Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Snowy Owl

   I have been waiting for a good opportunity to spot my first snowy owl.  Snowy Owls are not normally seen in these parts.  They breed in the Arctic and normally winter in northern Canada.  Apparently there was a bumper crop of lemmings this past summer and most of the owl chicks survived to adulthood.  They have been forced to migrate much farther south this winter to find food.  Jim McCormick's blog, as usual, has excellent posts on this topic.

Today, the weather was beautiful and I had nothing in particular to occupy my time.  There was a report that an owl had been seen this morning at Maumee Bay State Park.  Hudson and I seized the moment.

Sure enough, we spotted the owl on the rocky shoreline of an inland lake - at the end of the little peninsula in the photo above.

Since I am rather deficient in the camera lens power department, I slowly walked out the peninsula to get closer.  I was not careful enough, however, and he took off.

I later realized there were serious bird people on the far shore.  They were not deficient in the camera lens power department.  
I can only hope they didn't recognize me.  So far, the birding website where I learned of the owl has not posted a scolding.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Boxing Day

Christmas is over.  
The presents have been opened.  
Eighteen people have come and gone.
Hide and seek
Pot roast
Mashed potatoes
Noodle kugel
Spritz cookies
Apple pie
All consumed
Cindy's energetic cleaning
Patrick and Aunt Jonna watching Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Dan climbing into bed after his evening shift, his new Captain America shield close by. 

Little Bit

My niece Abby received a Yorkie puppy for Christmas from her fiancĂ©'s parents.  His name is Little Bit.  He is just that…a little bit of a pup. 

I just missed Hudson greeting him nose to nose.

Little Bit is being trained to go on a puppy pad.  He didn't quite know what to think of the snowy patio he found himself on Christmas Day.  Hudson tried to show him what to do.  No dice.

Luckily, I had some pads I had purchased - thinking I could teach an old dog new tricks (no dice there, either).   

Little Bit wisely chose the pad (in a warm house) over a snowy patio.  Smart little thing.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Critter

Rover Come Over doggy daycare gave Hudson a little critter for Christmas (they don't miss a trick).

Hudson sensed the danger right away.

The world is safe from yet another vicious stuffed animal.

Saving the world is exhausting.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Chillowy Willowy

The thermometer has been falling and seems to have no intention of rising any time soon.  
Sunrise revealed ice finally forming on the mighty Maumee.
The full complement of feeders is out and they are well stocked.  I look forward to enjoying those partaking - from the comfort of my chair by the fire.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Spreading Tradition

After years of "old fakers", the Shermis family was ready for a real tree.  So, we invited them to go with us to the Whitehouse Christmas Tree Farm.

It was so cold.  We had a quick hot dog by the big fire, then picked out a Frasier from the already-cut pile.  

Maybe next year we can take a horse pulled wagon ride.