Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Rant Free Post...pretty much...

 An American Tree Sparrow from the proper angle.

Finally back out into the wild...sort of...I had a nice sunny and warm walk in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Sunday morning while most people were worried about some silly football game. 

I started at the Ira Road trailhead, wandered down to Szalay's Farm which has great corn on the cob dripping with butter when the season is right, then found a couple of small paths that led into the quiet and peaceful woods towards the Cuyahoga River. No joggers, no dog walkers, no gun toting "occupiers," just me and a few birds.

 I spoke with a few fellow birders and they directed me to a tree with my buddy the Eastern Screech Owl taking a little nap.

 A little closer view of lazy bones...he moved a few times to catch the warmth of the sun.

 Why is it that Northern Cardinals refuse to sit still for me?
This female only cared about the suns rays and ignored me...at last!

 Like I said the birds were few...at least the ones that allowed a photo!
Hard to tell from here, butt this is a White-throated Sparrow, tell tale booty...honest.
Look it up...

I've been going through old files that I somehow missed in the past. Soooo....look for a few posts of warmer weather and assorted and sundry sights soon!

Ta-ta for now!

*By the way Blogger is still screwed up and I haven't received any replies from my complaints...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A special message...

For the "terrorists" that have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge...

I hope they don't do too much more damage to the refuge and the archaeological site before the law enforcement officials finally decide to do something and take control of the situation. I don't understand why it's taking so long for the government to take action against these terrorists that are ruining an area dedicated to preserving wildlife for ALL American citizens and not just the ones that own too many cows.

Apparently white men with automatic weapons are immune from the law and us plain folks with binoculars have to suffer the consequences. Truly a shame.

Thank you for tolerating my rant...if you agree, please contact your local representative and voice your opinion.


*I apologize for the size of the font. I have tried to edit it and contact the morons from Blogger, but there's no one home and I give up...I don't even know why the color has changed...argh. 
 **I now hate blogger.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

...I ran out of words...

...for now...

I'll be back eventually...Happy Christmas!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Just a Little Rusty...

Ha. Rusty Blackbirds. Get it?
"Just a little Rusty!"
Never mind...

 One more local park down...and I'm sure quite a few more to go! This trip was to Silver Springs Park in Stow. The folks I met in the parking area said it was a nice woodland area with a couple of miles of trails...they didn't mention they were unmarked. Did ya ever notice when all the leaves are down and they cover the forest floor...everything looks the same! I only became "Mis-directed" once...and ended up by the main road on the opposite side of where I wanted to be. Oh well...at least it was a beautiful day to be out...and lost.

I knew there was a dog park attached...but I didn't realize that everyone there with a dog would have them unleashed. I like dogs (we have a couple of "in-security" dogs at work to keep us company) but in a park they should be leashed. If you visit this park beware of dogs that growl at cameras on tripods and sometimes snap...and bark and scare the birds that you're trying to shoot. Am I ranting again? Sorry...

Anyway, when I left I went to visit my bro Phillio and further the days adventures in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The day became much sunnier and warmer, though since Phillio is not a morning person, the birding was a little on the quiet side. But the weather was gorgeous for a stroll through the Ledges area and Virginia Kendall Lake. One day I'll wake his butt up early...maybe in the spring when it's warm again...I don't think he likes frozen walks either...kids...

 I was trying to get closer to these Rusty Blackbirds...
...I was doing well sneaking and creeping(I am a creep after all!)

 ...when a loose Pit Bull came barking and running at me.
He got mine and the Rusty's attention.
They flew away...I didn't move until the owner got him.
I heard those stoopid burdz laughing at me.

 This American Robin just stared at me.
Didn't like the way I looked I guess.

 I saw a lot of zooming birds like this Downy Woodpecker.
Woof! Zoom...

 At least the Eastern Gray Squirrels are friendly!
"Hi Loopy!"

 This Northern Flicker was busy chasing bugs and chowing down!

 And here is again...a little action shot I thought you might enjoy...or not.
At least he missed my camera!
Better luck next time...

 Lots of Red-bellied Woodpeckers out stashing acorns for the winter!
(Don't tell him the squirrels will probably find it and eat it first!)

 I hardly ever get a clear view of a Hairy Woodpecker...one of these days.

 Now over to The Ledges...
At the beginning of the trail we saw this Red-bellied Woodpecker hammering away at this Bald-faced Hornets nest.
 There must still be some critters in there!

 Walking along the Ledges trail is a wonder. These formations are from the ice age.
It's amazing how these trees grow in and around the rocks.

 When you get up and close you can see where water and an ancient sea wore away the rocks.

 If you're a fan of lichen and moss, you'll love this trail.

 Me as rock art.
Totally rockin' it...totally.

 Don't tell Phillio I posted this pick of him making a face and walking goofy.
I told him I wouldn't use it.

 I always check out hollows in trees.
You never know who may be hiding in there!
This time it's a Racoon's fat fuzzy fanny.
My only photo from Kendall Lake....figures it would be a butt shot!

That's all for now!
See you soon...