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Colours of summer

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Colours of summer
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur I haven't looked up what it is yet, but I love the colour.
The front yard is in bloom and all sorts of butterflies are dropping in for a visit.

Have a great long weekend!

The family that baths together, stays together

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The family that baths together, stays together
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur A nice muddy puddle, in the shade, drew 8 robins. Not all used the puddle at the same time but they did seem to enjoy the wate

Here I am, where are you.....

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Here I am, where are you.....
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Over and over all day long he keeps asking where I am.
The Red-eyed vireo calls continuously and can still be hard to see clearly.

He is sitting in a tulip tree, so called because of the shape of the leaves.

Have a good weekend.

Far too tense

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Far too tense
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Tense: stretched tight; strained; taut; feeling, showing, or causing mental strain; anxious

I think Crash may be settling in although he looks a little tense.

When karaoke goes wrong.

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When karaoke goes wrong.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Or do you have a better title?

Downtrodden

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Downtrodden
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur There is downtrodden and then there is DOWNTRODDEN!
Looks like he's from Australia.

Downtrodden

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Downtrodden
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur There is downtrodden and then there is DOWNTRODDEN!
Looks like he's from Australia.

Red Spotted Purple

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Red Spotted Purple
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur According to the field guides I have this is a red spotted purple butterfly.
It was in our front flower garden.

Pretty isn't it.

The Muffler People

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The Muffler People
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Taking over from the ever popular Village People is the new heavy metal band THE MUFFLER PEOPLE.

I couldn't get a straight on shot, traffic just wouldn't stop.

Have a fun weekend.

When cross breeding gets out of hand.

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When cross breeding gets out of hand.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur I know we have bird dogs, cat fish, catbirds, cow birds and peafowl among others, but I think it may have gotten out of hand.

What would you name this crossbreed?

A bat in the gazebo

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A bat in the gazebo
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur I don't have a belfry, so we had to settle for the gazebo.
We have a screened gazebo in the yard and thhis morning we had a bat hanging around.

It seems to be fine but I will check with the park naturalist just in case.

I don't know the species. I don't know much about bats except that they eat insects and are good for the environment.
And, no, they don't get caught in your hair.

Exhaustion

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Exhaustion
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Exhaustion - extremely tired or weak state: a state of extreme physical or mental tiredness or collapse


Lots os sun, sand and surf (sort of- this is Lake Erie) makes for a tired boy.

My great nephew is visiting Canada from New Zealand. They came down to Rondeau for 2 days and he wore himself out.
After digging the hole he found out he had to fill it in again for safety reasons. He is used to the tide removing any holes, sand castles etc

Waiting for home delivery

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Waiting for home delivery
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur The pizza place is quicker than this.

The young wrens are stating to look out of the nest box as they wait for their parents to provide home delivery of their next meal.

This was taken through a window.

I like birds...

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I like birds...
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur fried, baked, broasted.....

I'm not sure how this map turtle ended up with a feather in its mouth but you have to wonder what it had for dinner.

Have a good weekend.

Oh, come on! It's an oriole feeder.

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Oh, come on! It's an oriole feeder.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Every bird, except the orioles seems to feed at the oriole feeder.
Downey, hairy and red bellied woodpeckers, humming birds even a cat bird and a chipmunk feed on this nectar.

Meanwhile the orioles are eating grapes and jam.

Bunny overload

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Bunny overload
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur This is a bumper year for rabbits in our yard.
Every size you can think of, from small to very large.
The young are fairly tame and if you are slow and gentle they can be picked up. Just for a minute, then off to wash up as the bunnies could have fleas and ticks.

On the ball

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On the ball
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Can you stand on the ball?

35C and the kids are cooling off.

Canadian cactus

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Canadian cactus
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur Many people think of Canada as a place of trees and ice, which we have.
However, we get hot weather as well.
Prickly pear cactus grows in Southern Ontario at Point Pelee National Park and Rondeau Provincial Park.Southern Ontario is at the same latitude as northern California.
These are growing next to our cottage.

Male Rose breasted Grosbeak

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Male Rose breasted Grosbeak
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur The colours have faded significantly on the males now that the spring breeding season is over.
Still a striking bird. Lots of them around feeding their young.
Also feeding young are: white breasted nut hatches, robins, cardinals, various woodpeckers, grackles and chipping sparrows.

Why yes, it is an oriole feeder.

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Why yes, it is an oriole feeder.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur We have a lot of young downey woodpeckers around right now.
They are mobbing every feeder we have.
They don't discriminate between seed feeders and nectar feeders.
Anything will do when you're hungry.
The hummingbirds get really annoyed when the downies use their feeders.