 1943 somewhere in the Aleutian Islands.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

No More Words...

The world around me seems to have gone insane and I have nothing left to say...from now on, just photos...

White-throated Sparrow at Pond Brook...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Looking for the Last of the Warlbies...

 Sneaking up on a Blue Jay isn't easy, butt I got this one...
...then he started screaming and scared everything away...loud mouth.

 I had a nice walk along a different trail at Brust Park in Munroe Falls. I noticed a cut off through the woods that looked seldom traveled and decided to travel it. Some of it looked more like a deer path through the scrub, but there were more birds back there than along the paved path...and no ticks today! 3 hours, but not much to show for it. Some days are like that. It was a great wander though, and I'll have to add it to my spring list!

 The leaves are still full, but the colors are changing!
This Downy Woodpecker was busy finding snacks in this snag.

 My last time here earlier in the summer, I saw an Eastern Kingbird sitting on this nest.
No Kingbirds in sight today...

 Some days you really have to contort yourself to get a shot through the leaves and shrubs!
Gray Catbirds don't always take kindly to being spied on...

 THAT looks like the feathered fanny of a Warbly Thing!
Woo-Hoo!

 The only warbly species I found on this day, Magnolia!
There were a few of them working their way through the tangle of wildflowers.

 My only view of a Song Sparrow today...
He refused to turn around....cranky pants...

 This was the first Wooly Bear caterpillar I spotted so far this year.
I forgot if that stripe means a short winter or a long one...

 I only got a few awful shots of this bird way up in the tree tops.
The light wasn't the greatest, butt at least it's from behind!
Looking at the dark tail and the narrow wing bar, I think it's a female Scarlet Tanager.
The second best bird of the day!
Warblies always come first you know...

 Yes, it was a day of peek-a-boo birdy.
Red-bellied Woodpeckers seem to enjoy that game.

I posted pics a while ago of this Osprey on it's nearby nest.
On this day I watched him fly in circles carrying a fish.
I think he may have been lost and didn't want to ask for directions...

And there he goes, off in another direction.
Someone's going to get yelled at for being late with lunch...

Until we meet again...see ya out there somewhere!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Uh...Where Am I and What Day Is It?...

 This is a photo of my thoughts on an average day...

 So...more pics from a few weeks ago...or maybe longer...at Tallmadge Meadows. Great birds, a nice long walk, and even good folks to talk with, what could be better? One day we'll be up to the current date, butt I doubt it. What fun would that be?

In other news, due to my gracefulness, inattention and vertigo...I learned that a Canon 7D MkII, 1.4x converter and 500mm lens do not bounce when dropped from a very tall tripod onto cement. The noise was not good...the noise that came out of my mouth that is. I've since apologized to my neighbors. The camera has been serviced, and amazingly quickly, and works fine. The converter is still away being serviced by the slowest warranty company available. I'm still working with the lens as is. It seems to focus well, at a far distance not so much. It too will go away soon and I will be sad until I get to hold it again. Yes, I'm weird. 500 is my only friend. We're very close.

I'm getting too emotional right now...on with the show...(boo-hoo....)

 Lots of American Goldfinches greeting me straight away!
Just getting out of the car, and there's plenty to see!

 Yep, that's an American Goldfinch playing peek-a-boo while building a nest.

 I was hoping to get a few shots of this Baltimore Oriole...butt...

 "We'll have no photos today!"

 "Annoying paparazzi!"

 And poof...gone.
Next year...

 The insects were more obliging.
This Bumbly Bee stopped for a second to check things out...

 Deciding I was safe, he landed and called his friends for a Bee Balm Banquet.

 Peeking through the wildness, I spied a Chipping Sparrow.
Seconds later it disappeared...

 Just below this Common Yellowthroat, with a beak full of bugs, is a whining kid screaming for dinner.

 I do believe this is the female Common Yellowthroat.

 Aren't you glad you don't have to scratch your neck with your beak?

 Oops! I got caught laughing at him...

 Like so many birds today, this Downy Woodpecker was trying to hide from me.
I used deodorant!

 Name that bird!
I think it may have been a Willow Flycatcher...or not...

 My day of birding wouldn't be complete without at least one Song Sparrow!

 Quite close to the Common Yellowthroat nest was this young Gray Catbird...also screaming for food.
Kids...

 I was getting a severe scolding for being too close to the kids.
I respected their space and left.

 The fields were full of wildflowers and nectar loving insects like this Hummingbird Clearwing moth.

I saw more of these gorgeous moths this year than ever before.

 On the other hand, the butterflies have been sparse.
I saw a few of these Eastern Tiger Swallowtails today.

 Some like to eat upside down.
I tried that when I got home.
I'll never try it again...

 Even Song Sparrows like to stop and smell the flowers.

 What a beautiful voice!

 Junior is listening to dad sing with rapt attention.
Next year it will be his turn.

 Song Sparrows always get my attention too!

 This is one of the few Monarchs I've seen.
People really need to stop using so many chemicals in their gardens.
They kill more than pests!

 This was the only Spicebush Swallowtail I saw in the meadows.
I did see a few skippers, too small and distant for photos, and lots of Cabbage Whites which aren't native.

 I think I was standing still too long looking for butterflies.
This Turkey Vulture started circling me....with a smile on his face...



We're all behind sometimes!

I'll post a few newer photos this week and we'll see what shape the lens is in...crossed fingers!