Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Just a Little Rusty...

Ha. Rusty Blackbirds. Get it?
"Just a little Rusty!"
Never mind...

 One more local park down...and I'm sure quite a few more to go! This trip was to Silver Springs Park in Stow. The folks I met in the parking area said it was a nice woodland area with a couple of miles of trails...they didn't mention they were unmarked. Did ya ever notice when all the leaves are down and they cover the forest floor...everything looks the same! I only became "Mis-directed" once...and ended up by the main road on the opposite side of where I wanted to be. Oh well...at least it was a beautiful day to be out...and lost.

I knew there was a dog park attached...but I didn't realize that everyone there with a dog would have them unleashed. I like dogs (we have a couple of "in-security" dogs at work to keep us company) but in a park they should be leashed. If you visit this park beware of dogs that growl at cameras on tripods and sometimes snap...and bark and scare the birds that you're trying to shoot. Am I ranting again? Sorry...

Anyway, when I left I went to visit my bro Phillio and further the days adventures in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The day became much sunnier and warmer, though since Phillio is not a morning person, the birding was a little on the quiet side. But the weather was gorgeous for a stroll through the Ledges area and Virginia Kendall Lake. One day I'll wake his butt up early...maybe in the spring when it's warm again...I don't think he likes frozen walks either...kids...

 I was trying to get closer to these Rusty Blackbirds...
...I was doing well sneaking and creeping(I am a creep after all!)

 ...when a loose Pit Bull came barking and running at me.
He got mine and the Rusty's attention.
They flew away...I didn't move until the owner got him.
I heard those stoopid burdz laughing at me.

 This American Robin just stared at me.
Didn't like the way I looked I guess.

 I saw a lot of zooming birds like this Downy Woodpecker.
Woof! Zoom...

 At least the Eastern Gray Squirrels are friendly!
"Hi Loopy!"

 This Northern Flicker was busy chasing bugs and chowing down!

 And here is again...a little action shot I thought you might enjoy...or not.
At least he missed my camera!
Better luck next time...

 Lots of Red-bellied Woodpeckers out stashing acorns for the winter!
(Don't tell him the squirrels will probably find it and eat it first!)

 I hardly ever get a clear view of a Hairy Woodpecker...one of these days.

 Now over to The Ledges...
At the beginning of the trail we saw this Red-bellied Woodpecker hammering away at this Bald-faced Hornets nest.
 There must still be some critters in there!

 Walking along the Ledges trail is a wonder. These formations are from the ice age.
It's amazing how these trees grow in and around the rocks.

 When you get up and close you can see where water and an ancient sea wore away the rocks.

 If you're a fan of lichen and moss, you'll love this trail.

 Me as rock art.
Totally rockin' it...totally.

 Don't tell Phillio I posted this pick of him making a face and walking goofy.
I told him I wouldn't use it.

 I always check out hollows in trees.
You never know who may be hiding in there!
This time it's a Racoon's fat fuzzy fanny.
My only photo from Kendall Lake....figures it would be a butt shot!

That's all for now!
See you soon...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Visit to Munroe Falls...

(...and I still haven't found the falls...)

 This is along the Indian Springs Trail...

 We had a nice autumn amble through Munroe Falls park a couple of weeks ago. (Yes, I am behind, butt isn't that the point of this blog?) Warm temps and lovely colors, what a surprise to find this area!

Part of the Summit Metro Park system, this area has two sections, a wonderful woodland loop trail and a large open meadow loop. Also in this park is a large swimming lake, small ponds for fishing and a picnic area...a little something for everyone!

There are still quite a few parks in this area to discover and bird, some will wait until spring, others I'll give a try and look for our year round residents. In the meantime...have a look!

 There were dozens of American Robins singing and hopping around in the trees gulping down as many berries as they could.

 One of my previous posts showed the Black-capped Chickadee spinning on a leaf in the breeze in this park...this is his smarter relative hunting in more stable areas...
 It was a breezy day with leaves falling all around and sometimes branches dropping.
We heard a loud thud next to the trail and assumed it was a large limb.
Nope, it was this little Eastern Chipmunk.
I still can't believe the bang he made as he hit the ground!
He had to rest his sore head on this branch for a while...

 If you look really hard...you won't see anything...

 This Hermit Thrush is waving hello.
At least that what I think he was doing...though there was an odd thrushy smell in the air...hmmm...

 It was neat watching this Red-bellied Woodpecker using his tail to support his body on this loose branch. Makes you wish you had a tail.

 The Tufted Titmouseseseses tail doesn't work quite the same way...

 A definite sign of autumn in Ohio is the arrival of the White-throated Sparrows.
I also saw a small flock of Dark-eyed Juncos, they would pose. Rude little birds.

 Doodles managed to spot this Yellow-rumped Warbler high in the woodland.
I managed to get one shot.
So sad, last warbly of the season.

 The meadow was packed with thistle and Common Milkweeds like this.
I'll bet this place will be butterfly heaven next summer!

 There were gangs of hopping mad Grasshoppers hopping along the trail with me.
*None were harmed in the making of this blog...

 Stoopid European Starling.

 There's a short boardwalk at the far end of the meadow.
Something was hopping around underneath and I couldn't quite make out what it was.
Finally he popped up and posed for me!
One of my favorite cutie Song Sparrows.
(Actually, they're all my favorites...)

It's an early White-crowned Sparrow!
Well, It was exciting to me...

 Ooooo...pretty flowers!


 I think the Monarchs had already passed through, but I was happy to see this lone Viceroy butterfly still finding flowers to nectar on.
 That's all for now!

Get out and enjoy a little nature!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Going For A Spin...

On our fall visit to Munroe Falls Park...in Munroe Falls, Ohio...we saw a few fall migrants passing through...butt this very determined Black-capped Chickadee is the bird that got my attention.

There must have been something extra juicy wrapped up in that leaf, maybe a gooey grub or crackly caterpillar...yummy! It was a breezy morning and this low branch was in the open where the wind would catch it. This little guy kept hanging on while the leaf would spin back and forth and round and round! Being one with vertigo, I was getting dizzy watching him trying to hang on. I don't know how he did it.

He finally got his prize and flew off...in a slightly ziggy zaggy  pattern...

 Almost lost it there!

 The breeze picked up again!

 Never give up!