Thursday, September 15, 2016

Blahblahblahburdz buttz blahblahblah...

 A little Black-capped Chickadee busy pounding the brains out of a cute lil bug...aw.

 Yep. Blahblahblahblah...sometimes I have nothing nice to say, SO, I say blahblahblahblahblah. I could be a politician! Butt, we'll avoid that subject for now... Well guess what? I was at a park looking at burdz! Go figure. It's nice to get away from all of the crap in the news and wrap ones head around what's really important in the world. Let's just hope that those morons don't bulldoze it all in the name of progress and seven jobs for somebodies cousin.

Oops...there I go again! Sorry. Idiot moron politiciansssssorry...I just can't help it. ANYWAY...Cuyahoga Valley National Park...Ira Road...you know, where the beavers and the otters live? Wink, wink, nod, nod. Yeah, I've never seen them either. Vile rumors, that's all they are. Speaking of vile rumors, have you seen the TV ads for that idiot running for...oops...nevermind.

Yeah, the park, I was walking in the park one day, in the very scary month of...no, not May, September silly! I was lookin' at birdies! Yea! Burdz! A great day to be out and enjoying the sun and the birdz. It's been a record year for Green Herons in the valley...as you will soon see. The counts I've seen posted all have new record highs for those cute little green guys. A good sign of a healthy habitat.

So...shut up Dave...and let's look at some pictures of my day away from morons...

 LOTS of juvenile Cedar Waxwings were out clumsily trying to catch a meal.

 A Cedar Waxwing giving me a "sky five!"
"Yo, sup dawg?"
He was more of a "City" Waxwing...

 Out on a limb...just like some idiot moron politicians...oops again...

 Oooo...a hard bird from behind!

 Those flycatchers can be confusing!
He's a juvenile Eastern Phoebe.

 And another Eastern Phoebe.
I hadn't spotted one all summer until this day!

 Usually Great Blue Herons are too far away.
Not today!
This isn't cropped, he was really too close for my lens.

 If I go across the trail and off into the poison ivy(Oh sh**!) and the brambles, I can get a full shot!
Hmmm...why am I itching so much?
(Just kidding, poison ivy doesn't seem to bother me...lucky boy!)
 
 And another younger appearing GBH.

 I did warn you about the dearth of Green Herons, did I not? 
Here's the first one I spotted that day...

 ...and number two, slowly stalking it's prey...or doing a silly walk.
It's hard to tell with them...

 ...number three...
"Do my feet look too big?"

 ...number four...
Striking a pose...

 "WOW! Look at the size of that frog!"
So big, it's made his hair stand on end!

 ...and number five!...
He was the most well fed and the best hunter of the group...

 ...number six...
Hey, you got a little something stuck to your beak buddy!

 There ya go...much better.

 Nope, still no otters...

  Okay, back to being the mighty hunter...

 I have a number of crappy shots of him getting that fish, butt(ha!) I'll spare you...

 ...number seven!...wow!
There were a lot of youngsters out hunting fishies and froggies today!
Sushi...yum yum.
And people wonder why I don't want sushi...seen too many birds eating raw meals...ick.

 AND...number eight!
One survey had nine that morning.

 Yes, there were a few other birds that almost stood still for me...
Like this Hairy Woodpecker that kept flying back and forth over my head.
I got him anyway!

 I have the hardest time trying to get a photo of a Northern Cardinal.
They love to hide whenever I spot them!
 
 A cute Red Squirrel destroying an Ohio buckeye...
(That's a sports joke for my brother Phil.)

 And a pretty flower.
Awww...

 Oboy!
A Midland Painted Turtle FROM BEHIND!
You won't see that on any other blogs!

 This is what a Wood Duck looks like when he's doing the old soft shoe dance on a log.
They've been known to do that in the fall for thousands of years.
It's very well documented.
More true facts that I learned from my politician friends...
"If you don't the facts, make them up as you go along."

Yep, he smells BS too.
No, don't worry. It's not coming from you!

 This was a very young Wood Duck.
Most of the ones spotted were a bit older...just like my brothers!
Hahahahah! They're old! Hahahaha!
(This is a test to see if they really read all of the gibberish I write...)

Oh, that reminds me. time to clean up and get outta here!

Butt first...a public service message!...

 Don't text and drive...or swim!
This could happen to you and will your insurance cover a bent beak?
I'll bet not...

Until we meet again...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Meanwhile...Back at Ottawa...

 Oh those wacky Red-winged Blackbirds!
They just love to chase Bald Eagle teenagers!

Almost forgot about these! WAAAAAY back in July I kidnapped my brother Phil and dragged him out to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to search out those wee little migrating shorebirds. It was just a bit cloudy...I thought for sure it would clear up and things would be fine. And it did...then it didn't...then it did...then it didn't...then...well, we're here, so lets go on the driving tour through the refuge. At least we won't get wet...oh wait, the windows are open. Oh well...

It wasn't really too bad, a bit drizzly on and off and a little breezy...and I had my camera set to under expose from my last outing and forgot to change it back...oops. Lunch was great!... Yep. I wonder if Phil will ever go out there again?...nah...

 Bird buttz galore at least!
Caspian Terns cleaning up and a couple of those silly gray and white gully things too...

 *Helpful hint!:
When shooting with a telephoto lens, watch out for sticks RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!
Oops...

 A Great Blue Heron preening in the breeze...

 I'm not sure where they were all heading...but I love watching a parade!
(By the way, that's a Yellowlegs, a Great Egret, a Dowitcher and a Great Blue Heron.)

All that work preening to make his Egrety self look great and the winds messes it all up...

 It was a day full of Egrets...great ones and jive ones(me!)...

 Those goof ball Canada Geese are always trying to get into the picture!
I thought I was going to get a nice Greater Yellowlegs shot...darn gooseseses...

 Drive twenty feet...stop the car...drive twenty feet, stop the car...drive twenty feet...watch Phil get nauseous...drive twenty feet...stop the car...turn off the engine...take twenty photos of Greater Yellowlegs and Long-billed Dowitchers...drive twenty feet...repeat...

 Uh...Great Yellowlegs? I'm really getting confused about those yellowy legged birds!

 Yea!
A simple bird!
A male Indigo Bunting...no confusion with them!

 Nutz...
Another Yellowleg...looks like a lesser.
I think...
Maybe...

 Midland Painted Turtles don't look a bit like any of those lil shorebird peep things!

Purple Loosetrife sure looks pretty for such a bad invasive plant.
(Turns out this is Pickeral Weed! Thanks Ray!)

 I'm glad I don't have to catch fish with my face.

 Snowy Egrets are most excellent face fishers!
Try it the next time you're in a marsh...
I dare you...

This was the saddest little Song Sparrow I ever saw.
Not  a single song...aw.

 This young Tree Swallow picking a rough neighborhood to perch in...ouch.

 A subtle derogatory comment from a Trumpeter Swan.
(Wondered where that trumpeting sound came from? Now you know.)

Still haven't got a wildflower book...

 One of those confusing birds!
Look at her beak...bi-colored...and very plain plumage almost like a sparrow.
It's a female Indigo Bunting with lunch for the kids!
Easier than peeps...

Well that's the end of the journey through the refuge. Not many migrating peeps around on that day...of course the next week was chock full...because I wasn't there. Next year...yep, we'll try it again next year...right Phil?...Phil?...where's he go...hmmm...maybe I'll go alone...

By the way, no Otters were sighted during the making of this blog...