December 31, 2008

Past time to migrate

Anne was at Erieau Tuesday December 30/08 looking for ducks and white fronted geese.

The white fronted had moved on but she did hear a kingfisher from the orther side of the Erieau channel.

Another birder pointed ou this bird taling shelter behind an old willow.


If you look closely you can see a clump of ice around its ankle.



Way past time to migrate dude!

December 19, 2008

The buck and the corn


The buck and the corn
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This is a new one as far as we know. We haven't had an antlered deer in close before.
Anne puts out a small cracked corn for the deer.

Photo by Anne

December 18, 2008

She's back


She's back
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Notch is back for the third year in a row.
Normally she has a young one with her, but not this year.

It's nice having an identifying mark so you know it is the same one returning each winter.

Taken through the wonderful wildlife window.

December 17, 2008

The rare Moustache Tree


The rare Moustache Tree
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
The moustache tree is very rare and the handlebar moustache variety is rarer still

I have yet to see a soul patch tree.

December 10, 2008

Sticking your nose in where it doesn't belong.

Stuck!!

Our as our younger son said when he was little -- duck, duck--

This downey decided to raid the hummingbird feeder.

He became a regular to the displeasure of the hummers

December 08, 2008

He's not sharing!


He's not sharing!
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
The fights at the suet feeder are escalating in hte cold weather.

December 03, 2008

November 27, 2008

chrysalis


chrysalis
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I needed some sun shine and or colour today.
This is from the archives.

To my American friends -
Happy Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2008

diving gulls


diving gulls
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Normally turns dive under the water to feed but this time it was gulls.
I haven't seen this type of behaviour before.
They looked like northern gannets diving for food.

November 14, 2008

Fixation


Fixation
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Fixation - an obsession
- a preoccupation with one subject, issue

November 12, 2008

November 10, 2008

COUNTRY LIVING.


COUNTRY LIVING.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Ahhh, the joys of outdoor living, personally I prefer an outhouse

November 06, 2008

Bringing in the harvest.

This is a very large combine that takes up both lanes and the shoulders on a country road.
It makes short work of a filed of corn.

And that's a lot of corn flakes.

November 05, 2008

sumack


sumack
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I enjoy fall for the lack of bugs, cool nights and warm days, butterflies, migrating warblers and the folage.

October 29, 2008

October 28, 2008

October 14, 2008

properler head


properler head
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Are you old enough to remember propeller beanies from the 50's and early 60's?
Well they have updated the idea, we now have propeller trucks.

Photo by Anne at 65 mph, thur the windshield.

October 10, 2008

TURKEYVILLE


TURKEYVILLE
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving.
I would suggest to our large feathered friends stay out of town.

October 09, 2008

The Stone Monkey


The Stone Monkey
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This monkey is on the top of the Courthouse in Woodstock.

The story is the stone mason was stiffed by the mayor and council on his bill.
He finished his work including carving 13 monkeys, 1 each for the mayor and twelve councilors, on the building, for making a monkey out of him.

October 08, 2008

the Nays have it.


the Nays have it.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
it seems everyone is voting, Canadians on Oct 14 and the US on November 4.

A circle of grackles met on the bath and seemed to be voting.
I wonder who lost?

October 06, 2008

Laurel sphinx caterpillar

There are so mnay interesting things to see in the fall. Uou just have to take the time to look.

October 01, 2008

Snakes and Shadows


Snakes and Shadows
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Snakes are coming onto the road in the mornings, probably to get warm.
Or maybe just to cross the road.

Anne saw this one playing snakes and shadows.

September 29, 2008

Bath time

Hey, somebody turn the water on!


We have 4 bird baths in our yard.

The two raised baths seem to get more action than the ground ones.
In the fall we get flocks passing through and they can empty a bath in minutes.


We had a large number of grackles who spent more time posturing than bathing.

A flock of smaller birds spent their time bathing.

September 15, 2008

There be dragons here…


It really is amazing the things we have crawling, sitting and flying in our yards.
It doesn’t matter if you live in the city or in the country; the beasties are there if you take a close look.

This is a Tiger Swallow Tail caterpillar.


Its first line of defense is that it looks like bird droppings.


If that doesn’t discourage the predator the display their horns.


They look like a forked tongue but they aren’t

September 12, 2008

Hanging by a thread


Hanging by a thread
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
You've heard the expression well here is proof.

We went for a walk on a closed road and haning in the middle was this little white fellow. It was about 20 feet to the nearest over hanging branch.

If you look at it in large and you can just make out the thread.

Uploaded by ricmcarthur

September 05, 2008

Soap Box Derby - updated

When I was a kid we didn't have any fancy starting set up. We just found a hill and we were off.

Now a days there is a racing circut for the derby.This was the final , two brothers racing for the championship.

I wonder if it Is as much fun as we had racing down hills with no adults. Just kids having fun.




The one on the right won by 3/100 of a second.



I think we had more fun building our own from what ever we could beg, borrow, or steal. The wheels might fall off half way down the hill, or the steering would fail and we would hit a tree but we weren't coddled and we learned to be independent.

Lose the protectionist adults and bring on the fun!