Friday, February 11, 2011

Burdz and Buttz...and more burdz...

Somewhere under the ice is the Rocky River...somewhere...

These photos are in my computer and they needed to come out! It's getting crowded in there, so here's some more of our Sunday walk in Rocky River Reservation. (By the way we didn't walk in the river.)

Once again, this is what a Black-capped Chickadee is SUPPOSED to look like.

This is what a Black-capped Chickadee looks like when his toupee blows off.
Doodles says that's what I look like without a hat...shessh...

Fox Sparrows are good looking even when food is hanging out of their beaks!

The Fox Sparrow showing some booty for the camera!

This is the very rare 'Ice Owl' or 'Bubo Glacies'...they live in ice holes.
Insert your own joke here...

We were freezing, imagine this poor female Northern Cardinal...
just sitting in that branch...
waiting for her hubby to finish pigging out...

"Oh! This is DELICIOUS! Honey! Wait til you taste this stuff!"
Make her wait any longer and she's gonna peck your eyes out.

This is a Red-tailed Hawk.
See the Hawk.
See the Hawk fly.
The Hawk has a stick.
Watch the Hawk beat Dave with the stick.
Run David, run!

No, no, no...he didn't really beat me with that stick(Doodles tried though.)
He is building a nest in an evergreen right over the trail.
We saw him there last year also, but when the leaves come out on the surrounding trees, he disappears.

Did you know that Song Sparrows are excellent down hill skiers?
You won't find that in your Kaufman Bird Guide!

When we first spotted this one skulking in the shrubs,
we thought he was a White-throated Sparrow. But he looked so dark!
Turns out he's a Swamp Sparrow waiting for the swamp to thaw.

Tufted Titmouse.
The name makes me giggle.
I'm so immature.
I bet you just giggled too.

This White-breasted Nuthatch was so busy hiding everything he found that he forgot to eat any of it!

How often do you see a Red-bellied Woodpecker from this angle?

This is more normal...especially for me!
So, why do they call it a Red-bellied Woodpecker?

You know there's too much snow and you have a little cabin fever when this happens!

Looky here at this link to the "Featured Bird Blog of the WEEK!"
Yes! I am slowly brain washing the world....mwa-ha-ha!


  1. Great photos of the birds Dave!! Love your sense of humor!! That poor little Chickadee. I wonder if it ever gets a mate looking like that??? Great snowman!! Ha! Ha! I don't know much about the sparrows. I guess I call them all either house sparrows or white throats. It's hard to tell them apart. I have seen those little fox sparrows but didn't know what kind they were.

  2. Good golly, this makes me wonder what else is lurking in your computer....

  3. Lovely photos : )
    And the snowman is too cute ; )

  4. Well, really you got a fantastic collection of pictures and I would love to see them all and get this kind of pictures. But the last one man, well it made me laugh like crazy!

  5. Bob, I'm so glad I discovered your blog. It brings me great joy! I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about you on the Featured Bird Blog of the Week!! And every time I import pictures and find that I have photographed the wrong end of the bird, I think of you! ~karen

  6. always crack me up, and CONGRATS on being bird blogger of the week!!

  7. Very enjoyable... you made me giggle, laugh out loud and smile. :) Thanks.

  8. Thanks everyone! I hope no one was hurt reading this stuff...

  9. Great Post Dave...I sometimes get hurt reading your sides split.
    Oh and why does KaHolly keep calling you that an inside joke?

  10. Thanks Dawn...and sorry about your split sides. Try some super glue, works for me.
    The "Bob' thing has just become an inside joke...

  11. It takes a lot of time and effort to get these shots and display them as you do.
    I know you didn't walk on the walked on the water!!!!

  12. Brilliant shots Dave, especially the nuthatch and the woodpecker. you have my undying admiration for going out in that amount of snow - Brrrr!

  13. Thanks Red, no water for me thanks...a little too cold!

    Thanks Phil, the snow's not too's the trying to find the Doodles when it's over her head that's a problem!