Saturday, February 5, 2011

Doodle-oo in Too-lee-doo!

The National Center for Nature Photography is in the Secor Metropark.

We weren't quite cold enough sitting at the BirdMobile, so we(meaning the Doodles!) decided to take a tour of two of Toledo's Metroparks where it was even colder. We started at Secor, the home of the National Center for Nature Photography where none of my photos are on display. I can't understand why.

We took a quick walk about then went inside to view the action at the feeders and to thaw out a bit. When the Photo Center opened we went in to view the excellent photos on display(again, I don't understand why I haven't received a call yet!) While there, a very helpful naturalist type of guy told me about good areas for birding and the surrounding trails. He had a familiar look, but I always say that. We looked at some gorgeous photos of Kellys Island by Art Weber. Then the light went on in my tiny brain! That helpful guy IS Art Weber! We talked about his book "Wild Ohio" that I remembered selling when I worked for The Nature Company. Small world, eh?

Then back out into the arctic tundra for a walk in the woods...brrr...

The reason this Black-capped Chickadee is still?
He's actually frozen solid.

You can tell this is a Dark-eyed Junco by his dark eyes.

Dear me. Deer Mouse.
Needs a John Deere plow.

The Doodles wrapped up against the cold posing with someone that didn't wrap up.

Okay, I haven't gotten a single Accipiter right yet.
I'm gonna say Sharp-shinned Hawk and you're gonna tell why it isn't.

He's sure lookin' sharp in any case!

We made Bobb leave the house, that smile on his face is deceptive.
He 's planning more chaos...

Secor, home of the evil, angry Squirrels.

At least they have a few cute Tufted Titmouseseses...or is it Miceses?
I can't wait to get the next edition of Kenn Kaufman's Peterson Advanced Birding Guide to find out which is correct!

"Hey buddy! You're headed the wrong way!"
Silly Nuthatches...

You can tell by the dejected look on this White-throated Sparrow that he's sick of snow too.

The Black-capped Chickadee is still here...and still frozen...from behind.

By the way, check out my new friend Marci's blog...and look where she located the link to "Birds From Behind"...I got the best fans!


  1. A beauty of winters wildlife, shrivelled up but, there is a life. Thanks for helping the forests.

  2. Hahaha...that snowman is a little scary. He looks like he has a stitched Franken-mouth or something (and another little head on top?). Evil squirrels...frozen chickadees...

    p.s. Tell the Doodles I say hi!

  3. A brilliant post Dave - brought a big smile to my face!!

  4. Yeah, Art Weber, a sorta kinda naturalist type of guy. One of the bestest naturlist kinda guys.

    And everybody knows it's Titmooses.

  5. I love the little Deer Mouse ...mice if there are more than one. So, that leads me to believe..titmice...however, I have been known to be wrong too. The snowman is a little too much like Hannibal - is that squirrel beside it still with us?

  6. Excellent as usually... How do you want me to read such a post with a sickness.... I got all cramped up because I laugh so much... But that's good mate, thanks for that and thanks for your kind words ;-)

  7. Thank you for what you're doing Bob!

    Doodles says Hi Back Kelly!

    A smile a day Matt, keeps the boogie man away!

    Marianne, I'm so glad to know someone else as normal as me!

    Susan, that snowman was a little on the scary side...Bobb is still having nightmares.

    Chris, I'm sooo sorry! Not really. Thanks for stopping by, get better soon!