Saturday, September 27, 2008

Playin' Hooky!

I've been pretty busy at work and on Wednesday took advantage of some "extra hours" I had accumulated. What better way to spend those hours than to take the morning off to do some birding at Presque Isle State Park:) The weather was great, much more like summer than fall. I stuck around the east end of the park and saw some pretty weird things in the first hour or so.
First, I found this plastic skeleton that someone had wire-tied to one of those fold up canvas chairs. Ok, so I embellished the photo a little.

Then I came across this "attractive" fish. This is what happens when you let your "friends" bury you in the sand!
OK, that's it for the weird stuff! I continued down the beach toward Thompson Bay and saw a small flock of shore birds flying in. I panned my binos with their flight and they were headed straight for me!! It was a group of 4 lovely immature sanderlings.By this time it was time to head back to civilization and work. On my way out of the park I ran into Brian from the DCNR as well as Jerry and Linda McWilliams and their friend, Mary Ann, from Iowa. They are lucky to be on the park much more often than I. I better start playing the Powerball, because with the economy the way it is now I might not get to retire until I'm 70! For now, I'll settle for the few hours a week I am able to get to PISP and relish every minute. Like last Sunday when I got to sneak away from home for a short while to try and get some shots of the warblers we had seen in Jerry's class on Saturday. The light was pretty harsh but the birds didn't seem to care that backlighting is the worst possible photographic challenge!

I believe this is an immature common yellow-throat.
Black-throated Green Warbler female
A very handsome black-throated blue warbler
I love my job and my home, but it sure is nice to get away and play some hooky once in awhile!


Bird Girl said...

You sure have a great sense of humor - that fish cracked me up! Beautiful job with the warblers and the sanderlings are perfect!

Leedra said...

Looks like you had fun, and captured some great photographs while you were at it.