(...well ..., now in review and retrospect, probably not a quickie ...far too many stories to tell and memories to relate ...) But, really I have great Judy pics herein to share! Keep reading ...
OK. Tonight I finally finished dumping all our photographic memory cards from The Biggest Week in American Birding to the computer and backing them up on DVDs. Impulsive am I! Gotta have a backup before I proceed. Thank goodness I had my new laptop there and backed up several memory cards before we came home; otherwise I would be even farther behind! (Can you imagine two DVDs each day and thousands of pics?!) I had planned this year to blog from the Biggest Week because I had a laptop, but I'll tell you, birding really can be exhausting! Up fairly early. No naps (!!!). And, there are always more places to visit and birds to see before we could quit each day! And then, there is the need to eat and sleep! I just had no more energy each day ...
But sometimes when we were tired out, we knew we could count on Pearson Metro Park in Oregon Ohio for a restful place to sit and bird. We especially love the Window on Wildlife! Several Ohio Metro Parks have them! Feeders out and filled. Pearson is only about a mile from the Holiday Inn Express where we stayed. (BTW applause to the Holiday Inn that had special birder rates and supports birding in the area - highly recommend!) We had one "recovery day" at Pearson MP mid-week, and then went back the morning we were leaving. We love this place! These pics are all from the last morning.
Another "shout out" to this Oregon Holiday Inn. As last year, they had the BWIAB Guide welcoming us in the lobby (Love it! Welcome indeed!), but this year they also had their own special poster welcoming birders. I really liked the poster's presence, but never really enjoyed the subtlety of it until our last morning where I was looking more closely at one over breakfast. (And yes I always used to read cereal boxes ...) Huh? I had to go closer to appreciate ... What was the "fine print"? Super! Very cute!!!
|Holiday Inn poster. Cool!|
|Gotta love it! I gotta post on "Facebird"!|
Yes, we met SO many "locals" who 'sort of' knew about local birding there, but had never done it yet, but they are now thinking about it. Plant the seeds - they will grow! We planted many seeds as well ... We were "out and about" and dropping BSBO birder cards and expressing our excitement as we went. What fun to talk birding!!! It seemed everyone was receptive!
[... And I thought this post will be a "quickie and cutie"... What do I know what will happen when I start up ... I cannot help myself ... "rambling" is my trademark!...]
It was also fun when I was talking to a "good ol' boy" from Galveston TX out front at the hotel about my former primary passion of fishing. It all started because I liked his shirt for Hook Spit lures (love the name!). He showed me pics of the love of his life on his cell phone. No, not wife or kids, but his boat! A "flats boat". I learned a lot! His boat with a 150 hp big motor runs in 4 inches of water!!! Guess they have a way of sucking water that allows the props work on thru tubes - not an air-boat, not big props uselessly spinning in mud like they would in the shallows here, but sucking water thru tubes to propel the boat. Very fascinating - amazing actually!!! And as for birders, he noted that all the fishing guides in Galveston forgo fishing in the fall - and especially winter -to take birders out to see the migrating birds!!! Much more profitable than fishing! VERY fascinating!!! Always learning am I!
Hey! I want to do both!!!
Geez! Here I went again! Tonight I just wanted to do a "quickie", but memories keep flooding in! We had SO much fun! I will add more pics from Pearson later on in another post. Great stuff for lazy birding! Busy Indigo Buntings and two "lifers" to share!!! (Stay tuned for more pics. Great stuff! This is just another "Dr. Bob ramble" tonight ...)
OK. Back on track. - like how I started to write my "ramble".
While dumping photo cards tonight, the last card was Judy's card from the morning we were leaving. I think the pics tell a cute story and wanted to tell it. These are all Judy's pics from her Canon SX50 "point-and-shoot" (Great cam!). I just LOVE my wife and birding companion!!! I think it is totally fun and appropriate to highlight her pics of our adventure on our last day! She "done good" and gave me a great story to write tonight!!!
So here goes. The captions tell my thoughts. (... read the captions!!! They tell the story related to the title!). Judy and I love it all!!!
|Fox (our first ever in wilds!!!)|
|Birders (BWIAB trip to Pearson)|
|Not birders (cops training their "working dogs")|
Geez! Here I went again! I just wanted to do a quickie! I will add more pics from Pearson later on in another post. Great stuff for lazy birding! Busy Indigo Buntings and two "lifers" there!!!
Stay tuned for more. This is just another "Dr. Bob ramble"...
Hope y'all enjoyed!