Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bird Things To Ponder



I am headed up to the log cabin tomorrow morning and here are the bird things I'm pondering:

  1. Have my loons returned? Did they miss me?
  2. Will the loons have another social hour like I witnessed above?
  3. Will there be a Wood Duck in my nest box? Or will I find another Red Winged Blackbird I have to evict?
  4. Will the Pileated Woodpecker ever give me more than 2 seconds to take a photo of him?
  5. Will the Chickadees keep eating out of my hand? Or will they decide they like my husband more? (They land on him within seconds of him standing out there!)
  6. Will I ever see an owl?
  7. Will a Rose breasted Grosbeak eat out of my hand so I can trump Dave at Dave's Birdwatching blog?
  8. Do the neighbors think I'm crazy as they see me talking to the birds? (I know the answer to that question!)
  9. Will I be able to master my new camera lens? Or will I drop it in the water when I'm kayaking this summer?
  10. And finally, will National Geographic ever call me?


39 comments:

Mildred said...

A cute post Shelley! I know you are looking forward to time at the cabin. Good luck!

Lynne said...

These are all good questions Shelley. I am most excited to see what you think of your new lens.

Have fun!

Kallen305 said...

HA Shelley!!! I hope all of the stuff you want to happen happens and all of the stuff you don't want to happen won't! ;o)

Your log cabin sounds like heaven. Whatever happens I am sure it will be lovely.

NCmountainwoman said...

I love a woman with high expectations. Of course those things will come to pass, especially the hand-fed grosbeak.

The Retired One said...

Well, if National Geographic hasn't called you yet, it is THEIR loss.
Your pictures are fantastic. I can't imagine how they will get any better with a new lens. How do you trump perfection?
Love this pictures's mist in the background, too!
Keep em coming!!!
(I am serious when I said before that you should consider teaching a photography class. If you decide to do that, I would love to come. Just name the date and cost!)

The Retirement Chronicles

Dorothy said...

Good Morning Shelley! Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment!! I love your beautiful blog and your sense of humor!!!!
My Chickadees are so shy and fast, I can't imagine them lighting on you or eating out of your hand!!!

Bird Girl said...

You are so funny, Shelley! One thing for sure out of the entire list - watch OUT for that new lens going in the water! It happened to me twice! Thankfully it was just my point and shoot tele lens and it dried out and I'm still using it! With the big expensive lens you have - you drop it...it's GOODBYE $$$!
I can relate to all of your ponderings - so cute you are ;-)

Cathy Clementz said...

I'll have a lot of catching up to do when we get back! Enjoy your time at the cabin.

Richard said...

To answer your questions...yes, no, maybe, probably, and to the last on don't hold your breath. I'm waiting on #9. This could prove interesting.

Mike and Lizette's Travels and Thoughts said...

Nice list to ponder, hopefully you get good results.

Deborah Godin said...

Well, keep us posted an the answers to all over these questions! And, as someone who has been struggling recently with a (polite adjectives fail me) Sonycam, I have to ask about question 9...intentionally?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Have fun at the cabin and co be careful for that new lens.:)About Nat.Geo.well who knows.
Blessings,Ruth

Shellmo said...

Richard - now that you've dashed my dreams on Nat'l Geographic - maybe I'll change it to the Michigan Audubon. They called once -they may call again! LOL!!!

Mary said...

Such deep questions to ponder! I'd be tickled pink to have one chickadee eat from my hand and you want a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, no less! Hope it happens!

Abe Lincoln said...

I liked the last two. Smiled.

Gobsmacks

Kelly said...

...that is one of the most beautiful photos I've ever seen of loons. So nice!! (funny post too...I wonder where Nat Geo is...and Animal Planet for the Bird Whisperer).

Lanny said...

RING RING RING

"Mmm Good morning, is this Miss Shellmo?"

"Great, this is National Geographic, we have fired all our other birdographers and we are hoping you will take the job!"

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Here's what I'm Pondering, Shelley:

When will Greg and Shelley get tired of that log cabin --and give it to us???? A birdie told me about all of the waterfalls up there.... Hmmmmmm...

Hugs,
Betsy

fishing guy said...

Shelly: Great set of questions and a wonderful photo of the loons. I do know one answer, the bird whisperer will overcome any fear from the birds. Yes, the neighbors think your crazy but what do they know. Finally, I'm also waiting on that call from National Geo graphics. They did want my money for the magazine.

The Early Birder said...

Beautifully serene photo Shelly. Have a good trip & I'm sure everything will come to pass eventually.

holdingmoments said...

Hiya Shelley, arrived here via Franks blog, The Early Birder.
Really like your pictures, beautiful. Good luck with the 'ponderings'. :)

Jessica said...

Loons have been reported at several local lakes in my area. A few days ago I headed out to a lake that a friend of mine saw one on. I didn't see him/her. I think they are just migrating through because they nest farther north as you know. Good luck with getting yours back on your lake again!

Have a great weekend.....

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Beautiful loon shot, Shell!!! Love your post. :D Did you know you can submit photos to National Geographic from their website?

You are my favorite bird photographer!!!

Hugs, JJ

jalynn01 said...

I hear you...and I have one word Patience. It will all come to pass to you if you can wait on it. AND if you get the grosbeak eating out of your hand I will be absolutely amazed..Mine are so skitish.

jalynn01 said...

I hear you...and I have one word Patience. It will all come to pass to you if you can wait on it. AND if you get the grosbeak eating out of your hand I will be absolutely amazed..Mine are so skitish.

bennie and patsy said...

I hope you have luck with all but the one about the inquisitive neighbor and the camera in the lake.
Patsy

Leedra said...

We are all hoping on number 10, and worry about 9. Water and camera is always a scarey combination. I thought you were going to say the loons are back. Hopefully they were when you got there.

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BirdingMaine said...

Good questions and I hope they are answered the way you want them answered. Have a great time!

Ginnymo said...

Ha! I love your list of thoughts or questions. I hope you see all that you'd like to. That is so cool that the Chickadees eat out of your hand. They are such cute birds and always seem real friendly. Have fun at the cabin. I love the photo of the Loons. What a cool picture!!

Montanagirl said...

Shelley, a very sweet post. Love the questions. I'm waiting to hear how you like that lens!! Fess up and tell us. I'm thinking of buying one also.

MuseSwings said...

Very good questions - all of them. Yes to all you want a yes answer to and NO to the others.

Jayne said...

LOL Shelley... great ponderables! And yes, I am sure you will soon be on NatGeo's speed dial. :c)

troutbirder said...

The answers are all going to be YES!

Deb said...

Have a wonderful time at the Cabin Shelley. Great questions :-) and photo.

Tina said...

lol..that was cute!! I really hope you don't drop that new lens..any where! I want to see some up close and personal pics of those loons!!

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

OH National Geograhic should be so lucky to have your photos in their magazine!
Have fun at the cabin!
Beth

Nick S said...

Best of luck Shelley. Hope your birdies return !

Daisy said...

I hope you find all the answers to your questions, Shelley. I think National Geographic should have called you a long time ago!

Knatolee said...

I suspect National Geographic WILL call you! :)