Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A long walk, and a few good birds...

"You never seen a Northern Cardinal eat before? Sheesh take a picture, it'll last longer..."
So I did.

Me and the Doodles decided to go to Pearson Metropark in nearby Oregon, Ohio. We've only been there a few times, and since there was duck hunting at Magee, what the heck...

They have a great "Window on Wildlife" to watch the local birds fill up on free seed...and the squirrels cleaning up after the piggy birds. But we really needed a walk..and a few good birds!

The Doodles looked at the trail map and picked a short one. She broke her little toe a while ago and it's still a problem on long hikes. We started out on our short sojourn on the one mile path. Things were a bit quiet...then we spotted the first of THREE Sharp-shined Hawks! That might have something to do with it! "Hmmm, this path seems a little longer than a mile" Than Doodles noticed a two mile marker...with one more mile to get back to the car. Oops. Swollen toe. Oh well...

It's always good to see a Bald Eagle. We ended the day with six!

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. A good name for most politicians...

So, I see this little Black-capped Chickadee posing for a photo.
I aim my camera, click goes the shutter...where'd he go?!

Okay, I'll try again. He's posing nicely on this branch...SONOFABIRCH!

ARGH! I give up...

I hate to say it, but I hope this Sharp-shinned Hawk gets that Chickadee.
(It's a joke, no letters please!)

Speaking of not sitting still...this White-breasted Nuthatch
was hopping all over this tree trying to find the best hiding place for his seed.

The nice thing about this time of Hornets to come buzzing out after you!

There are LOTS of American Robins in this park!

By the way...check out "World Bird Wednesday" on The Pine River Review blog!

"Save the Burdz and sign the petition at the top of Loopy's blog!"



  1. What unusual shots you have here but my favorite has to be the beautiful Cardinal. Just perfect!

  2. I can so relate to your bird photography frustrations. That was funny! I specialise in photographs of empty branches still warm from the butts of song birds so your a half second faster than I am if that's any consolation!

  3. I like the shot of the Chickadee wing. I specialize in shots called ``That is where a bird used to be``

    The cardinal shot is tremendous.

  4. Excellent set of the chickadee, my favorite for sure, but the squirrel, mate, that's a picture!

  5. Thanks Suz!

    Springman, if you ever need any more stick and leaf shots, let me know! Maybe you should boost up your ISO a bit...

    Hi Harold, We all share the same curse it seems! Thanks.

    Chris, if you need any squirrels, I have about six in our garden right now!

  6. Ha I love the chickadee photos also.. They can be little buggers for sure!

  7. Those are the nicest birds and the squirrel, and I have done it, signing the petition.

  8. Cool blog! Birds from behind, that's the best bird-blog name I've ever heard, I guess everyone have a lot of those shots :)

  9. Hi Jen...gotta love them fast little birdies!

    Thank you for signing Bob.

    Thanks Oyvind...yes, I have a LOT of those shots...