Friday, November 26, 2010


Really wanted to get out and walk today and the sun was shining, however, it was bitter out there. There was hardly a soul at the park. I did not see a bird and only one squirrel ( left him some almonds). But if you look hard enough there is always something interesting to see. Check out these fungi. The bottom two were topped with frost. More tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Blue Bow

Miss Emma with her blue bow. That day was the last of the warm really wasn't "that" warm. Emma forgot her coat.

Monday, November 22, 2010

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Woodland Structures 2

This may be an old tree stump but I bet it is home to some woodland creature at night. Sometimes at night, I think about the woods I may have walked that day and imagine it after dark. It seems pretty scary to me. I give my brother credit for backpacking by himself and camping overnight.
Depending on the park that I go to, some of them are pretty deserted during the week. Cell phone and pepper spray and hope for the best.....sometimes I wish I were a man.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

At the Car wash.......

Liam, at the car wash...well what else do you do on a Saturday when your football season is over?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fogged In

Fog horns on the river at night or in the evening are not unusual but rarely do I hear them during the day. Everyday last week, it was foggy. Even by afternoon the fog wasn't totally burned off. I was walking at Lake Erie metropark and several times heard the fog horns. Later, I drove to the lake and could just make out a large freighter (barge). Although it was 1:30pm and sunny at the park, it was still fogged in on the water. This ship is on the Detroit River, just at the mouth of Lake Erie. You can barely make it out on the left side of the picture.That is the back of the ship...the front barge part cannot be seen. I suspect they have some kind of radar but still rely on the fog horn.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bald Eagle

I was so fortunate to see and photograph this Bald Eagle. I used a telephoto lens and then enlarged it on my PC. It was really up there. He was just circling around and around at Lower Huron Metropark near the river. If you are familiar with the park it was near Tulip Tree picnic area. I took the photo to the nature center to make sure that I was correct in my ID of this magnificent bird. He said that the eagle is a mature 5 year old. He also said a pair were seen nesting in a near-by sod farm this spring. I am so lucky to have seen this beauty but am so sad to think of Luc, the captive bald eagle at Lake Erie Metropark. He was injured and cannot be released into the wild and cannot fly free again. If you want to visit Luc, he is in an enclosure behind and to the left of the nature center at Lake Erie Metropark.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year nears its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight. Thoreau

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sunny Sunday

My friend Gretta and I spent some time Sunday at the nature center at Oakwood Metropark. We sat by the fire and watched the birds out the window. It was nice with the fireplace and the view. There were quite a few bird feeders that attracted the usual suspects...chickadees, nuthatches, Downy woodpeckers and titmice. Went back the next day with my camera. Thanks Gretta for the company.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Indian Summer

Blacked-capped Chickadee

We have been having Indian Summer the last few days with lots of sun and temps in the low 60's. I have been taking advantage of the weather and have been hitting the metroparks. These photos were taken at Kensington metropark in Milford. I really enjoyed just strolling along on the nature trail, never in a hurry. This is so out of character for me and I really have to work on this leisurely attitude. I'm much more the hurry along, worry along type. I love all my little birds that (at Kensington) flock around and follow you. I also got this great picture of the red-bellied woodpecker. Haven't seen one of these since the 70's when we lived in Waltz.

Monday I went to Oakwood Metropark and walked the "Sky-come-down" trail and got some great pics which I will post this week. It was really pretty there and I found out from last year that this is the best time to walk. the temperature is moderate, there are no bugs and everything is in plain view. The picture to the left is at Kensington on Kent Lake.

White Breasted Nuthatch

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mystery Solved

My mystery bird has been identified. A gentleman at Lake Erie Metropark Nature Center easily identified my bird who I had seen and photographed at Lower Huron Metropark last month. He said the give away was that the bird was eating poison ivy berries. I don't know one berry from another! He said the bird is common at Lake Erie as well and stays around all winter. He is a Yellow-rumped Warbler!

Friday, November 5, 2010


My family had a great Halloween. Most costumes were bought but I think the best ones are home the prizes for the best adult family costume goes to: my son-in-law, Takeshi Mitsuoka, the clown ;-)
The best children's costume goes to: my grand daughter, Emma Carney. Of course she has her Mom to thank for making the costume. The very clever thing is that Emma's friends all went as crayons too (different colors).

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Winter is just around the corner......

We have had frost the last two mornings. Winter is just around the corner. What does the Farmer's Almanac forecast for this winter season?
Never heard anything from the nature center at Oakwood Metropark regarding my bird picture. Will try to get back there this weekend.
Worked in the yard was cold but bright and sunny. Put my hose away to discover that I have a drip from my spigot. Couldn't budge the turn off valve. Called the plumber who is coming Friday. Don't want the line to freeze up.
Saw a beautiful downy woodpecker at my neighbor's suet cage....a male.
Let's charish every sunny day left. Not only is the cold weather coming but also the gloom.

Witch Hazel

Monday, November 1, 2010

Oakwood Metropark

Spent a rather chilly time walking at Oakwood Metropark. I usually take my time hoping a sweet bird will appear but I hurried on and only walked a little over a mile. Later I went to Lower Huron. There were no birds at either place. Are they all in Florida already???
As you can see, almost all the leave are gone but the ones still on the trees are vibrant in color. I think the little yellow blossoms are witch hazel.
Winter is almost here. It is suppose to get into the 20's tonight and they are predicting wet snow/rain for Sat. Last year I had some of my best walks in November.
If with fancy unfurled
You leave your abode
You may go round the world
By the old Marlborough Road (Excursions, Thoreau)