So what do eco-tourism guides do on their day off? Go birding of course!
We enjoyed the Window on Wildlife at Pearson Park so much, Greg Miller
and I decided to return for more photos.
Note the rose colored patch on male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. They are surprisingly variable in size and shape. This one is rather jagged and "lighting" like!
|BEHOLD! The belly is red!|
One of the great mysteries of life: why did they call them "Red-bellied Woodpecker"?
In this rare shot, you can actually see the red on the woodpecker's belly. Another birding mystery: solved.
Does anyone else think this Screech Owl closely resembles Oscar-the-Grouch? I took this picture from the boardwalk behind the Nature Center at Maumee Bay State Park
|Woodchuck, or Whistle-pig?|
In Pearson Park, a Woodchuck (A.K.A. Whistle-pig) was feeding on the seed beneath the bird feeders. It was fun to have a mammal present, besides the usual feeder-crashing squirrels. Although technically, a Woodchuck is the largest member of Ohio's squirrel family.
Showing those chippy colors: yipes, stripes! We could safely say Chippies are the smallest of Ohio's squirrels. Somehow this blog has become the Biggest Week in American Squirrels
. I am prepped to be a guide for that event!
All this birding (and squirreling) wore me out.
|Raccoon taking an afternoon snooze.|
I was pretty jealous when we found this raccoon taking an afternoon snooze at Maumee Bay. We can only hope there were no Wood Ducks, past or present, inhabiting that box. I fear the outcome would not be so good.
It was wonderful to see so many friends and spend time with fellow eco-freaks in northwest Ohio. For now, I bid you good-bye and plan to get caught up on a little rest myself.
Hi Cheri! Bobby has been busy all over the place I see. From what I've seen in our garden we should have a fresh batch of chippies soon!ReplyDelete