October 30, 2009

Conformity


Conformity
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Some times there is a reason.
Don't get your feathers all ruffled this weekend but do enjoy yourselves.

October 29, 2009

These things are HUGE!!


These things are HUGE!!
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Until you see one up close you don't realize just how big they are.
The trees are 70 to 100 feet tall and this turbine dwarfs them.

I don't know if they are really a form of green energy or if they are a hazard to wildlife but the certainly stand out on the landscape.

October 27, 2009

Eight feet up and I still can't see over the phragmities

I was standing on a 8 foot high platform on top of an ATV type vehicle and was trying to film the extent of the phrag cell by holding the video camera up as high as I could.

All I got was the top of the phrag plants.
Later we estimated this particular cell at appox 7 acres. A small one.

October 26, 2009

I'm over here.


I'm over here.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This tree frog is about the size of a fingernail.

I was out with the people doing phragmities control and when we stopped to survey an area there were frogs everywhere.

I haven't seen them this late in the year before.

October 23, 2009

October 22, 2009

Blue spotted salamader


Blue spotted salamader
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
While doing yard work yesterday i uncovered this beauty.
It was about 4 inches long.

I put him in some leaf litter in a sheltered spot. Hope he makes it through the winter

October 21, 2009

Natures canvas


Natures canvas
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Walking in the woods at Rondeau I came across a log with fungus growing and leaves all around.

October 20, 2009

Not a great photo but..


Not a great photo but..
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
it shows how tall the invasive phragmities is at Rondeau Provincial Park.
In areas of the marsh it was over 20 feet tall and so thick the Argo had trouble getting through.

There is a control project in progress, unfortunately it is limited by meager funding.

It appeared the infested area was expanding faster than the kill off.

October 19, 2009

Mr. Bluebird is on my.... bird bath?

Well any way
Everything is satisfactual... even if it is Monday morning.

We don't get many bluebirds in our yard but one dropped by yesterday and Anne took this through the Wonderful Wildlife Window.

photo by Anne

October 14, 2009

Canadian, eh?


Canadian, eh?
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Fall has arrived at Rondeau, the leaves are falling and the warblers are heading south.
Blustery cold winter weather isn't far away.

October 13, 2009

October 12, 2009

Peregrine Falcon


Peregrine Falcon
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We were at Holiday Beach Conservation Area watching the raptor migration.
Three peregrines flew over while we were there.
He was wayyy up there.

One was eating a blue jay while circling.

October 09, 2009

Fall in ohio


Fall in ohio
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We were at the Midwest Birding Symposium in September at Lakeside Ohio.
It is a pretty town/village and one of the residents had done up thier yard in a fall theme.
If you're a birder in the midwest you should try to attend. The next symposium is in September 2011.

Have a good weekend.

October 08, 2009

As seen In Ohio USA


As seen In Ohio USA
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I know our American cousins don't know a lot about Canada or Canadians but really...

October 06, 2009

A butterfall


A butterfall
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I don't know the species but it looked nice in the flowers. They are butterfly in the summer and butterfall in the fall. :-)

October 05, 2009

If they aren't migrating, some one is in trouble

About 200 turkey vultures gathered over Rondeau Park on Friday.
They just hung in the sky. I couldn't frame them all without turning them into tiny dots in the sky. They kept appearing and disappearing into the clouds. About 40 in this group.

I always walk a little faster when I see this type of thing, just so they know I'm not dinner.

October 02, 2009

Reflections on a windy and wet Friday

October 1 was a pleasant,sunny fall day. Today we have high winds, driving rain and grey clouds.
So, I present a few flowers to brighten the day.

Not even the woodpeckers are coming into the feeders and the gulls are sitting on the beach.


Still a rainy weekend is much better than a sunny Monday.

Enjoy your weekend.

October 01, 2009

Unusual road kill at Rondeau

Sushi at Rondeau, probably delivered by an eagle or an osprey.

It was gone the following day. Late night snack for a raccoon?