I finally got out and about for a little birding and walking. A lovely day in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park along the Tree Farm Trail. An old Christmas tree farm that was abandoned and left to grow wild over the years. It's become a wonderful habitat for dozens of species of birds!
It started out a bit cold, then really warmed up. The trails were a little icy and slippery...luckily I have a set of "Yak Trax", something I highly recommend to avoid slipping and watching your camera go boom. As it warmed, the trails turned slushy and muddy, wheeee!!! I somehow managed to walk over 5 miles zig-zagging through all of the trails in the area.
I heard a lot more birds than I saw...the spring sing has begun! Northern Cardinals, Black-capped Chickadees and Tufted Titmouseseses were the most vociferous of the flocks. There were Red-winged Blackbirds hiding near Horseshoe Pond and an invisible Barred Owl out there somewhere not to be seen...
All in all a good day to be out...and away from the political circus...but don't get me started...again...
I played peek-a-boo with this Black-capped Chickadee for quite some time.
I think he thought it was great fun to watch me take photos of empty holes...
He was there a second ago...
Back up to the top!
He was nice enough to wave at me to get my attention.
I thanked him...then he left.
If you look closely you will see the "ghost" of a Chickadee!
It was very dark in amongst the pines and I had my flash on...but I wasn't as fast as him!
There were a large number of Pine Siskins...
...of course, they were up in the tree tops...just a little out of reach.
The Song Sparrows were all over the meadow and the newer tree farm.
Once again, I was playing peek-a-boo.
That game is a tradition with birders.
Song Sparrows always offer the proper angle for me!
So, what is the proper plural for Tufted Titmouse?
I'm always trying to get my photos published, butt this isn't exactly what I had in mind!
The latest issue of Bird Watcher's Digest was kind enough to use a photo of me taken by The Doodles(even though they credited me.) And of course it's from behind!
"BIRDING WHEN YOU ARE OLD?!"
Gee thanks guys...
I going to take a nap now, thanks for stopping by!
...oh, my aching bones...ohhhh.....(that's old guy talk!)
LOL. I love your attitude about birds and lifeReplyDelete
My attitude has been a problem in the past...THanks!Delete
Chickadees put a lot of effort into their nest building. I had a nest off my back step one spring so had a front row seat as different pairs worked at it. How do I know this? It alternated between black caps and boreals.ReplyDelete
Who's the lucky boy?!Delete
Beautiful nests Dave, but it's a bit too cold, brrrrrr. Excellent images.ReplyDelete
Thanks Bob! It only feels cold until you go numb...Delete
Dedicated as always to get those 'natural' shots. Well done Dave.ReplyDelete
Thanks Frank...Gotta be natural in nature!Delete
A fun post!ReplyDelete
Thank you Lea!Delete
That's funny...featured in 'Birding When You Are Old'. Congrads I guess? Us AWAL Carolinians do so miss wonderful trails like Pine Tree Farm. And it was always nice to chill by the lake after a nice hike.ReplyDelete
Maybe you better move back...who knows what's going on up here while you're down there!Delete
:) Ahhhh....you gotta love it. What's it like birding when you're old?:) I've seen some very old birders who do it better than the younger ones! Looks wonderful. Enjoy the cool weather. Our heat in the desert here is already coming back:(ReplyDelete
Ha! One day you'll know what it's like! Remember that heat will keep your joints from getting too stiff while looking for birds...Delete
Tufted Titmouses??? :-) I just saw an add for those Yak Trax and since we are moving to Oregon I am thinking they would be a GOOD idea to get! Loved your hide-and-go seek photos! :-)ReplyDelete
I love those Yak Trax and always keep a pair in the car...saves the butt from bouncing off the ice!
You may not have seen the back of winter (which is appropriate for this site!) if the first week of 'Autumn' here is anything to go by! HOT!ReplyDelete
Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne
This has been the oddest winter I can remember, I've been out in shirt sleeves a few times!Delete