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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Security Detail

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  As many of you know, I am now the Head of Security here at Ao4 Headquarters.  When Mom said she was going to head out to Tuttle Creek State Park to do some birding yesterday, I knew it was my duty to go with her!

It was a breezy day. Well, OK. We had wind gusts of 50 miles per hour. That could be more than breezy. In this photo, you can see some of the leaves blowing all around:


The dock we usually stand on was soaking wet from the waves splashing up, so we opted to not stand on it. It could be slippery - safety first!

We drove over to another area of the park. Here I am, after getting out of the car:


Can you see the wind blowing my leash around? And in this next shot, you can see it fluffing up my furs!

"Wheee!  Feel the breeze, Mom!"

So far, it had been pretty much of a blowout as far as seeing birds went. We walked over to where the River Pond meets the Big Blue River and had a look around.

"Looks safe.  We can go down to the water's edge."

"Hmm.  'Warning.  Submerged da--' Oh, my!  They don't have to swear about it!"

Just kidding.  And a good warning!  I made sure Mom didn't jump into the water and swim downstream.

We walked along the shore for a while ...


We did see some Common Mergansers way off in the distance. Here's the best shot Mom could get:

Common Mergansers
The one with the cool hairdo is the female

She said it was hard holding the camera still in that wind.

Here I am looking around at the River Pond:

Me doing a safety check

Not much bird action out there, either, so we got into the car again and drove to yet another area.  We drove slowly along the windy roads of the park for a bit, and then --

"WAIT!  I see something!"

Check it out:


Is it just me, or is that guy giving us a dirty look?  And his friend over on the right sure has his feathers ruffled!  Ha roowooroo.  Just kidding - it was the wind again.

I'm not just Head of Security, I'm a birder, too!  We eventually saw some more different birdies, but it was hard for Mom to get good shots of them.  We had fun anyway!

Thanks for coming to the state park with us!  If you'd like to see the rest of our photos, please click here.



  1. OH BOY Cammie... TOMORROW I (Frankie Furter) am gonna tell a STORY about a GOOSE and an EGG and a Dachshund.
    We think that maybe it was just TOO windy fur the birds to be out and about...

  2. Camm sure looked like one heck of a windy walk. We had a little rain today but not much luckily. Hope your weather improves and you get to do some more bird watching. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. wow - there was some serious wind. guess sometimes the adventure is more about being there than the pictures (which is OK).

  4. We had those winds yesterday too, and today they are worse - we even had t-storms and tornado warnings. Been a wild day around here, but now it has all gone to the northeast. We hope it is staying clear of your birth home, Cammie.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  5. Safety first Cammie! Good job.

  6. You make a great birding companion for your mom.

  7. Thank goodness you went along. She could have been blown away
    Lily & Edward

  8. You are a stickler about security Cammie which is a good thing since we didn't want your mom swimming to that dam!

  9. Good Job, Cammie. I'm so glad that Dam didn't get your mom!

  10. You had a windy day like we did! Thank goodness you went along to watch out for your mom, Cammie!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  11. I'm worried about you needing to prevent mom from jumping in the river. I wonder if Maggie's sillies have gotten to her.


  12. Hi Cammie!
    You look so sweet in the photo sat in the car, it looks like you had such a fab adventure by the lake and seeing the birdies! You have a super security job, I have the same job in my place, I like to patrol the place!
    PS, I love the pink collar and lead!
    Love and licks from your furiend Frank xxxxxxx

  13. Your momma is SUPER lucky she has you looking out for her. That way she can just concentrate on taking pictures and not have to worry about security issues!

  14. Wow Cammie, it sure was windy out there!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo