Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I just appreciate beautiful things...

A good deal of my birding is done at East Fork State Park. That being said, I haven't been able to get out and do much quality birding. I like East Fork cause it is close to my home and I can zip by there on my way to other locations.

People with off-leash dogs has gotten to the point that I have been avoiding the areas that I usually bird. One guy in particular brings his two bird dogs down, clearing all birds off the beach and the immediate surrounding area. They are trained bird dogs, and they do their jobs well. The owner has them fitted with a beeping location device that would drive anyone crazy. He also whistles to them his commands when clearing the beach of birds. It kinda goes like this:

I see a Common Merganser up ahead...

Female Common Merganser


And there goes the Common Merganser...


Female Common Merganser

Ah-hah, here comes the dogs...

Look master, no birds over here!
Look master, no birds to the left...

Master, your clear of birds on this side!
No birds to the right master...

Too bad that some people have to be self centered and have no respect for others or other creatures. This situation has been brought to the attention of the parks, so hopefully something will be done. I have been venturing out to other locations I don't get out to much. This has lead to some interesting finds!

Decided to venture out to Grant Lake State Wildlife Area in Brown Co. OH to see what I could find. I found a flock of Redhead ducks. I then stumbled across a lone immature swan. I don't see swans often around my neck of the woods. I immediately thought Tundra. Trumpeters aren't native to this area, so Tundra would be the most likely. I still believe this to be an Imm. Tundra Swan.

Imm. Tundra Swan

Imm. Tundra Swan

Comments to ID welcome.

I recently traveled down to the Ohio River to check my favorite spots out. I ended up at Crooked Run State Nature Preserve/ Clermont Co. park. I ran into a couple pairs of Hooded Mergansers in the estuary. I love these birds! They have a big part in my becoming a birder.

The males were chasing and displaying for the females.

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser



Dang wind, messing up my crest!

Hooded Merganser

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8 comments:

  1. Ah, nothing like the male Hooded Merganser gettin' his hood on.

    That's a really awful situation with the guy and his dogs. I mean, maybe there's a kid chasing the birds or someone walks too close, but having someone deliberately driving them away is pretty aggravating.

    But hey, you're finding cool birds. Thanks for sharing them. We don't get the Hoodies out in Arizona so much, at least in Phoenix.

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  2. Great shots of the Hoodies Donald! Tough call on the swan.

    I'm glad that you complained about the guy with the dogs off leash. A stiff fine should help curb that kind of behavior. I hope the State Park officials will do something about the problem.

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  3. Oh Dear! Dogs harassing birds gurrr dont get me started. I am happy you complained. I hope to do the same when I see things like this happening. Just gotta get me some courage.

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  4. Love the Hoodies! They're just so cool to watch! Nice shots, Donald!

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  5. Beautiful birds.

    Regards and best wishes

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  6. Ahhh.German Shorthairs...had one of national caliper once.
    I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.

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  7. Great shots of the Merganser! I know they're on a lake I go to regularly, but somehow I have never seen one. Maybe this summer...and in the meantime, good birding!

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  8. Great Merganser shot..gotta watch out about wearing Hoodies these days.. ;-) Stupid man w/dog..Also glad you complained..

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