December 30, 2010

Tawny frogmouth


Tawny frogmouth
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We saw thias bird at a small zoo in Sydney and at first I wasn't sure if it was stuffed or alive.

It didn't twitch or move, just sat ever so still.
They are night hunters searching out insects and sitting quietly in trees during the day.

December 28, 2010

My name is Crash and I am a birdwatcher.

Crash prefers Sibleys fiels guide for birds as it the first one he used.
The binoculars are Bushnell 8x42.

December 25, 2010

Even Frosty is tired.


Even Frosty is tired.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
It is always a crazy rush at Christmas.
By the time it is over i am tired out.

I don't know what is holding this snowperson up but he has a defenite lean.

Hope everyone had a good holiday.

December 21, 2010

Not a lava lamp


Not a lava lamp
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I don't think this is something you can figure out, but feel free to try.
Not a lava lamp, not a bubbly drink.
Not a deliberate creation.

December 20, 2010

Amaryllis


Amaryllis
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We visited my sister yesterday and she had amarylis blooming.
Such a pretty flower for a winters day

December 17, 2010

Flying south


Flying south
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Except for the security hassles that sounds like a good idea for those of us that live in snow country.

December 16, 2010

Rusty blackbird


Rusty blackbird
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A first for our yard. We have seen rusty blackbirds before but not in the yard.
Interesting thing about this bird is that it is only rusty in the winter. Mainly black in the summer.

Don't forget to feed the birds and to put out water for them during this cold weather

December 10, 2010

Tiger swallowtail


Tiger swallowtail
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
First real snow fall of the year, just enough to whiten the ground, so a touch of summer colour to get the weekend started.

December 08, 2010

As seen on Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel has a program called Daily Planet, a one hour science, nature and technology program broadcast each weekday.
There is a segment called Planet You and, recently this photo was highlighted.
This photo originally posted in 2005 but thought it deserved a do over in recognition of its TV debut.

The skunk didn't spray the racoon, they just went on eating tyhe bird seed that had fallen to the ground.

December 07, 2010

No heater


No heater
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Nostalgia is great but I prefer a warm car in the winter.
Not only does it not have windows it doesn't have a heater.

December 06, 2010

Welcome back


Welcome back
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Alright, show your age, how many of you went Welcome back...Kotter, own up to it!

We haven't had dear in the year for 2 winters, don't know why, they just weren't coming in.
This afternoon this nice buck came to eat the seeds under the feeders, liked it so much he cane back a second time.

Hope he brings friends next time

December 03, 2010

Crossbreeding gone wild


Crossbreeding gone wild
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
The Coguin is a strange breed seen only in Scotland. I think they were going for a cow that gave cold milk.

December 01, 2010

Basket case


Basket case
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Chickadees, titmouse and nuthatches seem to really like this little feeder.

November 30, 2010

Spotted towhee


Spotted towhee
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
this is a westen bird that shows up in the east on ocassion.
The obvious difference as compared to an eastern towhee are the white makrings on the back. Easterns don't have the spots.
We went to see this bird on the weekend and it was cooperative, showing up about 10 minutes after we got to the feeders.

Thanks to George Finney, the property owner who has been welcoming birders and helping them see the bird.

November 29, 2010

Sandhills at sunset


Sandhills at sunset
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We went for a drive to Longpoint, the next big sand spit on the north shore of Lake Erie to do some birding.
There were reports of sandhill cranes, lots of ducks, tundra swans and a spotted towhee.
Just as we were done for the day the sandhills started flying back to the marsh.

More on the towhee another day.

November 26, 2010

Bowl of nuts


Bowl of nuts
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We like nuts at Christmas.
That's why we get along with our friends.

November 24, 2010

Blending in


Blending in
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Crash found a spot where he blends in with the background and has the bonus of being in the sunshine.

He looks so angelic when he is sleeping but when he's awake.... well his name is Crash

November 23, 2010

Red billed gull


Red billed gull
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Easy id on this bird, red bill, red eye and red feet.
The black billed i just as easy, black bill, black eye and black feet.

November 19, 2010

My spidey sense is tingling

used to know what type of spider this is but I can't bring it to mind.

Spins a tube web then hides inside waiting for its next meal.

November 16, 2010

Wings on my feet


Wings on my feet
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Wasn't it Mercury who was the messenger of the gods who had wings on his feet?

November 15, 2010

Hey! This thing is empty.

This is an older photo from the archives.
The redbellied woodpecker seemed irritated that his favourite feeder was empty

November 12, 2010

Ok but,


Ok but,
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
where do I leave the car?

Is it just me, or is the wording a bit odd?

November 11, 2010

Do you want to play?


Do you want to play?
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Not a good idea.
Unfortunately there are a lot of sick racoons in the park this year. This one looked healthy but Crash is an indoor cat, so he won't be playing outside.

November 10, 2010

Shadow breathing dragon


Shadow breathing dragon
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We acme upon this might dragon while wandering in the forbidden forest, now we are mere shadows of ourselves.

November 08, 2010

November 05, 2010

A fall flower


A fall flower
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This hardy flower blooms in the fall just when we need a touch of colour.

November 03, 2010

Can you see me now?


Can you see me now?
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Anne spotted this tiny saw whet owl in a cedar tree while looking for a different bird.
It would easily fit in your hand.
They migrate through our area each fall.

November 02, 2010

It's a question.


It's a question.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Have you ever posted a photo and been surprised?
I thought I was uploading a different photo.
Nice surprise.
This is a question mark butterfly, look closely and you will see it.

November 01, 2010

soaring redtail


soaring redtail
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Three were 3 redtailed hawks soaring in the bright fall sunshine.
I liked the way the light made the wings semi transparent.

October 28, 2010

No privacy.


No privacy.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Big winds came through our area, lots of downed trees, a bit further away there were tornados and heavy rain.
Evidently some outhouses didn't stand up to the wind.

The joys of country living

October 27, 2010

If your dog sticks out the roof of your car

you have a small car or a VERY large dog.

I think he's a mastiff and his head was sticking our of the moon roof (dog roof?).

He was sitting down when I took this photo.

October 26, 2010

A late hummer


A late hummer
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
On October 24 and again on the 25th we saw an adult and an immature hummingbird.
This is the latest we have noticed hummers at our feederes.
We leave one feeder up until November for just this reason.
They better get a move on, it's less than 2 months to Christmas.

He is scratching his ear or using a really small cell phone

October 22, 2010

October 21, 2010

The houses come down


The houses come down
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
It is the time of year to take down and clean the purple martins nests until next year.

The setting in a farm garden at the roadside caught my eye.

October 19, 2010

October 18, 2010

Nashville Warbler


Nashville Warbler
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This small warbler is on migration and stopped in your yard for a bit of water and to forage for insects.
He flew into one of our windows and sat on our deck for about ten minutes.
We kept a close eye on him while he recuperated.
He flew away evidently with no permanent damage.

October 15, 2010

Can you spare a kiss?


Can you spare a kiss?
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
It just takes one, you know.
I'm clean and dry and warts aren't contagious.
Anybody? A kiss? Hello.... anyone out there?

October 14, 2010

10,000 ducks


10,000 ducks
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
or possibly more.
There were thousands of ducks on Rondeau Bay yesterday. We also saw a peregrine falcon, egrets, various shore birds and two sora rails.

October 13, 2010

October 12, 2010

You have to stop and smell the flowers

or in Mr. Beans case, eat the flowers.
we brought the hibiscus in for the winter and the cats decided it was a tree to climb and something new to eat.

October 08, 2010

Out of the way buddy.


Out of the way buddy.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
How do you get the BIG boats out for the winter?
You use an over head mobile, motorized lift.
The tires are the same as the ones used on 747 airplanes. Each wheel has its own motor.
Not fast but it sure gets the job done.

October 07, 2010

When perpetual motion stops.

Crash, one of our newer cats, is constantly running through the house bouncing off walls and furniture.

When he finally runs out of energy he crashes in the nearest chair.

October 06, 2010

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

Sapsuckers are migrating through the park now and a few may stay the winter.
They hammer holes into the bark of trees to get the sap running. They return to collect the sap and any insects that have been caught in the sap.