Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Magee Marsh Birds

A few shots from Magee Marsh in May....

Female Cerulean Warbler

Male American Redstart

Female Bay-Breasted Warbler

Male Blackburnian Warbler

Red-Headed Woodpeckers

Red Headed Woodpeckers from Prairie's Edge.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Owlets and More at Prairie's End

I visited Prairie's End today to catch another glimpse at the Great Horned Owlets. For perspective, here a shot of the owls in their tree cavity without a lens extender.

By adding a 2x extender, I am able to get more magnification.

A pleasant surprise, this Black-Throated Green Warbler was singing along the path to the wetlands. He's on his way north to Canada, his breeding grounds.
 Lynda had mentioned that the Red-Headed Woodpeckers had returned, and I was fortunate to see this pair.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

John Bryan Birds

We finished getting the motorhome ready for our trip next week, and decided to take a ride. We ended up in Yellow Springs, and took a drive to John Bryan State Park.
Neither of us had been to JB for a number of years. Just seeing the rugged landscape and the cliffs and gorges brought back memories.
We did find several birds and were able to photograph a few....

A curious Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher...

Some fish under a log....

A Hooded Warbler......

More Hooded....

 Northern Parula Warblers......

 A pesky Raccoon.....
 And some wildflowers; including this Trillium...
It's that time of year.....

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Owlets, Beautiful Red-Wings and a Sora

I spent a couple of hours at Prairie's Edge after Lynda told me that she had located the Great Horned Owl's nest. The former nest had been blown away in a wind storm last year.
Momma Owl chose wisely this year, choosing to nest in a dead tree....and fortunately in clear view!
In addition to the owls, I took some shots of the always gorgeous Red-Winged Blackbirds, and even called in a Sora in the wetlands.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My First Northern Parula of 2014

I saw my first Northern Parula at Buck Creek SP today. He was singing near the Meadow View plaground despite the snow and cold.


I was on my way home from work this morning and happened to take a diversion to Buck Creek Lane. We had an April snow during the night, and though I didn't think that the snow would last too long with the warming sun, I was hoping to see some wildlife with the snowy backdrop.
Just off of Rt 54, I sighted a gang of Turkeys parading and sparring. I pulled off of the road, and was pleasantly surprised when they continued their activities. It appeared that there were two willing hens, and the toms and jakes were vying for their rights. This tom was in full display, and he eventually bred the hen.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rock Doves

These Rock Doves are nested in a dead tree stump at Old Reid Park. I caught them in flight during one of their "flybys."

Gadwall Antics

I watched these Gadwalls yesterday as the two drakes vied for the attention of this hen. They entertained me with their water and aerial battles....