Sunday, February 10, 2019

Dreaming of May!...


Wandering through my photo files I've discovered a few that I never went through. Oops. This latest assortment of happy burdz is from this past May during the Biggest Week festivities at Magee Marsh, the happiest burd place on earth!


 An American Woodcock in action hunting for worms...

 ...and rudely picking at his nether regions...

 There's always a Bald Eagle in the area, though I prefer the wee little burdies!

 I'm still struggling to get a good shot of a Bay-breasted Warbly.
They always seem to be over me and hidden behind foliage.
At least I got this shot in focus...mostly...

 These Black-throated Blue Warblies always create a stir when they appear.

 My only shot of a Blackburnian Warbly and his beautiful throat is hidden.
Next time...maybe...

 A Cape May Warbly on the prowl for some juicy bugs...yum.

 This Chestnut-sided Warbly posed so nicely for me.
They always seem to be cooperative.

 The Gray Catburb says meow.

Ovenbirds are another of those warblies that don't like their photos taken...always skulking about in the leaves on the ground.

I managed to find a break in the foliage to get a lovely butt shot of this Ovenbird.
Ha! Gotcha lil buddy!

See ya next time, thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019

What Day Is It?

 It's hard to sneak up on American Goldfinches to get the proper angle!

 Today's post goes back to two days in late November and early December when I visited my buddies at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Magee Marsh. (Yep, you're right. I haven't been out much lately with the camera...)

No lil warbly things out this time of year, butt there's always something to see out there...plus the people are nice!

 The Goldie caught me!
Sorry!

 Eastern Fox Squirrels ALWAYS seem to be eating...I wonder what that is?

 Still not a fan of European Starlings since they take over cavities that our native birds need to nest in.

 It was a bit on the cold and windy side and this Great Blue Heron was trying to hunker down to stay warm.
I asked if he wanted to sit in my car for a bit, he declined.

 Be vewy, vewy quiet...this Great Egret is hunting fwogs...shhhh...

 A Red-bellied Woodpecker striking a dramatic pose.

 Why looky there! They really do have a red belly, and this one is banded too!
Must have been a friend of Black Swamp!

 It's always fun to hear the crazy sounds these Rusty Blackbirds make!
There was a flock skulking through the wetlands.

 And he even turned around for me!

 Tufted Titmouseseses look so cute...butt I'll bet he would try to eat my face off if he was bigger.
I can tell by that look in it's eye...

 Speaking of face eaters, this White-breasted Nuthatch was busy eating the faces of bugs under the bark...

There were dozens of Wooly Bear caterpillars wandering across the boardwalk.
That stripe doesn't actually predict the harshness of the winter by the way...

One of these days I'll post something new...or more warblies from May to chase away the winter blahs!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Nice Walk...and a few crappy pics...


One of those days...

The weather has been unusual to say the least around here. It was a warm afternoon and I was done cleaning and all that fun stuff, Soooo I decided to go for a little birding jaunt around the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Beaver Marsh (where I've never seen a beaver.) This was before the shut down...and don't get me started on that morons idiotic game...

I thought it would be nice to find a few nuthatches (other than myself) and get some nice photos of whatever else may be around. What luck, just as I entered the trail, nuthatches were all around me...in the tree tops...and behind branches...or flying away.

Except for one that came down low just for me. Butt would he stay still long enough for a photo? Well, yes and no.

 I had him for a second, then he jumped up a little higher...fine I'll try again...

 Missed again...almost a butt shot.
Try one more time!

 Um, what the heck is that?!
I quit.

 Well, at least I got a slightly blurry pic of a Belted Kingfisher spitting.
Something you don't see everyday...

 I don't know what it was, but it was sitting still so I took a shot.

 I'm so glad that Mallards are large and slow moving or I wouldn't have had a thing for the day!

 He was very polite and came out of the water and posed for me.
Nice ducky.

Yep, I stayed a long time trying butt it was getting dark.
No butt shots today BUTT I did get a Moon that day!

Hopefully next time we'll do better...
Until we meet again...

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A Christmas Present...

 Who's my new visitor?

 SO, I've out visiting area parks lately trying to get a good shot of one of these visitors from Canada with no luck. I saw one briefly, then poof it was gone. Three different parks with no luck.

The first thing(well almost...) I do in the morning is check the feeders and see who's chowing down on my peanuts and suet. Go figure, after traipsing around parks for the past few weeks, a Red-breasted Nuthatch shows up at my feeder! I'm not leaving home again.

This little feather ball has been here a few days now and he makes number FIFTY on the apartment feeder bird list. I can't wait to see what fifty one will be...

 Ho-ho-ho by the way.
 I think he saw me in the window...

Lucky for me he doesn't care...

See you again soon!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Meandering in the Meadow...

 The saddest American Goldfinch ever.
He knows everything is going to be snow covered soon...

Holy Cowbird! This is an actual true to life almost up to date bloggity post! And no, I'm not even close to being caught up, butt what the heck, we're going to skip around and sing tra-la- tra-la. Whee.

So...this short extravaganza of avian photo journalism was made at the Tallmadge Meadows in Munroe Falls Park just a mere week ago. The weather has been very unusual, in case you haven't noticed in your neck of the woods. It was a Sunday that was very warm with even a little sun peeking in and out! I had a great walk for a few hours, spoke with a few other walkers and annoyed no one that I can recall.

So here ya go...some burdz...

 I noticed a man with a camera wandering off trail into the meadow(bad, very bad!) and looked up to see this American Kestrel parked at the top of a tree.
Of course, when said wanderer got to close the burd sped away.

 Don't you hate when you don't notice a stick in the middle of the frame because you can't see it in your tele lens?!
Anyway, this was a lone American Tree Sparrow...that flew after this one crappy shot.

My neck still hurts from bending far enough backwards to get a shot of this Blue Jay at the top of the tree...owie... 

AAAHHH!!!
I never saw a faceless Cooper's Hawk before! 

 Oh, nevermind...he was turned around looking at something...

 He was getting buzzed from above by a number of yakky burbs trying to chase him away.
He was deciding which one would taste better...

 I was surprised...and delighted to see a half dozens Eastern Bluebirds flying in and out of the berry bushes chowing down.

 The berries furthest away always taste better!

 I wonder if any of those were fermented yet?

 This is a Mourning Dove.
They are also known as Cooper's Hawks main course.
Bye-bye Mourning Dove.

A good day for burd buttz! 
Even a Northern Cardinal posed politely for a second.

Well, that's it for now, see you soon!