Posted in Chagrin River Park, Lake Metroparks, My photowalks, nature

Sun’s up!

I took an early morning walk today. The sun was up but not for long, and I’ve become a convert! Why in the world have I been lazing in bed until 8 am when I could be up and out by 6:30? I don’t have much time for blogging today (I’ve already used up hours photo walking and processing pictures), but here is a potpourri of  bird portraits I captured on this beautiful (almost June) morning. I hope you like them (Remember that you can click on any picture to scroll through the gallery).

And here are a few other images to provide a sense of place and to show that sometimes I photograph things that aren’t birds! (Note: The picture of the river was taken on another day this week, so the light is a little different).

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Carolyn aka Skip

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I'm an enthusiastic amateur photographer and nature lover, inviting you to join me on my trail walks.

14 thoughts on “Sun’s up!

  1. Your bird pictures are always so lovely. Is that the Cuyahoga River? It’s been two years since I moved from the area, but still miss it. I’m an early bird most days, and I’m always amazed at how much more time there is in the day when I rise early. I think the early mornings have the best light, too, and the critters are always so active.

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    1. I totally agree with what you say about the best light and active critters. Photographing birds at 4 pm isn’t nearly as exciting, beautiful, or rewarding as doing the same in the early morning. The river is the Chagrin River in Lake County, just a little east of the Cuyahoga. I thought I had lost your blog for a while until I realized you had moved and changed the name. Glad I am connected with you again, but where are you located now?

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      1. I am on the Eastern Shore of Maryland now, not too far from the Virginia border. Close to the Chesapeake Bay and since we’re on the thin end of the peninsula, not far from the ocean. I lost some blogs along the way with the move, too, and am glad we are reconnected. 🙂

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      2. I love that area. My sister and brother-in-law had a summer home on the Elk River just north of where it empties into the Bay (near Chesapeake City). I always enjoyed visits there. It’s not quite on the eastern shore, but still pretty special.

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  2. Such a gorgeous morning for a walk and you saw so many birds! How exciting to see a red-headed woodpecker. I’ve never seen one of those here. Your one photo is definitely an eastern kingbird. They are such cooperative subjects! Lovely photos and it looks like a very peaceful place to walk.

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    1. Thank you for confirming the kingbird. I am not really a serious birder as far as ID goes, but I dearly love to watch them and observe their behavior. This is the first year I have seen a redheaded woodpecker in the 15 years (or so) I have been taking photowalks in this park. Ordinary words don’t convey how excited I was to see it.

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  3. Beautiful shots Skip! So many different birds. I put up a new feeder and so far they don’t seem to be liking it much. Guess I’ll have to give it some time and see what happens.

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    1. Takes a while for them to come to a new feeder, I think. I recently moved a few of my feeders, and I’m not sure they are very happy about the change. I’m still putting out the good food, but not seeing as many birds…or maybe I’ve just been too busy to keep a good eye on them. 😦

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. The tree swallows give the bluebirds a run for their money. They don’t co-exist peacefully unfortunately. If you put up a nesting box for the bluebirds, you must put up another nesting box for the swallows nearby or they will take over the bluebird nest.

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    1. Thanks for leaving a message, BB. I was thinking about you yesterday when I reached my 2500 blip. Blipping and blogging are taking up a lot of my time, but i sure do enjoy it. I hope you, G, and the rest of the Blip group are well.

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