Monday, April 29, 2013

A Morning At Magee - 4/26

I haven't liked driving a great distance for a couple of years now, but Saturday I bit the bullet.  With the BIG Weekend coming up I thought that Saturday would be a good day to drive down to Magee Marsh. The weather was perfect and although the sun was shining there were times when a beamer would have been great to have.  There was a lot of activity and of course a few missed shots.  But the ones that I did get - well I can't really complain.  As long as there is a photo of one bird that you've never photographed before - the day is a good one.  Here's just a few of my shots of the day.
This Black-throated Green Warbler was a first for me

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Palm Warbler


White-eyed Vireo was a first for me as well

These are just a few of the birds that I was able to photograph on Saturday.  It was a good day. 
Until my next post.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

First Quarter In Review 2013

It's been a while since I decided to go out to do some birding.  I hadn't looked at my blog in months.  But over the past couple of months I have been out , no place special just the usual places that I would frequent.  So I've decided to get back into it again. Because I actually have missed photographing what's out there.

In January I decided to go down to Hagerman Road and then to the Quarry.  On Hagerman I was able to get photos of the Horned Lark and a surprisingly shot of a Lap-land Longspur.  On Reaume there have been three Red-tail Hawks sitting in the trees tot he right, one usually by itself and the other two side-by-side.  As you reach Roberts Road  there is a what looks like a little driveway.  Here you will find Song Sparrows, a White-throat Sparrows, American Tree Sparrows, and abundance of Black-capped Chickadees and Cardinals, and one little Tuft Titmouse.  Throw out seed, they will come.

February surprised me with a Pheasant  (hen) that I spotted walking along side the fragmites on Reaume near Roberts Road.  As quick as she appeared that's how fast she disappeared back in the reeds.  With nothing else happening I went off to Lake Erie Metro Park to walk the trail along the river near the boat launch.  There I found a Bald Eagle who didn't seem to be bothered buy anyone, not even the couple that decided to gedown to the shore and get photos of him from under him. I had been told that the Great Horned Owl was spotted in that area so I continued my walk down to the boardwalk where I did see him and managed to catch the Great Horned Owl sitting about four trees out. 

In March after hitting the usual spots I decided to take Roberts Road down to the gate.  Since there was nothing there I headed back.  I wasn't sure why I went down that way there's hasn't been anything down there all winter but the trip back up the road made me glad I did it.  A Ring-necked Pheasant came out of the woods just taking his sweet old time crossing the road.  I approached him with as much caution as you can get while in a car.  At one point he looked like he was going to bolt on me so I stopped moving and so did he.  Before stopping I turned my vehicle on an angle just in case. When he stopped I was able to stick my head out the window and get a dozen good shots of him.  Unfortunately as he headed to the other side of the street he stopped and I decided to try and get out of the vehicle but like his mate (I hope) he disappeared. I couldn't believe the colors on this guy.

With it getting close to lunch time I decided to head on home so I could take a look at my photos  Until my next post, have a good day.