Thanks to my new friend Les Houser (who is a bird genius, has a wonderful blog about birding with great photos, and has a duck genius friend) I know what my mystery duck is: A Lesser Scaup!!! I am so excited! They are in Ohio during migration and possibly part of the winter in spots. A beautiful duck is the lesser scaup and I hope to get to see more of them! Thanks to everyone for the help! And especially to Les and his friend! Thank you!
Sorry I can’t give credit to the photo, it was in Google images under the site of The NRDC, but when I click on their site I don’t see the photo. But that’s from whence it came. So whoever took it, ©by you and good job!
Ok, so here are 2 photos (actually I added a third of a close-up of a Canadian Goose I took): the first is the mystery duck. The second and third are the Canadian Goose. I don’t take many photos of them because they are EVERYWHERE here. Also they are usually flying really high in the air. I remember when they were not (not flying high, not here in Ohio). Weird how things like that happen. Anyway, the goose photo stinks, but is for ID purposes. Notice the neck length and size vs the big body. The ducks (1st photo) are small and were making a kind of whistling sound and flying around fast and swirl-y. Kind of like sea birds in a way. They are smaller than a mallard. Maybe crow sized? They might even go underwater to fish like loons do, as I have seen little duck/birds doing that on Alum Creek, but they were far away, it was last summer and it felt like looking at the Loch-Ness Monster, but I digress. You can click on the photos for a closer view. Let me know if you know what the ducks are.
Can anyone tell what kind of ducks these are? Tonight I had my back turned to the water for a moment and heard this weird sound, almost like a buzzing (thinking, “”Huh? It is way too cold for a bee or something…”) when I turned and it was a group of ducks flying kind of close to me. They were small, fast, and look black and white. Their beak looks dark as well. I have never seen them before, and would love to know what they are. They kept circling; I think they wanted to land where I was standing with the Juni, the dog. Thank you in advance for your help!
This winter has been so lovely; I will hate to see it leave. Here are some of the really cool ice formations we saw at Alum Creek the other night! It was beautiful. It was muddy in spots, but no one lost a shoe.
Thanks to everyone who shared their hearts with me yesterday! We went to visit (and hopefully adopt George the Yorkie) (or whatever he is) and he was already ADOPTED! So, hell yeah! I am so glad he found a good home. He even has a doggie brother to play with, I am told. Also, lots of folks were there at the Franklin County Animal Shelter looking and adopting dogs, and cats too. Thank Goodness! The system worked for George! We looked at all the other doggies and so many beautiful ones are there ready for some love. My son was very sad and wished we could have taken them all, but he understood that we could not. Lots of pit bull mixes were there. I wonder why that is the situation? One guy (Max) was super cute, a very large black and white lab-type mix dog I liked. He was very funny and cat-like as he sat up high in the window sill. But he wasn’t young-kid friendly.
So without further adieu: In celebration of George getting adopted, here is a photo of my Juni, who was found 2 years ago running around stray an hour south of here, enjoying my bed in the sunshine yesterday!
Happy Tails, indeed!
I don’t like the word abandon. It conjures up too many things that feel very painful to me. This week especially has been wrought with worry. Last Sunday morning, on the way to a meeting, I came upon a young lady who was on the side of the road with a doggie (shown below) who looked in distress so I stopped. I asked if she was ok, and she said she saw the doggie and was waiting for Animal Control to come pick it up. Was the dog hurt? She didn’t know. He came to me but was limping a little. I let him sniff me and picked him up, telling him not to bite me. I held him, petting him softly, knowing that if the dog went into the system, it might not be good. The animal control got there and asked if it was our dog. I didn’t want to lie, so I said no. I told her the truth, that I was afraid he’d be put down if I let her have him. She said he needed to be seen by a vet. Either one of us or her. Since it was Sunday, not an easy day to find a vet. I worried that if it was MY dog, I wouldn’t want someone to just take him home; I’d want a chance to find my beloved lost little doggie. He had on a flea collar and had been neutered. I worried that he might fight with all the other animals at home, or not like kids. Sadly, I let him go to the shelter. He is still there. I have called every day, sometimes many times. He is currently awaiting dental surgery. He passed the vet inspection and the behavioral inspection. A few people have come in to see if he was theirs. No. On one hand, I regret letting him go. (The other woman said she couldn’t take him). On the other hand, I can’t save everyone. (I could easily turn into the animal and stuff hoarding lady with one wrong synapse surge…) I have 2 dogs (we lost our oldest on Dec 26th), 3 cats, (the newest is Opal who was dumped in the neighborhood), 3 rats, and a myriad of other things like fish and hermit crabs. Oh, and I have 2 kids. They are the only ones I brought into this world intentionally. The rest have been rescued. None through a shelter. I doubt they’d let me adopt. All my pets have issues. Issues that I can handle but they sure don’t look good on paper. I am praying a good loving person can come rescue “Yorkie 58180″. He is breaking my heart, as are all the thousands of dogs and cats I weep over looking at their sad faces everyday on Facebook. If only abandoning wasn’t such an easy thing for some people to do. Get your pets spayed or neutered. It does save lives.
abandoned and scared
We had a beautiful Sunday evening last Sunday. A nice variety of clouds and colors and all is well.