Monday, March 23, 2009

More of BSBO!

This was the first female Red-Winged Blackbird we spotted this year. SPRING!

As you can probably tell, I am very excited about this past weekend. You really need to go to the Black Swamp website to really get an idea of all they accomplish.

How impolite! This American Wigeon is literally picking on the American Coot and stealing his food. Rude.

Kim is so excited about getting more young people involved in birding. She started the Ohio Young Birders Club, which is being copied all over the country. These kids are amazing. I wish I had started birding at a younger age (even forty!) so I could be on par with these excellent young naturalists. Seeing that I don't often act my age, I joined the group, though they claim I'm an 'adult' supporter. Yea, right.
And then there's the banding and research going on at Black Swamp and the Navarre banding station behind the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant. Led by Julie and Mark Shieldcastle and a great group of volunteers, the research they perform is priceless.
That's Brian Zweibel in the back of the kayak. If you want great photos, that's what ya gotta do! He is one of the best photographers around and one of the volunteers at BSBO.

Oh, I should probably mention the cool bird walks, the gift shop run by our buddy, Hugh, the special events and programs put on monthly and the bad puns to be found wherever you go.

This Eastern Phoebe gave our necks a workout trying to track him as he zipped in and out of the scrub along the dike at Metzger Marsh.

I would also like to thank all the folks and the business alliance partners in Port Clinton that help out with the financial aspects of running this crazy place we all love!

Stay tuned for the next blog: Dux Deluxe!


  1. When I read the title of your post--all I could think of was, "With a rebel-birder yell, he cried more, more, more BSBO!" Just imagine if Billy Idol were secretly a birder. whoa...

    All kidding aside: Thanks for the continued support of the Observatory. You and Laurie have helped raise BSBO to this level, and I hope you'll continue to be a part of seeing it reach its full potential. It's exciting to consider all the great things that BSBO can do, and all the people we can reach through its mission.

    Many thanks ~kim

  2. Hi Dave,
    Woow that should have been a nice day!!! A lot of species and realy nice pictures. Well done!!

  3. Great blog fantastic images,love viewing them all.
    Well done