January 30, 2009

looking for spring in all the wrong places

Above average snow fall, below average temperatures and to many grey days.

I'm looking for spring.

January 29, 2009

Bird condo


Bird condo
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
No one was home the day we were there. Usulayy it is full of swallows.

January 28, 2009

Squirrel in a can


Squirrel in a can
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
'm sure I can get to those peanuts if I go up here.

He kept trying for the better part of an hour.

January 27, 2009

Feet


Feet
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Check out the feet in large, amazing bit of adaptation by nature.
They look like little clamps.

January 26, 2009

...and right over there is Santa's workshop

and just beyond that is the North Pole.

While birding in Ohio it was cold enought to be the North Pole.

Anybody have a different caption for this photo? Have fun.

January 22, 2009

Have nest will travel


Have nest will travel
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
After searching a stand of pines for long eared owls, Anne realized I had nest building material in the hood of my jacket.

January 20, 2009

Give me a break!!


Give me a break!!
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
There we were birding in south eastern Ohio, minding our own business whe a camel wandered by in the background.
Now it was cold, VERY cold and my brain may not have been working normally, but, CAMELS in Ohio.
Really!

We were at the Wilds, a reclaimed coal strip mine. As well as rehabilitating the area they have a few wild animals.
Camels, cheetas, African painted dogs and rhinos.

The camels are from Mongolia and don't mind the cold.

January 16, 2009

Holy pileated Batman!!


Holy pileated Batman!!
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We have had pileated fly through the yard before but this is the first clear photo we've been able to get.
Anne saw it fly by and realized it had landed in the willow tree. She grabbed the camera and quickly took two shots. This one work..

Photo by Anne taken through the Wonderful Wildlife Window.

January 15, 2009

Shattered


Shattered
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We had a flood a few weeks ago, then it froze.
When the water receeded the ice was left hanging from trees and bushes.

January 13, 2009

Tanks a lot


Tanks a lot
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I don't know why they have it or what they do with it, but what a Christmas present.


No excuses for not getting to work on a snow day.

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January 12, 2009

Pine siskin


Pine siskin
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Pine siskins have turned up in fairly large numbers in the last few days.

They mix in with redpolls, sparrows and juncos.

January 09, 2009

The redpolls are coming the redpolls are coming

Anne was able to get a photo of the common redpoll that showed up Thursday.
They have been in the area but this was the first time we noticed them.

photo by Anne.

January 07, 2009

January 06, 2009

Banana Belt


Banana Belt
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
South western Ontario is often referred to as the Banana Belt. Usually we have milder weather due to the lake influence moderating the temperature.

This is Point Pelee, the southern most place in main land Canada. Pelee Island is a few miles out in the lake.

Not so much banana this year.

In the spring there is a great migration of birds. My favourite is the wood warblers.

January 05, 2009