The Voice of America Park, where we walked yesterday morning, is listed as an Ohio Ornithological Society birding site. This site described the following birds of interest that you might see there in the summer: Bobolinks, Henslow’s sparrows, savannah sparrows, eastern meadowlarks, occasionally breeding sedge wrens. I was able to snap a few photos of birds there. Most I recognized, but the many varieties of sparrows are a little hard to track down. I accept any and all offers of help or corrections with the identification of these birds.
This little baby was sitting on the spouting of the park office when we arrived. He has brown on his head. I don’t know what kind of bird he is.
We walked around a small lake that was ringed with cattails on this side.
This was my first sighting of a red-winged blackbird.
Ducks are abundant in the reeds along the water’s edge. Sometimes they are alone and sometimes in groups of three or more.
As we walked by with Arthur, sometimes the ducks would waddle down the shallow bank and into the water.
I tried not to take it personally.
Here’s a better shot of a red-winged blackbird.
A bird, I think it is a robin, emphasizes that we are in an important bird area.
When we saw this bird from a distance, we thought it might be a brown-headed cowbird. But looking at it now, I don’t think so. It looks something like a sparrow, but it’s belly is dark. I’m going to have to figure this one out.
Here is the same unidentified bird in flight.
The red-winged blackbirds are abundant. They perch on the tops of things.
They are stunning in flight with their flash of red.
Unlike the red-wing blackbird that commands a post at the top of tree, this little bird hides among the stems of the thistles and wildflowers.I think it is some kind of sparrow. You might notice there is a black bird hiding here too.
This bird got its feathers ruffled. I know what that feels like.
When it smooths things out and turns around, I can confirm it is a robin.
These baby ducks are getting getting big.
Queen Anne’s Lace is one of my favorite wildflowers. It grows abundantly here.
There are also fields of thistle here, which I think the yellow finches like. In the background you can see the road that borders the park. Without the background drone of traffic, this park would be a true oasis of nature indeed. As it is, the cricket chorus and bird song provide a welcome distraction from the surrounding hustle and bustle.
I think these are a type of sparrow as well. They could be a thrush of some sort, perhaps.
Another bird I need to look up when I have the time.
See what I mean about these red-wing blackbirds? They’re everywhere.
I believe this is an American Goldfinch.
If you are faint of heart, you might not to look closely at this photo and just keep moving on. I didn’t realize it at the time when I was just trying to get a nice shot of the red-winged blackbird. I snapped a series of photos. Once I got them on my computer I could see what I really shot was a small little drama in nature where the dragonfly meets its end at the beak of a bird. I’ll spare you the rest.
On our way out of the park again, I was trying to capture the flight of what I believed to be swallows. They have a distinctive pointed shape. But they darted around so quickly, never landing, that I was unsuccessful. I did see this bright little cardinal, however.
And the baby bird is still here. I sure hope everything works out okay for this little guy.
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This morning I walked for 35 minutes. I don’t know how far that was, but it was up and down hills, so I think it counted.
Yesterday I did not eat any desserts. No cookies, donuts, ice cream or anything else that is clearly not healthy. I did eat a plum and a salad. I really need to increase my intake of fruits and vegetables.
Let me know how you’re doing.