Honey Versus Plastic

In http://www.horsesandanimalsaretalkin.wordpress.com “Kissing Cardinals”, Honey told Lionel she wanted plastic to line her nest.

Here are some more shots of her struggle to accomplish that, particularly in a stiff wind:





Finished product !!



“WHAT…? It’s my nest!”

Honey and Lionel are now awaiting a family:


P.S. In last night’s storm, most of Honey’s hard-earned plastic blew out of the nest prior to her beginning her final egg-laying repose.


Our Cardinal Pair

Cardinals have been gloriously prevalent in our backyard this Spring!


Here is the female partner of our fabulous pair gathering nesting twigs for her work along the Maumee River bank. She takes on most of the nest-building duties. She is more careful to stay hidden, using her camouflaging feathers.


Although the beautifully red male does contribute a few items to the nest now and then and visit the female to check her progress and offer encouragement, his main objective is to guard the operations. And he makes no bones about his presence, standing tall and alert and visible. From his heights, he continuously watches over his female partner and whistles and signals to her whatever messages are necessary.

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Birds Getting Spring-ee


Had a little time yesterday to bird watch… They’re beginning to see Spring, I think (hope!)

This first fellow, going by the picture in my bird book, looks to be a Red-naped Sapsucker, with his speckled belly and red throat and face stripes. He was hanging around at the next block.


Here, of course, is a Mourning Dove. She’s perched on a neighborhood power line and gave me a nice turn of the head for this photo.




Aerial Act


A week, or so, ago, I finally had a Skimmer so close above me that I could set my camera to Portrait to snap his photograph with my SX410 IS Canon. I was pretty happy with the detail I was able to capture at this setting.

Skimmers are so delightful to watch. They literally dive-bomb to the water and skim the surface to catch small fish on the fly, snatching them up and away and swallowing them before their legs are barely out of the water.

All Alone


This stubby little fellow seems to be seeking companionship. He usually travels in a flock!

I didn’t know exactly what type of bird he is and couldn’t find him in my bird book until a friend suggested he was an American Coot. And that he is! American Coots are more of a Southern bunch, so seeing this single fellow standing alone near the bridge in the Maumee River at Napoleon, Ohio, was quite the rarity.

Though stubby, this specimen can dive under water as far as 10 to 25 feet to find food, mostly seeds, roots, and leaves, as well as small fish.