May 30, 2008

May 28, 2008

Can you hear me now?


Can you hear me now?
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
One of our local chippers found his way into the feeder and it looks like his cheeks are going to explode.
I like the way he's holding on with his left "hand".

May 23, 2008

Darn that Medusa

Ralph was a good guy then that Medusa came by and turned him to stone.

Have a good weekend.

May 16, 2008

DUNLIN


DUNLIN
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A small flock - 50 birds- of dunlin were feeding beside the road at a marsh just outside of Rondeau Provincial Park.

The kept on feeding and just ignored the bird watchers.

This marsh was all phragmities last. year. A removal experiment was started in the fall and so far wildlife has been returning. Egrets, GBH, Shovelers, osprey and now dunlin are being seen where there was nothing before.

May 15, 2008

Who'll stop the rain?


Who'll stop the rain?
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
It's been raining for days.
You make food appear but you let it rain on my parade.

Who'll stop the rain?

May 14, 2008

Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Spring migration brings such beautiful birds through our area.
They can be hard to see and you are subject to "warbler neck".
Literally a pain in the neck from looking up at the tops of trees.

May 09, 2008

Colour in motion


Colour in motion
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This Rose Breasted Grosbeak was trying to get seeds from one of our feeders.
The landing area was to small so he did his humming grosbeak act.

May 08, 2008

Orchard oriole


Orchard oriole
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Thie orchard oriole has been frequenting our yard.
Unusual for us, we seldom see an orchard. Lots of Baltimores.

Last night we had orchard and baltimore orioles on the feeder along with red bellied and red headed woodpeckers and a few male goldfinchres for good measure. The colour bouquet was amazing.

May 07, 2008

Northern water thrush


Northern water thrush
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
He's a little Skulker, likes still water and eats bugs. Yummy.

Migration is in full swing. There have been 22 warbler species in the park along with various shore birds, gulls and terns, sparrows, oriloes and much more

If you live near Rondeau this would be a good weekend to visit.

May 02, 2008

First photo


First photo
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Got a new camera and this was the first usuable shot. Several blurry ones first, I didn't set it to auto focus.