Troutbirder II

Troutbirder II
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Monday, January 4, 2010

Neighbors Woods

It's not always easy to find places where a large and rambunctious dog can safely run free. Yes, I know people walking their dogs should have then well trained enough to stay at heel. Well, truth to tell, I have had neither the will nor the ambition to do that. All my Lab and Chesapeake hunting dogs were rigorously trained to hunt under control. They were also well behaved with friends, family and even visiting strangers. Baron is spoiled rotten. He has the basics of being housebroken, doesn’t jump on people, chase deer and tolerates the cat. Otherwise, I like and encourage his independent nature. Thus we head off to public places like State Parks or Wildlife Management Areas, only if the season and timing is right i.e. it’s deserted. Wildlife Management Areas (W.M.A's also qualify year round. Bike trails do not qualify for this list though.
The best places to go in the busy spring and summer seasons are some woodlots adjacent to our neighbors farms. Dick and Sharon, Rick and Gina have graciously granted permission for the Troutbirders to walk their overgrown puppy through the woods. Here is a short list of some of the wild (mostly birds) and not so wild creatures we have seen.

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Blue Jay

White Throated Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Female Cardinal

Red Headed Woodpecker

Wild Turkey


Myrtle Warbler a.k.a. "butterbutt"

Other birds seen: Swainsons Thrush, Black& White Warbler, Northern Harrier (Marsh Hawk), Troutfarm Eagle, American Redstart, House Wren, Tree Swallow, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Meadowlark, and Baltimore Oriole.

Whitetail Deer Fawn

Dangerous Woods Creatures


  1. It looks like you an Baron had fun. I really enjoy your bird shots.

  2. Nice photos. Now what did Mrs. T have to say about that last caption? Baron is behaved like my Piper- enough to keep him out of trouble, but still independent (sort of sounds like a man) :)

  3. Butterbutt? Is that your own name for it? Looks like your lovely pics were from warmer days. I'm thinking about digging through my files because it's too dang cold out to walk!

  4. Looks like a very wonderful place for Baron to walk you. :c)

  5. That's a really neat place! I just love the pictures of all the creatures you've seen! (Even the "dangerous" ones! ;-)

  6. Back in the day when we had a Lab in our family, we were lucky enough to own 80 acres where she could run like the wind.

    The white throated sparrow is cuter than I expected. Bird watching is the best, isn't it?

    What courage Baron shows in getting so close to the dangerous woods creature.