Wednesday, February 16, 2011

No Signs of Spring...

Accipiter. From Behind.
Sharpie or Cooper's?

No signs of "Spring" here! Fine. Go through my last post again and click on the landscape pics. NOW do you see the signs of "SPRING?" I try so hard sometimes...maybe too hard. Don't worry, I'll soon find something new to torment you with! MWA-HA-HA-HA!!!

So, where were we? Oh yes, Wildwood Preserve Metropark in Toledo. This preserve was formely the estate of Robert Stranahan, the founder of the Champion Spark Plug Company.
Now it's a gorgeous place for birding with good trails, feeders, boardwalks and historical buildings...but no springs...

Now I know why so many birds were roosting close to this guy.
I wonder who he had for lunch...

Feeders galore for the birds.
The Doodles eats seeds, being a veggie head.
I had to drag her away.
Silly girl.
I want a hamburger.

This is a boardwalk.
We didn't walk on it.
But you can walk on it.
Maybe with a little less snow you could walk on it.
Or not...

No, this Blue Jay wasn't singing.
He was flipping little seed bits in the air, then catching them.
Blue Jays are show offs.

This is a tree with a hole in it.
There's nothing in that hole.
You can check if you want.
Told ya.

Tufted Titmouse...still a funny name.
He's angry that I laughed at his name.
He is also angry because I tried to steal his peanut.
I was hungry...

So many jokes about nuts...the Doodles said NO!

Fine, the Squirrel didn't think it was funny either...

Downy Woodpecker.
I've been grounded by the Doodles.

Good night, I have to go to my room now.


  1. That's what you get!!! (Great post) ~karen

  2. Great series

    I vote Sharpie, the head seems comparatively small

  3. A Tufted Titmouse in flight with peanut?! Sir, you've nothing left to prove to the world of wild life photography.
    Incidentally, while flying back from Florida yesterday afternoon our route took us over your very frozen Lake Erie. I am sad to report at 35,000 feet we could still see no spring. Nuts!

  4. Spring will come soon enough Dave. We are closer than few weeks ago ;-) Beautiful message as usually, I love this tit shot where it goes away with the nuts ;-)

  5. Lovely bird of prey, and your saying, it's funny, ha ha.

  6. Karen...OH YEAH?! Well, fine.

    Thanks Harold, Accipiters make my brain itch. It had a square tail also, Sharpie it is.

    Thanks Spring! Next time tell me when you're flying over and I'll hold the spring up for you.

    Thanks Chris...I think...

    Thank you Andrew.

    Thanks Bob, by the way, are you laughing at me or with me?

  7. Wonderful, humorous post and lovely photos too!

  8. I think you're right Dave that sharpie has a full crop now - should keep the cold at bay.

  9. Thank you Pat!

    Yep Phil, that is one happy Sharpie!

  10. Love the seed flipping and the nut action!!!
    Great Post!

  11. Dave- It does not surprise me that you have goshawks about your area. That last photo of yours is a Northern goshawk. The Christmas accipiter. Notice the head size compared to the body and the shoulders. Also the base of the tail is very broad and this broadness is carried throughout the length of the completely folded tail.You said "Oops,Did I do it again?"
    Then "Gosh..." I do believe you can delete the "H" of gosh. The Best - Nelson Briefer- goshawk specialist- Anacortes, WA. My ebook "The man who saw too many goshawks" is available from

  12. Dave,

    My wife is writing an inspirational book. Your wonderful picture of the blue jay tossing seeds would fit right in with the context of one of her stories. Would it be possible to gain your permission to use it?

    Del Hardegree