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