Round on Both Ends

Have you heard the riddle we grew up with?

“What’s round on both ends and high in the middle?”*

It was our destination early this spring — specifically near the southern Lake Erie shoreline, which the local marketing folks like to call The North Coast. After Ellen spent about a week visiting her mother we did some birdwatching, catching amazing views during this migratory season, like this Great Blue Heron in flight…

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…and another calmly awaiting lunch:

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This Red-Winged Blackbird in flight…

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…and at rest:

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Great Egrets waded in the ponds a few miles south of Lake Erie, patiently fishing:

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We know this area well, so scouted out other less-trampled spots to see what we might find…. and there, in the tree….

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…can that be?

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Yes, it is! A tree full of — cormorants!

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I don’t know about you, but I was pretty surprised to see these web-footed diving birds on the branches of a tree!

Nearby, this pair of Mute Swans paddled leisurely around the pond…

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…while this pair of Canada Geese paraded their family at the edge of the water:

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But the pond was only so big, which meant the swans and geese kept a wary eye on each other:

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It wasn’t long before the geese crossed some imaginary line and into what the swans considered their territory:

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This assault sent the goose scrambling, and the swan headed back onto the pond to resume its afternoon swim.

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This was casual, stop-by-the-side-of-the-road birdwatching. What might we see if we officially join other birdwatchers at a true birdwatching event? More on that… next time!
* O-HI-O!

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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3 Responses to Round on Both Ends

  1. Sometimes the stop-by-the-road sightings are the best ones!

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