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#FrameItFriday (week 20, season 2)

#FrameItFriday (week 20, season 2)

Yippee-ki-yay it's birding week (or 2) on my page!

How's this one for a start, bit risqué but hey, tis the season.

For all you birders be it by binoculars, camera or both this is the time of year that is so, so exciting....migration time! Point Pelee in Ontario is THE place for checking off "first time seen" or "lifers". I didn't go there....bit too intense with crowds for me but I did go to Rondeau Provincial Park which is probably an hour closer to my home. There's less of a crowd which suits me just fine.

I FINALLY made it there the other day and it did not disappoint me. BTW, the photo of the tree swallows is not from there. It was taken at Windermere Basin in the Burlington/Hamilton area.

So, being the lover of birds that I am but not necessarily the master of ID'ing them (I rely on da Google and da friends on here to help me with that). For the most part I wandered the trails alone, at a nice and leisurely pace, even dawdled! Occasionally I came upon a group of true birding junkies (and I say that with the utmost respect). They'd be pointing and holding binoculars or cameras to their eyes at newly budding trees that apparently had a rare bird in it or sometimes "just a silly Robin".

What was cool about the whole thing is that as the day wore on when I came upon a group of folks I'd ask "what we looking at today?" They'd point into the swamp, up in the trees, down in the brush, sometimes close, sometimes far off and say excitedly "it's a __________bird". They were so kind they'd say "come here, stand here where I am, look up there (or down there or thru there)" and then they'd say "now that's a _______________thrush, surely you can remember that until you get home."

I'd just met them, obviously they had no idea I have worst the habit of listening in one ear and it all blowing out the other.

Anywhooooo, it could not have been a more perfect day and I plan on going back (anyone want to join me, pm me). I got some shots of some pretty cool birds, missed seeing an Indigo Bunting (if you're not a birder, they're really sweet little things just like their name), was helped by many kind folks and spent the last hour on the trail with a retired guy named Floyd who's rubber boots were a bit to big on him so he walked a bit like a penguin...BUT he was a very sweet man.

I hope you will enjoy my version of #BirdingWeek. Have a GREAT long weekend and play safe!

Peace, love and kumbaya,


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