Such a pretty bird to be called common.
September 29, 2011
September 28, 2011
The birds beside him are caspian terns which are a fairly large bird.
The one in the foreground is a ringbilled gull, another good sized bird.
He is a great blackbacked gull and is is really big.
We get them in the early fall as they migrate through.
September 27, 2011
September 26, 2011
September 21, 2011
September 20, 2011
We were in northern Ohio over the weekend at the Midwest Birding Symposium and the birding was good.
We stopped at Magee Marsh and birded the boardwalk near the lake shore.
The birds were down low and feeding which is SO much better than having to look at the tops of trees to see them.
The MBS is a great event, if you are a birder and live in the midwest check it out.
September 15, 2011
Hidden deep in a bush an ovenbird looks for a few bugs to snack on.
The fall migration is underway and we are getting lots of fall warblers and other types om birds, moving through the park.
Ovenbirds are more often heard than seen and they are not calling this time of year.
September 14, 2011
September 12, 2011
We have had a number of woodpeckers still feeding their young.
This redbellied woodpecker, yes I know it has a red head, had a mouth full of suet which it feed to the young bird at the left of the photo.
Shot through a screen.
September 09, 2011
September 08, 2011
This is the remnant of the willow that fell on our roof last year. It has filled out and provides shade in the morning.
We have been having strong winds and rain the last few days, blowing in off Lake Erie, stirring up the lake and whipping the trees near the shore.
Out willow looks like an inside out umbrella or a little bit like a palm tree.
The view is from the lake side to the forest across the road from the cottage.
We did have to tie the gazebo down.
September 07, 2011
That small opening on the side of a hill is a drift mine in West Virginia.
Drift mines have horizontal entries into the coal seam from a hillside. This one was probably used back in the 1930's.
Men would crawl in and excavate a coal seam and sell the coal to one of the mines.
Dirty dangerous work.
Would You crawl in there?
September 06, 2011
We put in a small water feature in the yard.
It has a recirculating pump and two small shallow ponds that the birds are attracted to.
Since the water flow was added we have had lots of activity.
Yesterday we noticed 3 warblers on the south bound migration that stopped for a drink and bath.
This one, a wilsons ,a black and white ,and a nicely cloured Cape May warbler.