July 31, 2008

Brown thrasher


Northern thrasher
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
He hopped right up to the truck and posed for me.
Taking a few days off so photos will be lower resolutions- dial up is all we can get.

July 30, 2008

Is it real or is it Memorex

This is another of the bronze sculptures we saw on the weekend. The level of realism is exceptional and the subject matter used to be a common sight on local ponds when I was a kid.

July 29, 2008

Howling at the moon


Howling at the moon
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Another sculpture at the RBG.

I almost bought this one, it tickled my sense of the absurd.

July 28, 2008

Monday mornings are ok.


Monday mornings are ok.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This sculpture is about 15 feet tall and until October is part of an exhibit at the RBC in Hamilton Ontario.

The photo can't do it justice.

July 24, 2008

Yellow headed black bird.

We don't get to see these very often. A few wander into Ontario but they are a common bird in North Dakota.

July 16, 2008

How many legs can you count?

Anne found what appeared to be a nest of Daddy Long Legs( I'm sure someone knows thier proper name) in the yard.

You really have to look at this large to see what is going on.

I can't tell how many spiders are in there but there are a lot of legs.

Photo by Anne

July 14, 2008

Down the garden path


Down the garden path
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Sunday was the local butterfly count, how many species and the numbers of each species, and some of the counters came to our yard.

This counter, Kip who is 6 foot, went down our garden path and almost disappeared.

The garden was planted by seed four years ago.

Eventually a search party was sent in to rescue him.

July 11, 2008

Bottoms up!


Bottoms up!
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Ever been mooned by a woodpecker?
Can you tell the species?

Have a good weekend.

July 09, 2008

Captain, I think I see land out there.

We went for a three hour cruise looking for nesting turtles.

You can see thier tracks in the sand and follow them to the nest. It doesn't seem to bother them when they are laying.

No luck this night.

July 07, 2008

Good peanuts


Good peanuts
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Lots of woodpeckers in the yard this past weekend.
There is a definite hierarchy among the woodpeckers.
At the bottom downies, next hairy then red headed and top dog (?) is the red bellied.

Nothing messes with the red bellied not even starlings or grackles.

July 03, 2008

I'm 4 weeks old and I love to run.

and run he did. Back and forth through the field, "sneaking" up on the other foal then racing off again.

July 02, 2008

Happy Canada Day, eh!


Happy Canada Day, eh!
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A day late and a dollar short, but here's my Canada Day post.

This fine flag waving porcine is a chainsaw carving.
He is located just outside Rondeau Park.