July 31, 2007

Least sandpiper


Least sandpiper
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We were out on the boat cruising the edge of the marsh when we saw a number of least sandpipers.
There were solitary and spotted sand pipers as well as a lesser yellow legs.

When we start seeing these shore birds it is an indication that the end of summer isn't to far off.

July 26, 2007

What pink building?


What pink building?
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
When I was much younger I used to go to Florida with my parents to St' Petersburg Beach in Florida.
A standard direction reference was the pink building.
The standard response was what pink building?

Last I heard it was restored and was a luxury hotel.

July 25, 2007

You know it's cold when.....


You know it's cold when.....
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
There is cold and then there's Canadian cold.
We disconected the water falls but left the pump running to keep the water open and attract birds to our yard.
The water was running inside the ice cone.
We barely made it to spring.

This is the pond and water fall we had at our previous house.
The winter was some what chilly.

July 23, 2007

White Sale

We saw in the paper that there was a white chipmunk in London, Ontario so we went to se if we could find it.
He was where he was supposed to be but wouldn't pose for photos.

We then went onto Exeter where they have a variety of white squirrel. They posed nicely.

July 19, 2007

Rose breasted grosbeak


Rose breasted grosbeak
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Not full breeding colour, but still beautiful.
We usually see them in the spring, this is the first summer we recall seeing them.

July 18, 2007

Whats in a name


Whats in a name
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We were wandering around the Scottish country side when we came upon this hardware store.

I think the should franchise it.

July 17, 2007

A few yard visitors this weekend

One sunny day and one cloudy day, and the birds were enjoying the baths both days.
Doing the splits

Spish splash I was takin a bath

Refreshed

Just a sip

Okay, what do i do with the seed now?

July 16, 2007

prickly pear cactus


prickly pear cactus
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Rondeau Provincial Park is on the northern end of the range for prickly pear cactus.

We have several plants on the south side of our cottage. We seldom go along that side and generally neglect any plants along there.

Evidentially they thrive on neglect. We have healthy happy blooming cactus all along the flower bed

July 13, 2007

Sweet tooth


Sweet tooth
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This young downy regularly comes to the oriole feeder for a drink.
There are lots of peanuts and seeds but it seems to prefer the nectar.

July 12, 2007

Red neck camper



He told me it was the latest thing in camping.
Light weight, good cross ventilation.

July 11, 2007

FEEDING JUNIOR


FEEDING JUNIOR
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
The woodpeckers are going crazy feeding their young.
They come into our peanut feeder, take a piece and usually fly off to find junior. This young one was hungry so it stayed with the adult.

July 10, 2007

Dunnottar Castle


Dunnottar Castle

This is where the Scotish crown jewels were kept. When they were under siege the ministers wife smuggled them out and hid them underefloor of the church.

A light fog lent an air of mystery to the place the day we were there.

July 09, 2007

A highland view


A highland view
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
There are views to take your breathe away in Scotland.

The road in the middle is 60mph/100kph, single lane, occasional small pullovers for on coming traffic and that WILL take your breathe away.

July 06, 2007

What was the name of that street?

I'm sure my Scottish friend could tell us the history of this name change, but I just found it funny.

What was I talking about?

July 05, 2007

Whats in a name


Whats in a name
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We were wandering around the country side when we came upon this hardware store.

I think the should franchise it.

July 04, 2007

Oriole and the hawk


Oriole and the hawk
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This young Baltimore Oriole had just fledged and wasn't very good at flying or landing.

After bumbling around the yard he went to the "pond" and drank from the water fountain. He seemed to prefer it to the surface water.

A moment after I took this a coopers hawk swooped in and just missed the oriole. the oriole ran under the table Anne and I were sitting at and the hawk started to follow until it saw us.
The hawk left and eventually the oriole came out and disappeared into the hedge.