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Hitchcock "The Birds"

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Hitchcock "The Birds"
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur A group of Caspian terns flew up as we went by on our pontoon boat.

Love the orange bills.

Have a great long weekend. The weather forecast is great for southern Ontario

Great crested fly catcher

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Great crested fly catcher
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur At the visitors centre in Rondeau Provincial Park.

Can he stick the landing?

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Can he stick the landing?
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur The judges are watching closely, it's been a great routine, but, now he needs to stick the landing to take the lead in the competition .

To fly like the wind...

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To fly like the wind...
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur A sailboarder looked like he was going to lift off while speeding across Rondeau Bay.

Say it ain't so!

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Say it ain't so!
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Could love really be dead?
No way!
Have a good weekend.

Lazy days of summer

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Lazy days of summer
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur The livin' is easy in the halcyon days of summer, but when the leaves fall he better get busy.

He seems to be a hybrid with the white tip to his tail and his mustache.

Another hummingbird

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Another hummingbird
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur I have been taking dozens if not hundreds of photos of hummingbirds in our yard.

I think this is my favourite so far. I was trying different settings and tried aperture priority and this was the result

Where Anne's flowers go

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Where Anne's flowers go
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur The flowers in some of Anne's planters keep disappearing, now we know why.
This chipmunk was climbing through the planters eating flowers as it went.

The smallest feather

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The smallest feather
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur I found this small feather, by accident, and I think it is from a downey woodpecker.

The coin is a Canadian penny, the feather was about 1/4 inch long

Dry skin

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Dry skin
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Do you ever get dry, itch skin that drives you crazy?

Do like the snakes, shed your entire skin, including eye lids.

Snakes out grow thier skins and they need to be shed. This skin is abour 5 feet long and belonged to a fox snake.

Tiny feet

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Tiny feet
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Such tiny little feet. It's a wonder they can land on anything.

This is an oriole feeder but the hummers seem to like it

Caught the drop, missed the bird.

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Caught the drop, missed the bird.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur If you look closely you will see a blurred hummingbird in the top right.

I was trying for the drop and didn't notice the hummer until I viewed it on the monitor.

Bad Hair Day

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Bad Hair Day
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur ..hope your weekend is better than his hair.

Fuzzy head

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Fuzzy head
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur This young Ruby throated hummingbird seems to have a few fluffy feathers left.

We had 9 hummingbirds at our three back yard feeders at one time. There is another feeder in the front yard so there are probably more.

The Beagle Boys Go Fishing

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The Beagle Boys Go Fishing
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur ..or maybe just sun bathing.
They carefully checked out each boat as it went by.

Odd looking hummingbird

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Odd looking hummingbird
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur This oriole tends to feed at the hummingbird feeder.
The hummer feeds at the oriole feeder so I guess it is only fair.

The itsy bitsy spider ....

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The itsy bitsy spider ....
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur didn't go up the water spout, he was lunch

Food fight

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Food fight
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Darwin at work. MY food source, back off!
We have been woodpecker central recently, lots of recently fledged woodpeckers coming in to feed.
We have had at least 6 hummingbirds swarming a feeder as well.

Hope you don't have to fight for your food on the weekend.

To my American friends, have a happy Fourth.

I'm as busy as a cat

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I'm as busy as a cat
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Just one of those sayings that never caught on.