Friday, November 4, 2011

The Further Adventures of..."The Longest Twitch!"

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"The Longest Twitch" continues...another stop on our long draw out goal of visiting all of the Lake Erie Birding Trail sites was Bradstreet's Landing in Rocky River. This is a great site...mostly because it's walking distance from home...but there's been an amazing amount of "odd ducks" spotted from the pier. Other than me of course. Since me and The Doodles showed up on this bright autumn day...only one duck came into view. Oh time.

Lots of those gray birds were out.
Some were light gray.
Some were dark gray.
Some couldn't believe I was looking at them.
Ring-billed Gulls.
I didn't see them wearing any rings.

This is the creek that runs into Lake Erie through Bradstreet's Landing.
It has a name.
If you remember it, let me know.

White-throated Sparrows enjoy playing hide and seek.
I don't particularly enjoy it.

This pier is great for spotting things out on the lake.
Also for fishing.
For fish.

Did I mention all of the gray birds that can be seen out here?
In January there's even more gray birds.
And it's cold.

That's a duck.
It's a Ruddy Duck.
And a couple more gray birds.

Every step on our journey has to end with a butt shot!
A little Ring-billed Booty for you!

You can tell this is Rocky River Park because the sign says so.

Next stop on this sunny day was Rocky River Rocky River. There are great overlooks in sheltered areas to view the lake when the weather is a little rough. Luckily this day was sunny and warm. And busy. I've only been here in the winter and fall and have never seen the place so busy. We once visited with Kelly from "Red and the Peanut" January...brrrr. We did see hundreds of Mergansers sailing past among other ducks close to shore. We'll definitely be back in the winter.

Soon these beautiful colors will be gone...and covered in white stuff.

Great. More hide and seek.
This time I waited out this Hermit Thrush and caught him!
Your it.

The Blue Jay wasn't as easy to catch...
I like the color contrast.

This shot is for my Euro friends.
They like the Starling more than we do...

Speaking of Euro friends.
This is one of the few times you'll ever see me on the phone.
I'm talking to our buddy Roger from England.
Hi Rog!

No natives home.
Just an empty driftwood teepee.

The Doodles gives this park five stars for the number and variety of benches.
That will be a new feature in our Twitch series...

This is the booty shot for Rocky River!
Know what it is yet?


"At least you could have asked first!"

The squirrel laughed.
"Birders...silly humans."


  1. You did a lot of work for this one. Birds that are hiding in trees aslo make for a great photo.

  2. Lake Erie it nice to go out and enjoy, so I am told. The Ring-billed Gull is my favourite and, I did laugh at the Squirrel.

  3. So seriously, when you put Oak Openings on the Longest Twitch list, you must let us know. You can hang out with me, enjoying the life of the World's Laziest Birder. Seriously, dude.

  4. It looks like a wonderful place to visit.
    Lovely to see the Ruddy Duck as it was a real favourite of mine until our government spent over £4 million to eradicate them from our shores.

  5. :-) Ah have such good birding spots!'s always a surprise to see my name when I'm not expecting it. I remember that day. It was soooo cold. Cold, cold, cold, cold. I loved seeing the huge flock of mergansers, though. It was worth it. Say hi to the Doodles for me!

  6. Excellent psot once again Dave, and the creek picture is sumptuous, probably a nice place to sait and wait for birds ;-) I love your gray birds, it happens that two are lost every winter in Iceland ;-) And the butt (sorry) I prefer is the one of the squirrel ;-)