Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Friday, March 17, 2017

Reluctant Spring

It seems like Spring takes one step forward and two steps back.
The river has been open since January.
Many migrants have returned - even my hardy and reliable Song Sparrow (although I have not heard him sing).
The Snowdrops and Snow Iris flowers have come and gone.
The Maples and Pussy willows have been blooming for weeks.
The fishermen have been looking for Walleye for weeks, as well.

This week winter returned.
I relented and brought back the feeders.
I hope spring reasserts herself before the new bag of sunflower seeds runs out.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy St. Valentine's Day

This is a Valentine's Day card my Mom gave to an elementary school mate sometime in the early 1940's.

They now live in the same assisted living community.
She found it while going through her belongings; paring down the accumulations of the past.
Mom tried to give it back, but she wouldn't take it.
For now, I am sharing it with you.

Saturday, February 4, 2017


A few weeks ago our dead Ash tree fell.
We were out of town, but our neighbor said there was no storm.
It sure has changed the view.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


I've suspected for quite some time that a lone stag was draining my bird feeders.
A few days ago I caught him red-hoofed.
He brought 5 buddies with him. 

They didn't stay long.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


The hawks must come regularly, because the feeders aren't as busy as they used to be.

There is still the occasional Starling and Grackle - although I haven't seen a Cowbird since the last post.
There are four squirrels that seem content to eat from the ground.

The deer clean up every other day or so.  
There is a group of three does who eat from the ground - even close to the house.  
They alternate days sharing the task with a lone buck - who knows how to tip the perch feeder out in the yard. He doesn't touch the one close to the window, so there is always food for the earliest rising Cardinals and Titmice.

This doe found the last bit of pumpkin I put out after Thanksgiving.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Invaders Leave

The mixed flock of Starlings, Grackles, Cowbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds were here until earlier this week when a Sharp-shinned Hawk harvested a Cowbird.
It was tough to get him in focus because he kept at his work.

A poor little Downy Woodpecker was caught at the suet feeder.  He didn't make a move for at least 20 minutes.  It was so cold I was afraid he would freeze.  I tried to flush him by knocking on the window, but he just blinked at me.

I couldn't bear the suspense, so I went about my business. He was gone when I checked back ten minutes later.
It took the hawk about 45 minutes to finish eating. Only feathers remained.
The flock has moved on and not returned.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Bird Invaders

The last few years I wait to put out my seed feeders until the first snow fall - in an attempt to keep the sparrows away.  
I have been feeding a little over a week now and have enjoyed seeing the Titmice, Woodpeckers, Cardinals and Chickadees.

Two days ago a flock of what I carelessly thought were Starlings drained the feeders in 2 hours - ugh.
My friend Cathy was good enough to consult her birding friends for help and on their advice I switched to perch feeders. 
Unfortunately, most of the birds perched just fine.
On closer inspection today, I noticed that this is a mixed flock - with very few Starlings.

There are Red-winged Blackbirds.

And Cowbirds

And Grackles.  
I didn't know the Red-winged Blackbirds and Cowbirds stayed during the winter, but they do.
I didn't put out seed yesterday, but with the temperatures dropping, today I relented.
Besides, they all seemed much more beautiful in the sunshine.