Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rainy birding...

The last warbly of the year...
This Black-throated Blue Warbly popped out a posed for me!
They're so nice...

The Doodles had family fun keeping her ran away and went birding! Please don't tell her. It was a drizzly morning, but I managed to keep the camera dry.

I decided to take a short hike through Rocky River Reservation, part of the Lake Erie Birding Trail too! I can't count this towards our goal of visiting every part of the trail because I crept out here without you know who! In any case, this is a great park, close to our home and there's always something good to see!

Black-capped Chickadee with caffeine over load.

Black-capped Chickadee looking for coffee.

Canada Goose not laughing at my joke.

Green Frog not laughing either.

Midland Painted Turtle not laughing and running away.
Run turtle, run.

Alien living in tree and laughing.

Red-bellied Woodpecker preparing to poop on me.
Ha. Missed.

Why looky there! That White-breasted Nuthatch has a little bracelet!
I was surprised at how many birds were banded out here.

And here's a Downy Woodpecker with a band!

I saw two Tufted Titmouseseses with bands!
Neither sat still for me...

Where's Waldo?
Somewhere there's a Red-winged Blackbird in there!
It was like watching a "Whack-a-Mole" game in action!

These Black-eyed Susans didn't fly away.

I like wildflowers. They don't move too much.

They are hard to get butt shots of though...

...or should I say "bud" shots...?

These guys were complaining about my humor too...
Chickadees say very mean things...

Oh no...more...
Bookin' With Bobb!

That wonderful Jessica keeps me busy with the books from Princeton University Press!
I mentioned two last week and I have two more to talk about.

The first is "The Atlas of Birds" by Mike Unwin. I just started reading this and what a cool book! This is a great learning tool, it lists the bird families, their habitats and behaviors. The subtitle is "Diversity, Behavior and Conservation" and it definitely covers all those subjects in an easy to read and concise format. This is a highly reccomended book!

"Birds of Hawaii, New Zealand and the Central and West Pacific" by Ber van Perlo is more of a dream book for me. When Jessica first mentioned this, I thought "Gee, doesn't Hawaii only have about 50 species?" Then I got the book and realized how much area it covers with over 750 species of feathery things! It's a good basic checklist type of book with color plates of all the birds along with range maps and brief details about the birds. I may never use this one...but you never know!

That's all for now...


  1. I did laugh, I really did Dave. Brilliant set of pictures.

  2. Entertaining post. The alien reminds me of Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.