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The Vintage Husband

Updated: 2018-01-15T08:29:21.947-08:00


Magee Marsh Biggest Week


Magee Marsh and Ottawa National Wildlife PreserveUnreleasable Raptors on Display[...]

Biggest Week - Magee Marsh and ONWR


Photos from my Biggest Week at Magee Marsh and Ottawa National Wildlife Reserve.[...]

Sanibel Island, Bunche Beach, Estero Island and Cape Coral - March 2016


While on vacation at Sanibel Island, Florida, we tried to hit some other areas besides Ding Darling and Corkscrew Swamp, based in the Caloosa Bird Clubs page recommendations.I think one of my favorites was the Burrowing Owls at the library in Cape Coral. Some people we met at Corkscrew Swamp recommend this area to us.We also were fortunate to be at the Lighthouse on Sanibel Island when a large influx of warblers landed, and we found out we were viewing them with Lillian and Don Stokes (the authors of the Stokes Field Guides). We got to see a Yellow-throated Warber and a Prairie Warbler, but dipped on the Yellow-throated Vireo.While at Bunche Beach we got a Marbled Godwit and a white morph Reddish Egret, who was wearing a transmitter on his back.Our beach on Sanibel Island had lots of Willets, Sanderlings and Black-bellied Plovers and the occasional Ruddy Turnstone. We found a Loggerhead Shrike and a Cowbird on the causeway.On Estero Island, behind the old Holiday Inn, we saw a white morph Little Blue Heron, a Boat-tailed Grackle and another Anhinga. The Anhinga was fishing and sunbathing.[...]

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp - March 2016


Day 3 Florida Vacation - Audubon Corkscrew Swamp - March 2016I love visiting Corkscrew Swamp. The boardwalk offers lots of excellent viewing.Our birds while there were a pair of White Eyed Vireos who almost landed on us, several Red Shouldered Hawks, a Little Blue Heron, a Black Vulture (very high up), Carolina Wrens, Anhinga, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. We had a group of four Pileated Woodpeckers that were very entertaining and noisy. We also saw a few warblers - Yellow-rumped, Black and White, and a Palm. There was an Ovenbird and a Blue-Gray Gnatcathcher. A Great Crested Flycatcher. The highlight was an Indigo Bunting and a male and female Painted Bunting.There are also other creatures there as well. We saw otters, alligators, anoles, skinks, racoons, turtles and bugs.When leaving, at a farm just outside the gates, we saw wild Turkeys and Sandhill Cranes.[...]

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge - March 2016


Great vacation. 7 days on Sanibel Island. We saw 70 different birds. On day 2, we visited J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Super fortunate, we showed up at sunrise and had a low tide. Upon entering the wildlife drive, we came upon a flock of Spoonbills. Also with them were some Little Blue Herons, Tricolored Herons, a Great Egret and a Pied-billed Grebe. Further down was a small group of White Pelicans. Plenty of Cormorants and Blue winged Teals were present as well as a Mottled Duck. The Ospreys were nesting and we saw a group bathing on a sandbar. Ibis' are the robins of Florida! LOLWe did see several Alligators, one right below the road. Saw nesting Anhinga and a nesting Yellow Crowned Night-Heron. Butterflys were present and lots of Anoles and crabs. [...]

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Southern Ohio in February


Ottawa National Wildlife RefugeSouthern Ohio    [...]



Autumn beginning in Southern Ohio...[...]

My Biggest Week 2015 - Magee Marsh, Maumee Bay Park, Pinkley Trail and Ottawa National Wildlife Reserve


They are not all great pictures, but more a record of what I saw, and how hard they are at times to see and identify. Cheers![...]

March 2015 Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge



March 2015 Toledo, Ohio Zoo



January-February 2015



Chilly November Day


Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge 11/09/2014[...]

October in Ohio



Ottawa National Wildlife Reserve - Aug 9, 2014



May and June 2014 Birding



April 4-20-14 Magee Marsh Boardwalk, Ottawa National Wildlife Resrve


I've had a slow start to my birding year, but it's beginning to pick up. Here are a few pictures of what I've spotted so far this year. Prothonotary Warbler, Pine Warbler, Myrtle Warbler, Chickadee, Tree Swallows, Red-winged Blackbird, Bald Eagle, Great Egret, Sandhill Crane, Caspian Tern, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Double-Crested Cormorant, Ring-necked Duck, Mallard, Little Blue Heron, American Kestrel, Downy Woodpecker, American Tree Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Bullfrog and an Eastern Phoebe.[...]

March 2014



Random Photos


It's been months since I added any photos. Here are some random pictures from the last few months.[...]

The week after The Biggest Week



My Biggest Week - Magee Marsh, Toussaint WIldlife Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Area, Metzgers Marsh


Well, the Biggest Week in birding has come and gone. These are some of my better pictures ( I think I took about 1,500) of the birds we saw. Not all are great, but some of these birds are just so beautiful, even the blurry pics are worth sharing. I have been fortunate to move within a 45 min drive of one of the most wonderful places to bird, Magee Marsh. For a full list of what we saw, scroll past the pictures.Each spring thousands of birds migrate north. Along the way they stop, just south of Lake Erie at Magee Marsh and the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to rest up before crossing the big lake. This pit stop allows thousands of birders like myself a close-up brief glimpse of these guys (and gals) as they make the long journey to their summer breeding grounds. Not only are they here en masse, but they are also very close to the ground making pictures and observation a lot more easy.Also included are some other non-bird photos, snakes, turtles, rabbit and a sleeping raccoon. Some birds do stay here to breed and I did get a few nest pictures and some geese babies. Always love the babies!  I have to say my favorites are probably the owls and the eagles. The small birds are very colorful, but the big birds are just so awe-inspiring. I hope you enjoy. TVHBirds seen during the big week:American BitternBrewer's BlackbirdRed-winged BlackbirdIndigo BuntingNorthern CardinalGrey CatbirdBlack-capped ChickadeeAmerican CootDouble-Crested CormorantBrown-headed CowbirdSandhill CraneBrown CreeperAmerican CrowMourning DoveRuddy DuckWood DuckBald EagleGreat EgretSnowy EgretHouse FinchNorthern FlickerGreat Crested FlycatcherBlue-grey gnatcatcherAmerican GoldfinchCanada GooseCommon GracklePied-billed GreibeRose-breasted GrosbeakAmerican Herring GullBonaparte's GullRing-billed GullNorthern HarrierRed-tailed HawkGreat Blue HeronGreen HeronBlue JayAmerican KestralKilldeerEastern KingbirdBelted KingfisherGolden Crowned KingletRuby Crowned KingletMallardHooded MerganserNorthern MockingbirdBaltimore OrioleOvenbirdEastern Screech OwlGreat Horned OwlLong-eared OwlEastern PhoebeAmerican RedstartAmerican RobinSolitary SandpiperSpotted SandpiperNorthern ShovelerPine SiskinSoraAmerican Tree SparrowChirping SparrowFox SparrowHouse SparrowLincoln's SparrowSong SparrowWhite-crowned SparrowWhite-throated SparrowCommon StarlingBarn SwallowTree SwallowMute SwanTrumpeter SwanScarlet TangierBlue Winged TealCommon TernHermit ThrushTufted TitmouseEastern TowheeBlue-headed VireoRed-eyed VireoWarbling VireoWhite-eyed VireoTurkey VultureBay-breasted WarblerBlack-and-white WarblerBlackburnian WarblerBlackpoll WarblerBlack-throated Blue WarblerBlack-throated Green WarblerBlue-winged WarblerCanada WarblerCape May WarblerCerulean WarblerChestnut-sided WarblerGolden-winged WarblerHooded WarblerMagnolia WarblerMourning WarblerPalm WarblerYellow WarblerYellow-rumped WarblerLouisiana WaterthrushNorthern WaterthrushEastern Whip-poor-willAmerican WoodcockDowny WoodpeckerHairy WoodpeckerRed-bellied WoodpeckerCarolina WrenHouse WrenCommon Yellowthroat110 birds in 10 days. 131 birds for the year. 240 birds lifetime to date.[...]