Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hoover Reservoir mudflats

Immature Little Blue Heron, Aug 14, 2007

Great Blue Heron and Little Blue Heron

Immature Great Blue Heron

Lesser Yellowlegs

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Little Blue Heron

I went and saw the immature Little Blue Heron that's hanging around Hoover Reservoir yesterday. Not much else in terms of shorebirds, but I didn't hang around long enough to really try and pick out anything different. I did see some Semipalmated Sandpipers, which assured me that I wasn't totally rusty and just missed them completely on Sunday, when I went and dipped on the heron.

I am missing my next Avids trip, which is sort of frustrating in that they are going to Conneaut, where I have never been, and which is a birding hotspot for shorebirds. I am going to a party in Dayton instead. I plan on birding Hoover again that morning to sort of make up for it.

I need to contact some folks in the UP birding community next month to start planning the Winter Birding in the Eastern UP trip I'm leading for the Avids this January. As I think I have mentioned previously, I've never actually birded the eastern UP, so I'll need some advice.

Picks from Hoover yesterday might be up later.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Slow birding lately

I haven't been able to really get out much lately, what with family visiting and household duties. I did manage to get out yesterday morning and look at some shorebirds, but didn't see anything I hadn't seen already this year. I guess I just missed the Little Blue Heron at Hoover Reservoir.

I'm missing my monthly Avids trip next Saturday as we are going to my cousin's "Murder Mystery Dinner Party" and although it's in the evening, the Avids' destination is too far away for me to make it back to Columbus and then to Dayton in time. Oh well.

I may try and make it out one of these afternoons, but one of the things I am finding about being married is that I have to take into account the needs of my wife when planning these things, since we are a one-car family. I can't just hop into the car and spend a couple hours birding after work like I used to. Hence, my birding blog may go through periods of inactivity as I may not have as much time to bird as I used to.