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Monday, March 18, 2013

Army of Birds Digest, Post Number 3

Ha roo, pups and kit-cats!  It's me, Zim.  OK.  One last day of bird pix, then it's back to business around here - promise!  When we last tuned in, our mom was somewhere in Tuttle Creek State Park with her friend and a pair of Border Collies...

IMG_0655cps Trail Marker?

We have no idea what that is, but it seemed like a good place to start the post.  We all know my mom's sense of direction ... or lacking thereof.  Let's hope those BCs were able to herd her in the right direction.

Anyway ... back to the birds!  Here's a pair of those ducks with the cool hairdos -- Mergansers!

IMG_0672cps Mergansers

That female looks like she's walking right across the water!

Overhead, a Red Tailed Hawk was circling!

IMG_0692cps Red Tailed Hawk

Isn't he cool?  I love hawks.

Mom and her friend also saw a little pack of Coots!

IMG_0714cps Coots

As I said when Mom and I saw some Coots together one day, they look like adults, but aren't necessarily "old Coots".  Ha roo roo roo!  I crack myself up.  Here's a closer look:

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There was a Cormorant perched out on a tree sticking up out of the water:

IMG_0793cps Cormorant

He was surrounded by lots of different ducks!  Here are a bunch of them that were over by the bank:

IMG_0801cps Coots, Gadwalls, Northern Shovellers

If I'm not mistaken, there are Gadwalls, Northern Shovellers, and a Coot or two in there!  (Editing to add Redhead Ducks!)  Here's another look at the Shovellers:

IMG_0808cps Northern Shovellers

Mom had never seen those before!

Here are the Redhead Ducks (I thought they were Gadwalls, but I'm editing!):

IMG_0814cps Gadwalls

I wonder if it's the same couple that were hanging out at the Kansas Ocean a while back?  I have to think they would have told my mom to say "QUACK" to me, if they were.

IMG_0824cps Gadwalls

Gotta love a redhead, don't cha?

There were lots of Canada Geese around, too.  Mom was able to get a couple shots of some in flight!

IMG_0872cps Canada Geese

Mom has a special spot in her heart for flying geese.  For the full story, please click here.  The short version is that they remind her of our great-brother Booter.

IMG_0874cps Canada Geese

So, yeah.  Mom had a great morning birding with her friend!  And me and Dave?  Home alone, hard at work!  Yep, as members of the Working Breed, it is our duty to be "on" at all times!  In fact, Mom snuck into the house when she got home and snapped a couple iPhone pix of us guys hard at work on Guard Duty.

Here I am:

IMG_3892z Zim
Breakfast Room sentry post

Yep.  I had the Breakfast Room covered!  And Dave?  He had an even bigger mission!  Keeping the Living Room safe!  Check him out:

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Dave's Guard Post in the Living Room

I know.  We deserve extra treats, don't we?

We didn't post all of Mom's bird pix here, so if you'd like to see more, please visit our FlickR set of Birds! at this link.

Tomorrow, our blog will return to normal.  No more birds.  Really.

Play bows,


  1. Great bird shots. I love em. And you know what? My MOM too has a special spot in her heart for a Goose. hahhhaaha. I bet she feels so at ease when she is out with the birds to know that all is safe and sound at home.

  2. Your mom was able to sneak in the house and you boys didn't even wake up? Good thing you were keeping the house safe.


  3. We loved seeing all of your Mom's bird shots.


  4. Oh but we love looking at the birdies. I love trying to catch coots. Pawsome sentry duty guys. You both deserve extra treats. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. We just happen to think that you guys are doing a great job keeping your home secure!
    We love all of the birdie pictures. Your mom can post all that she wants to!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  6. I'm just always so impressed by your devotion to duty! Do you EVER get a day off?

  7. WE have truly ENJOYED this BIRD SERIES. Super Pictures and grrrreat selection of DIFFERENT TYPES of BIRDS.

  8. I'd really like to visit that park. I love birds.

  9. Old Coots! HAHAHAHA

    Mrs. Master taught "Leave it" and has since wished she used something else b/c she's afraid she hurts people's feelings when she yells out, "LEAVE IT!" when I sniff them as they walk by. I don't know why they would be offended.


  10. The hawk photo is gorgeous! We sure hope you got lots of treats for your hard work holding the fort down while your mom was off bird watching!

  11. We really enjoyed all the birdies, too! Hey Guys!! You WORK like we do, only mom sometimes finds us on the bed!! BOL!!

    -Bart, Ruby and Otto

  12. You better stop snoozing on the job
    Benny & Lily

  13. I love seeing the bird pictures. It is also nice to see you are both on duty and always at the ready at home.

    Loveys Sasha