Tuesday I spent the whole day trying to photograph birds. Starting out in my yard I didn't see anything of note except this Cooper's Hawk that visits pretty regularly.
Headed to Lake Erie Metropark where I saw no migrating hawks. From there I went to Ohio and refound the Snow Buntings at Maumee Bay State Park.
Back in the fall of O-10, a Whooping Crane made nightly fly-ins with the Sandhill Cranes at the roost in Haehnle Marsh in Jackson County. Last year high water in the marsh kept even the Sandhills away. This fall the Sandhills are roosting in record numbers which topped out over 7000 in early November. Also last week the same Whooper returned. What's so special about a Whooping Crane? It is the tallest bird in North America standing about 5 feet tall. It has a 7.5' wingspan. In 1941 their population had dwindled to 21 due to hunting and habitat loss. Even after years of breeding programs the conservation effort has yielded a wild population of only 421 as of 2011.
Of course the cranes on Tuesday didn't start pouring into the marsh until after the sun had set, so picking out the Whooper among the thousands of Sandhills was impossible. Here is a photo I took two years ago.
|Whoop, there it is|
Some more shots from Tuesday.
Everyone wants to live forever or at least leave a legacy. Very few however have the legacy of their sense of humor etched in stone.
Back on Thanksgiving, between the 8 hours of work, family get-together,and the cooking of the pierogis and kielbasa, I had time to do a load of laundry. I took the laundry bag from the hamper in the bathroom down to the washing machine in the basement.
|Laundry basket looking deceivingly empty.|
|Re-enactment of Baby Jessica stuck in the well|