Introducing another Granddog

Mabel

Two or three weeks ago, I posted a blog about a visit from our granddog Wally who had come for a visit with our grandson Bryan. Wally and Bryan live in Washington DC, and that was his first visit to northeast Ohio. It was fun getting to know him, and I recently posted a blog about his visit. Today’s post is about Mabel, another granddog. Mabel is an English Sheepdog…a very large and energetic sheepdog, as you can see from the pictures.

On the day I took these pictures, she and her family had stopped by for a short visit. Last year when they were moving into their new house, about 45 minutes south of us, Mabel lived with Bob and me for a few months. Being dog lovers, we enjoyed having her around. However, they eventually settled into their new home, and Mabel moved back with them and their other dog Cooper. These days she only comes for a occasional visit, and on one of those visits I took these pictures. A dog, especially one as large and as lively as Mabel, can definitely add more than a little zest to the household.

 

That’s it for Mabel’s visit. Maybe in a future post I will introduce Cooper or one of our other granddogs. We don’t have a resident dog these days, but they are always welcome for a visit. Dogs really do add joy to a home. We have a picture on our wall with the caption, “There’s something about the outside of a dog that is good for the inside of a person!” I believe that is true.

See you again soon!
Trail Walker

 

Autumn on the River Trail

Hands down, Autumn is my favorite season. The colors, the crisp air, and the blue sky…nothing surpasses an Autumn trail walk. In the past week, I’ve walked the trail in Chagrin River Park two or three times, soaking up the Autumn beauty. Here are some pictures I captured recently along the river trail.

I would write more and organize it better, but what they have done to wordpress has totally confused me. Another blogger wrote, “WordPress sucks,” but I just want to know how to get back to the old WP editor. It worked for me, and I was able to be more creative; however, unless I can find my way around the changes they have made, I won’t be satisfied with my blog or with the Word Press platform. Guess I’ll just keep working on it! For now, I simply hope you enjoy the pictures.

See you in a day or two!

Trail Walker

Autumn trailwalking

On a recent Friday afternoon, my friend Lisa and I took a trail walk in Chagrin River Park. Our goal was to walk, talk, take pictures and soak up some Autumn beauty along the trail. It could not have been a more perfect day. Even if we had placed an order in advance, this trail walk would have surpassed our expectations. The hawk, posing on a tree limb 15 feet over our heads, was totally unexpected, as was the much smaller preying mantis perched on the fence rail.

We didn’t plan the walk ahead of time, but even if we had, it would have surpassed our expectations! In short, it was everything we could have hoped for!

See you soon with another post!
Trailwalker

A Boy & His Dog


Wally had a great time playing by (and in) the river with Bryan on his visit to northeast Ohio. Actually, maybe it was Bryan who was having the most fun, although he didn’t have to get in the river to have fun and for Wally, being in the water was the most fun he had all day.


That’s all for today. See you soon!

Trail Walker

Family time

On Sunday, we enjoyed a quintessential Autumn afternoon. It was one of those days you would ask for, if you could place an order for perfect weather. Wally had a ball (literally) playing in the yard. He got all the exercise a young dog needed, after which he still had enough energy to go for a walk in the park.

Bob, Marty, Bryan, and Emmy took off for the park with Wally. Meanwhile Becky, Alison, and I played a rousing game of croquet…well, not really rousing, but it was a lot of fun. I hadn’t played croquet for many years, but it was an interesting, and fun, way to entertain ourselves for an hour or so, until the walkers returned. My croquet swing definitely needs some polishing though. I’ll have to practice, then maybe I’ll do better next time.

That’s it for this post. It was such a beautiful day, I just had to share the pictures to show what a good time we had.

That’s it for today! Can anyone tell me where to get a good tutorial so I can relearn how to post my blog? WordPress has change a lot since the last time I used it! Not sure I like the changes!

Trail Walker aka Skip

Meeting Wally

Our grandson Bryan brought his dog Wally to visit for the weekend. Born in South Carolina, Wally was adopted by Bryan and Natasha about nine months ago, and now lives with them in an apartment in D.C. Since the move, Wally has transitioned to a city dog, and this was his first visit to northeast Ohio to meet our family.

After a little get-acquainted time, we decided to take Wally down to Chagrin River Park for a walk by the river. Today’s blog is mostly action shots of the get-acquainted time as Wally enjoyed playing in the river. He had a wonderful time, and so did we, and, as you can see from the pictures, it is obvious he loves playing in the great outdoors, especially in the water. Hopefully Wally will be back for more visits in the future because I think he enjoyed his first trip to Ohio.

That’s all for today’s blog post, the first I have written in a long time. With a little luck, I will be able to blog more frequently in the weeks ahead, but getting accustomed to the new WordPress editor will probably slow me down a little. I’m crossing my fingers!

Trail Walker

Trail Walking in Holden Arboretum

It had been many weeks since I walked the trails in Holden Arboretum, one of my many regular routines that changed when Covid 19 entered the scene. Finally, last Friday, I decided it had been too long, so I packed up my camera and headed to Holden.

Except to say that Holden didn’t disappoint, I don’t have many words to share. Sometimes pictures are better than words.

 

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…And it felt really good to be back on those trails! That’s it for this blog post. I hope you enjoyed the pictures

See you soon with another post from the trail.
~Trail Walker.

 

My view from the patio

The trees in our backyard provide plenty of shade and shelter…for the birds as well as for me, as I park myself on the patio with my camera. I have spent many hours out there this summer, accompanied by the blue birds, house sparrows, bumble bees (If that’s not the right name for the species of busy, buzzy bee pictured in this blog post, please correct me), and many other birds. Of the many visitors, the house sparrows are probably definitely my least favorite. Although I am struggling, yes, I actually said struggling, to develop a better attitude toward them, I haven’t made much progress. There are far too many house sparrows, and although I appreciate most birds, I’ve yet to discover the charm of the house sparrows. They tend to take over the nesting boxes, and my antipathy toward them goes back a couple of years when I discovered that they had destroyed the bluebird eggs I was hoping would hatch and provide some juvenile bird entertainment. The only positive thing I will say about house sparrows is that they pose nicely for pictures!

 

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House sparrow on the birdbath.

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House sparrow perched on top of the bluebird nesting box.

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Bluebirds prefer the tops of trees, making it hard to take a portrait!

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This house sparrow picked a picturesque perch at least.

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Bees like tasty nectar.

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This bluebird picture looks like Autumn, but it was actually taken in July.

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Based on its beak, I think this is a very young sparrow.

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Two more bluebirds, a female and a male….

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. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

See you soon!
Trailwalker, aka Backyard Birder.

Backyard birding

Backyard birding has become a time consuming pastime this summer; in part because we haven’t traveled very far from our backyard, but also because many avian visitors have come to call. I have accumulated so many bird blips right outside our back door that they are beginning to overwhelm me; it’s definitely time to kick start my neglected hobby and get back to posting some backyard bird blogs. In this post, you can see some of my least favorite backyard birds along with several of my favorites. See if you can identify the pileated woodpecker (a favorite),¬† multiple house sparrows (least favorites!), and my most favorite, the Eastern bluebird.

That’s it for this¬† post because I’ve run out of time. But it’s a start, and I’ll be back soon with more backyard birds.

Backyard birder (aka Trail Walker)
See you soon!

Backyard Birds: June (Part 1)

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Apparently Baltimore orioles like to feast on grape jelly.

When summer rolls around, a familiar bird in our backyard is the Baltimore oriole pictured above. One glance at her beak as she zooms through the backyard is enough to tell you the oriole has recently enjoyed a taste of the grape jelly in the backyard buffet.

Hummingbirds, another common bird in Northeast Ohio during the summer months, are anatomically much better suited for sipping sugar water. Some sections of the country are visited by a much greater variety of hummers, but here, on the southern shore of Lake Erie, we only see the ruby-throat. On this male, you can see a faint hint of his ruby necklace.

 

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Raising baby bluebirds can be a challenge for the parents. In the top left picture of the collage below, the little one is making a lot of noise, demanding his dried mealworms. They don’t look very appealing to me, but bluebirds love them, and this baby is hungry. Responding to his demands, Papa Bluebird picks up a mealworm from the ground and flies up to feed Junior. The last picture in the collage, shows Junior alone after his meal is over. It won’t be too long before they repeat the same routine. Mama Bluebird was nowhere to be seen when I took these pictures. Maybe Juniors demands wore her out, and she was taking a rest in the nesting box at our neighbor’s house when the little family lives when they are not flying around the neighborhood.

 

More bluebird pictures

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Papa checking out the nest.

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Baby Bluebird by himself.

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Papa carrying food or nesting material back to the nest.

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Young bluebird perched on top of the nesting box.

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Young male bluebird

Bluebirds enjoying the garden

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Pileated woodpecker

This large woodpecker is sometimes called the Woody Woodpecker bird because the familiar cartoon character is modeled after him. I can hear him coming because he loudly announces his arrival as he flies through the treetops and into our backyard. He is likely to arrive at any time of the day, and you would think that the cartoon Woody has jumped off the screen and come for a meal.

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A pileated woodpecker staring hungrily at the bluebird’s mealworms. He may be hungry, but he’s a little large to help himself to the mealworms.

 

Thanks for stopping by today.

That’s it for this backyard bird post. Part two will be posted soon. If you like birds, come back to check it out!

Trailwalker (aka Skip)

 

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