Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Another camping trip

Blue Knob State Park was beautiful, though the weather was a little crazy -- rain and cold one minute, then sunny and clear the next, then back to rain and wind, etc. But we took lots of blankets, we hiked some, and we just had a great time.

It was really nice up there and we made some great fires and had good camp food (eggs w/ cheese and veggies, mountain pies with sauteed portobellos and onion and green pepper, s'mores).

Sadly, I didn't actually see any good birds, but I heard lots of them -- Eastern Towhees, Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-headed Vireos, Chipping Sparrows, maybe a Black-throated Green Warbler (zee zee su-zie) and a Hooded Warbler (wheeta-wheeta-wheeteo), and some other sounds I didn't recognize and couldn't find on my birdJam. So no cool bird pics, but I did see this bird:

Indeed, "if they fly you die." *shudder* We were at Wegman's shopping for last-minute camping food when we found this baby in the $5 DVD bin. I resisted the temptation to buy it, however.

I have some camping pics of the site and the park, but they're on my camera in the car. I'll add those later.

For now, I'll add some pics of Niblet from my phone camera:


checking out a bowl of strawberries

getting some morning snuggle time

nuzzling my pillow and hoping for more petting

See how his fur has all grown back on the side of his head? He's all healthy and abcess-free now. I'm so glad I took a chance and switched vets; Ellen saved Niblet's life.

Summer is such hard birding, at least for boreal birds. Too many leaves! Maybe now's the time to focus on waterfowl. Speaking of which, I was doodling around on the Project Gutenberg website and found this great book on duck ID. You can download it for free, including the drawings and stuff. Pretty cool. If you've never looked around on Project Gutenberg, you should -- you can find a lot of great older books, including many of the old classics, all for free. Makes for good reading, if you don't mind reading on the computer. I usually pull up a book then do a "select all" and copy and paste it all into a Word document so I don't have to stay online to read. I highly recommend the site.

Anyway--more bird adventures whenever I have some. In the meantime, hope you're all having a great summer and seeing some good birds. I can hardly believe it's finally July; I'll be leaving in about three and a half weeks. THEN I'll have some adventures for you!


Susan Gets Native said...

Hehe...you said Blue Knob again.

Summer birding sucks, unless you live on 80 beautiful Ohio acres and the birds just fly in your door.
You know who you are...Julie.

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Birding around home here is pretty slow too but up north at Hasty it's wild crazy. So glad to see Niblet all stretched out and beautiful. Love his shiny peepers!

bunnygirl said...

Hi, Niblet! I'm so glad to see you healthy and happy!

Beth said...

Niblet looks great. Glad he recovered so well. Sure will miss you when you move West, but can't wait to read about your adventures.


The Bunns said...

NIBLET! Whoa .. Hi Guy! You are lookin' good. Looks like the caretaker is doing well for you! Even if she is for the birds!

Lisa said...

Hi, Delia!

I am such a goofball about that Niblet. He is just adorable.

dguzman said...

Susan--exactly. Just sayin', right?

Lynne--glad that things up at Hasty are hopping!


Beth--I'm sure I'll have plenty to blog about.

The Bunns--indeed, I love the bunns and the birds!

Lisa--glad to give you a fix of Nibble.

LauraHinNJ said...

Sounds like a fun trip...

How cute is that bunny?!?

NCmountainwoman said...

How nice to see Niblet looking so comfortable and healthy.

Dr. Zaius said...

Yay! More Niblet pictures, please.

Susan Gets Native said...

In the spirit of making Dr. Matty laugh until he wets his pants, go look at my post from yesterday. A pic just for Matty.

dAwN said...

looks like you had a great camping trip..
It is hard to bird this time of year..soo may leaves ..hard to see birds.
So glad your bunny is happy and healthy!

Plan a camping trip said...

nice blog.. try other parks for camping birds are fantastic animal..

Plan a camping trip said...

that's a nice camping,birding around..i'm planing to go camping with my family.