Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"Alternative Facts..."

 Oh those Gully things! Those are my FAVORITE birds!

I have decided to adopt the Untied(yes, that's what I meant) States glorious leaders motto of "Alternative Facts." From now on I shall use my alternative reality and its accompanying alternative facts on my blog.

Did you know?...there is no global climate change, no wars that can't be won with more weapons of mass destruction, no harmful pollution, chemicals in your food are good for you, drilling for oil is promotes healthier birds and the Trump administration is COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT with the public...Yes, it's all our alternative reality.

Thank you for listening if you're still here. That will be my rant for the month, after all, it's been a while since I've lost my cool here. Lucky you.

Speaking of alternative facts...a couple of weeks ago I called in...uh..."sick" from work on a Wednesday. The temps were going up to 60f! Ack-ack...I don't feel well...ack-ack... Plus there was a special visitor near my old house that wanted desperately to be photographed from behind. And I got the mad skills yo!

 Early in the morning and it was friggin cold out there!
Maybe it was the wind blowing across the ice...

 Hey look!
Out in the clear water was a Hooded Merganser!
Of course they weren't going to come any closer for me, butt at least he gave me the right view.

 I should mention that I am quite close to downtown Cleveland at Wendy Park.
And of course there's a Double-crested Cormorant searching the Cuyahoga River for something unfrozen to eat...

 Yep, more of my favorite gully type birds...hmmm...are those Lesser or Greater Black-backed Gulls on the breakwall?
Who cares...they're gulls.
Oh wait! I care! I almost forgot that I live in Bizarro World now.

 Right, and I saw 79 Northern River Otters walking through Public Square.

 Cold Duck.
Mallards to be exact.

 A poor lonely Lesser Scaup looking for friends.
I wasn't good enough.
Maybe because I can't swim.
"It's cool...I'll be fine...don't worry about me..."
Poor lil duckie.

 Yeah, it wasn't 60 standing by the lake.
Not even close!
I've been out there in worse though.

 I watched this Red-tailed Hawk chasing pigeons.
No luck for him...he gave up and had a rest atop this pole.
I never saw one chase pigeons before.

 This is one of those hidden picture photos.
Find the gull.
Good luck.
Prize winners will be announced in 4 years...

 I'm still like a little kid(watch it!) 
I get excited when I see tug boats chugging through the harbor.
 This is why I took the day off...wait, I was sick...yeah...and on the way to the doctors office I saw this Ross's Goose!
Yeah, that's the answer...yep.

 Why are you looking at me like that?
Would I lie?

I'll leave you now with this lovely feathery fanny.

And good luck with that other behind in Washington. That's a butt shot I can live without.

See ya!


  1. Well, it sounds like you don't like Trump! I wonder why. Well, no. I don't want to ask for another rant!

  2. Wonderful photos! Fresh air is good when you aren't feeling well. ; )

  3. The Hooded Merganser is so beautiful. Amazing observations!

  4. Nice! I like gulls - in fact the otter than lives under my desk helps me with the IDs whenever I have a problem. And he shifts the unicorn poo from the front step!

    Sorry about slow reply - I have been in New Zealand and blogging has taken a bit of a back seat.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  5. Ha, I've been SO close to going on a major rant on my blog too. But if I let myself get started I won't be able to stop. Bizarro World, indeed! Love the Hooded Merg, and cormorants are such cool of my faves. Have a great week. :) ~Kim