Saturday, December 15, 2018

Sleepy Owls, Hoodies, & Dogs On Skateboards

 December has been a slow birding month for me so far. I've been reading the local eBird lists and noticed that birders have noticed that the species lists have dropped down to 10-20 species per outing.

One reason I prefer fishing to birding is that I've never been "skunked" while birding. there have been many times that I've gone fishing and didn't even get a bite but I always see at least some birds. The other day I caught a Barred Owl napping in a tree. 
I must admit that I was disappointed that it wouldn't open his eyes.I realized that the eyes of an owl are what give it that mystical appearance.
One thing I enjoy about winter birding is seeing the return of winter ducks like the Hooded Merganser.
This dog on a skateboard stopped me in my tracks. It wasn't just standing on the skateboard but actually propelled itself by using one of its feet.I wish that I had the chance to make a video!


Nan said...

That dog! Amazing. Did you talk to the owners? I'd love to know the story behind how the dog learned to do it. I love the owl with its eyes closed. It looks sweeter somehow than when the eyes are open. I suppose it is so busy when awake that the eyes are always working. The Merganser doesn't look real. I've never seen one.
I meant to ask if you've seen Evening Grosbeaks? After not seeing them for years, they seem to be back at our feeders - around a dozen of them. Pure delight to see them again.

Larry said...

I didn't get much chance to talk to the owners.I haven't seen an Evening Grosbeak for 20 years. Would love to though.

Anu said...

Hello. The owl and Hooded merganser are great. The dog looks awesome!

Crafty Green Poet said...

What a cooj dog! The owl and merganser are beautiful