Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mountain Phlox

We were supposed to monitor the Lyre-leaved Rock Cress again last Friday, but the Mountain Phlox had started to bloom and we couldn't resist.
This Bluebird was not going to move from his box.

Mountain Phlox
(It has five petals in contrast to the common Dame's Rocket, which has four)

It is a good year for Gay-wings.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Blue Week

Last Friday was the first chance I had to monitor. 
We went to Girdham Dunes.

The Lupine had already started their show - just in time for "Blue Week".

Even the Blue Birds were out.

We were counting Lyre-leaved Rock Cress.  
It's not too impressive, but a good excuse to get out to the dunes.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Definitely Spring

The last week has been rainy and warm and the plants are loving it.


Sky Blue Aster

New Wren house in the Lilac



I am trying to sit still and enjoy the view more often.  
I have been rewarded by Golden crowned Kinglets, an Eastern Phoebe and even a galloping Coyote.

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.