Monday, June 1, 2009

BIRDS AND BFFs


Thanks to all who commented about my mystery bird yesterday, and special thanks to Ruth, for the link. It was indeed a Ruddy Turnstone. I had temporarily lost my IDing mojo because I forgot one of the cardinal rules (pun intended) of birding: Just because you see a bird in a habitat or setting where it shouldn't be, doesn't mean it can't BE that bird. I never even considered that a shorebird like a Ruddy Turnstone (who should have been a several kilometers away at Point Pelee, poking around in the beach at the sandy Tip) would be in strolling through the grass in a public park, binging on midges like the starlings and grackles do. I can only add that this bird's Ruddy Turnstone plumage was a little mottled-looking, and not quite symmetrical on both sides of its body, and there have been a lot of strange birds and squirrels around here lately, but still...now that you've all added your expertise and I've seen more photos, I don't know how I missed this one!!


Tomorrow my BFF Sydney, whom I've mentioned here from time to time, is coming to visit for the week. The house is clean, everything is ready, and the cats have been admonished to be on their best behavior - to which they responded with those earnest attentive looks that translate as, "And will she be bringing food?" Sydney and I don't have any firm plans as yet; we'll kind of make it up as we go, but I wanted to let you know that I may not be posting very much over the week, and probably not visiting my blog friends as much either. I mean, catching up on everything back home in Alberta, shopping, going to the A&W vintage car cruise night, lunching at the restaurant with the outdoor koi pool, drinking Coronas and lime on the patio, solving the problems of the world...there's just an awful lot we need to accomplish! So I'll see you soon, my friends, take care one and all!




Photos top to bottom: Ruddy Turnstone, building in Black Diamond, Alberta, Leamington, Ontario sign.




Bonus Bird Link: http://www.clickondetroit.com/family/19620034/detail.html

20 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Glad you found out what your bird was, Deb... He's gorgeous!!!

You and Sidney will do what Judy and I did-----lots of TALKING I'm sure!!! ha

Have a wonderful visit.
Hugs,
Betsy

Lin said...

have fun, it's so exciting to have your bff visiting.

Wren said...

I love getting together with my BFF when she comes to visit. We have much the same agenda, though you'd think after all this time we'd have solved at least ONE of the world's problems, wouldn't you?

Ruth said...

Enjoy your visit and the blogging break. Hope the weather improves for you, or perhaps it is warmer in Leamington than it is here. (brrrrrr!)

Quiet Paths said...

Have a really great week!

zoya gautam said...

" lunching at the restaurant with the outdoor koi pool, drinking Coronas and lime on the patio, solving the problems of the world "

wishing u , bot with ur bff ,..

( bot > the best of times )

Sydney said...

I am packed and very excited!

Shellmo said...

Have a wonderful time with your BFF!!!

Rajesh said...

That is nice!!

SandyCarlson said...

I hope you and your friend have a wonderful time together.

That bird looks a bit like a fellow I spotted on Saturday. A right noise creature.

I will keep an eye out for my guy. A relative, perhaps.

gautami tripathy said...

Have a great time!

Hugs!

fourwindsphotojournal said...

Well, you just have fun and enjoy yourself. We will be here when next week

The only shore birds around I run across are sea gulls, and I think they are everywhere, now.

Aleta said...

Cool. I keep thinking about the movie "Ruddy" when I see the bird now. Lol.

mom/caryn said...

Dang! I wanna come on your staycation with Sydney. That sounds like TONS of fun!!! I'll be waiting for your report when you get rested up and have taken a little time to savour the new memories made with your BFF.

david mcmahon said...

Sounds like you're going to have a great time ...

Sylvia K said...

Thanks for the info on the bird, Deborah. And I do hope you and Sidney have a marvelous visit, sounds like much fun! And, YES, lots of talking!

Rose said...

All I can say is have a great time with your BFF! I would love to have a week with my BFF--I think we could talk all night and never run out of things to say.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Deborah! Have a very good visit with your friend Sydney. See you when you get back. Lisa

Cloudia said...

Behave kitties!!
BTW, you are invited to a virtual tribute at my blog tomorrow (weds)
Aloha-

Indrani said...

I am reading this so late and I am sure both of you had a great time together. :)