Dog walkin.

This week was just not conducive to birding.  It started on Monday when Jake came trotting over to me in the yard with his head covered in blood.  Always a delight.  Thankfully the source was a tiny ear tear that I was able to bandage up.  Not thankfully, such tears take awhile to heal and I had to keep his ear wrapped tightly to the side of his head for several days. 

Jake is nothing if not tolerant of clothing.  The things I have gotten this dog to wear really boggle the mind, so a head wrap of gauze didn't faze him.  He rarely even batted at it.  Yesterday I finally let him run around without it and it seems to have healed. 

The other reason we didn't bird this week was the weather.  It was January all over again- cold and raining heavily and nonstop.  But yesterday evening the sun came out so we went for a short walk to check for rainbows...

The Osprey nest I have been watching is located on top of those lights but I didn't see any Osprey around.  I was only mildly concerned because there was a big track meet going on and really, what Osprey wants to listen to Gangnam Style blaring from the speakers while teenagers run around in circles below?

This morning I walked the dogs to various ponds along Airport Way and found lots of good stuff...

 Young robin



Western Wood-Pewee

Bunny playing peek-a-boo

Young Bewick's Wren

Bullock's Oriole

I checked my Osprey nest again and still no Osprey.  I swore I saw a head pop up at one point, but I think it was wishful thinking.  Oh well.  This morning's walk added three new motorless birds so I'm up to 110 for the year!  Good times!


  1. Chipper tore and retore both ears, had stitches and a collar. There was blood spray all over our halls and cars. You are very lucky. Great Bushtit photo !

    1. Yeah I thought I remembered seeing photos of that- yikes!

  2. Glad Jake is on the mend! That rainbow shot is fantastic!

  3. Maybe mellow birding but great photos.

    How do dogs tear their ears? Snag em' on something, or has Jake joined Fight Club? Obviously if he had, he wouldn't talk about it...

    1. No Fight Club, just frolicking in the rose bushes... Or maybe that's just his cover story?

  4. Wow, I am glad Jake's ear has healed. How did he do that? The rainbow shot is awesome and I loved all the birds and photos. The Osprey shot is my favorite. Happy birding and have a great weekend!

  5. Poor Jake. Nice to see you got out birding despite the weather. I need to get out, but have been absorbed in gardening when the rain lets up.

  6. Dang, My dogs would go nutz with that thing on, so glad its all healed up. Awesome list for your walk, Excellent Rainbow...hope your Osprey shows up...

  7. Good thing Jake is so tolerant, poor guy! My dog would surely have the bandage off in no time...That is an amazing rainbow! I just read about an Osprey nest here in Central Florida that was built on lights at a baseball field and it caught fire~yikes! Thankfully all three of the young were rescued with very minor burns & are in good hands at the raptor center.


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