Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Not Magee Marsh...

 Who's my favorite lil warbly thing?

Nope, not Magee this week. Too much of a good thing and all that...So, I went to the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve...on the Cleveland. Just on the edge of downtown, this is part of the Lake Erie Birding Trail and it is a reclaimed area created by the dredging of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.   This place is amazing, considering where it's located and what it's made of. LOTS of birds, butterflies, mammals and reptiles have made it their home. An oasis amidst a pile of cement.

The trails are easy to walk, and improvements are being made in a large wildflower meadow. Be careful though...the bathrooms aren't always open! That just made me walk a little faster near the end...
 Black-and-White Warblies are goofier than me. Hard to believe.

An American Redstart nested here last year...maybe again this year!
I also spotted a Chestnut-sided Warbly in this same area as well as an Ovenbird.
You don't want to see those photos...ugh.

 This female Baltimore Oriole was trying to hide from all of the obnoxious males.
Hmmmm...just like humans...
              "Oh Yeah?!"                                                                                     "Yeah!!"                     
  These guys were having a "whistle off." I got bored and didn't see who won.

 I think this was a Brown-headed Cowbird doing his imitation of a plane landing at the airport next door...or not.
 "No, no, no. It was more like this! Look and learn!"
 Oh my! It's the "marsh bandit!"'s a Common Yellowthroat.
My mistake...
 Go meow.
 I think this is a Least Flycatcher.
That's why the photo is so small.
 This is a test.
Who's doing the scrub-a-dub here?
Four score and twenty blackbirds ago, our Lincoln's Sparrow washed behind his beak.
I think I need a nap now...
 This is an amazingly poor photo of an Osprey with a fresh wiggly fish lunch.
Something you don't see in downtown Cleveland everyday!

 This Ruby-crowned Kinglet has lost his crown in the weeds.
Not funny, but I'm tired...
 This is a Song Sparrow making up a song.
It was a nice song that he sang.
 This is a Warbling Vireo doing nothing.

 This is a Wild Turkey hiding while checking his calendar.
"Ahuh-huh...nope. It ain't November yet...ahuh..."

 You guessed it...a Yellow Warbly warbling.

 This is a Yellow Warbly looking at me in disdain.
"Get a new joke book Loop!"
 WOWIE! Look at those crazy legs! Woo-hoo!
 Another rare one for the Cleveland lakefront, a Red-throated Loon.
At first glance, and at a far distance, it was thought to be a Western Grebe...oops.

 It slept as we rudely stared in hopes that it may float closer and turn around...

What a rude little bird!
Coming soon!!! 
More from Magee Marsh! More Warblies! More bad jokes! 
Stay tuned!


  1. This is a bonus post today with many fine feathers. I had to go back and look for the bather once I saw who it was.

  2. Great pictures - American warblers are just great - although I suppose they are a bit of a headache when you start!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

    1. No headaches...only neck aches from looking up so long! Thanks Stewart!

  3. What a great collection of bird photos. You are great at getting such clarity! AND being able to identify such a variety.

    1. I take photos so I can go home and look up the birds in my many(too many?) field guides...a little cheating?

  4. My comment seems to have been lost. Oh well, I was praising your photos, the variety of birds and your ability to ID them! What is your telephoto lens? Im sure we have a variety here, but I am not so adept at finding them!

    1. Not lost, I'm just a little slow some days. I'm using a Canon 300mm 2.8 telephot with a 1.4X teleconverter for most photos Some of the older posts were made when I used the Canon 100-400 zoom. I like the fixed focus much more, brighter and sharper...when I'm not shaking things up...

  5. What a treasure trove! Beautiful!

  6. Cowbirds are so funny when the strut and display. We had at least a dozen in our yard last year, but not many this year, so we haven't been able to watch. Nice photos, as always!

    1. Yo Cindi! Goofy cowbirds...I like when they moo.

  7. Wow, what a post! One would normally not expect such a variety of birdlife so close to a large metropolis.
    Some of your jokes may be a little ams,but I like them all the same.

  8. Excellent series, so many beautiful birds.

    1. Thank you Gunilla...appropriate last name to be at my blog by the way...

  9. Bird Butts and Bad jokes..seem to go together ;) happy you are sneaking off to get some birding in