March 26, 2010

Spring in the sloughs


Spring in the sloughs
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
he frogs are out in their thousands calling for a mate.
The sound is amazingly loud..

A slough (slew) is a feature of Rondeau Provincial Park. The park has ridges, sand bars that are now above water, and troughs - sloughs. Different vegitation grows on the bars - dry roots, than in the troughs which are usually wet.

March 25, 2010

BEHAVE! or I'll sit on your head.

This is a blue penguin with a chick at a private preserve. For a fee they take you around in covered trenches, so you don't disturb the birds.
This was the only chick we saw in New Zealand.

March 24, 2010

Gross Out Alert


Gross Out Alert
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Original title "Tastes Like Chicken"
This is the bald eagle from the raptor show at Rondeau last weekend.

It was snack time and the handler fed it a quail leg.

A bit gruesome but interesting.

March 23, 2010

Enraptured with a raptor.

As part of the Wings of Spring Festival held at Rondeau Provincial Park, The Friends brought in a raptor show.
This included a barn owl, bald eagle and a Harris hawk.
People were allowed to touch the owl and hawk but not the eagle.
The children were fascinated.

March 22, 2010

Start them young


Start them young
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
it is our best chance to help the environment.
This past weekend was the Wings of Spring Festival at Rondeau Provincial Park.
For the first time in 6 years we had good weather AND birds. Usually the if we get reasonable weather we don't have birds and if we have birds the weather is wet and wild.

The Friends of Rondeau had two viewing stations set up and we had a reasonable number of people stop by including this young enthusiast.

March 19, 2010

White breasted nuthatch with a chestnut belly.

Put up a small suet feeder and this nuthatch as the first to check it out.
Love the colour on the belly.

March 17, 2010

Just as the swallows return to Capistrano

So do the Tundra Swans and waterfowl return to Rondeau.

Hundreds of tundra swans have been sitting on Rondeau Bay, near the shore and the weather has been sunny and seasonally warm.

The Wings of Spring festival is being held at Rondeau Provincial Park this weekend, March 20 and 21.
Viewing stations with spotting scopes will be set up along the bay, in the Park.

On Saturday a raptor show will be held at 1.00 pm. Also there is a craft show and bird house building for children, plus other activities.

If you come, look me up, I’ll be manning one of the scopes both days.

Take exit 101 off the 401 and follow the signs to the park

March 16, 2010

The boys


The boys
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We are adopting 2 males from the local humane society.
Maggie the Warbling Cat seems to be lonely. We will see what happens.
They came in as a pair and we don't want to see them separated.
They are being neutered Thursday and we pick them up next Monday.

March 15, 2010

VACANCY


VACANCY
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Priority given to returning customers.
The heron nests on Rondeau Bay are still empty.

Maybe this is the empty nest syndrome.

March 14, 2010

The Sunday Paper


The Sunday Paper
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
The Queen and Al Qaeda?

Headlines and photos don't necessarily go together.

I did a double take on this one.

March 12, 2010

Handyman Special


Handyman Special
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A real fixer upper.
This barn has been falling down in slow motion for years.
I guess it finally got tired of fighting gravity.

Handyman Special


Handyman Special
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A real fixer upper.
This barn has been falling down in slow motion for years.
I guess it finally got tired of fighting gravity.

March 11, 2010

Come on in, the water's fine

If the road and the trail are washed out wouldn't that mean you are going for a swim?

March 10, 2010

Manly Removals


Manly Removals
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
as compared to those Wimpy Movers.

Amazing the differences in the English language.
Supposedly England, Canada, United States, New Zealand and Australia all speak the same language.

Another thing, to get the operator in New Zealand you dial 010, I think. never did get through.

In north america we have movers, sown under the have removers.

March 09, 2010

Summertime


Summertime
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
when the livin is easy...

Coming soon to a season near you

March 08, 2010

Alice's White Squirrel


Alice's White Squirrel
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
You've heard of Alice's White Rabbit, you know the one who was late, but have you heard of the white squirrel?

He wasn't late, just gathering nuts and he ran into a hole in the tree.

Alas, Alice followed the rabbit and the rest is history.

March 07, 2010

Another reason to avoid the dentist

Wasn't it bad enough just going to the dentist?

Evidently you can legal cause bodily harm. Who knew?

March 05, 2010

March 04, 2010

Watching for the longear

Lets see if I can balance on this tiny tree in the middle of a snow storm.

After we found the longeared owl we saw this hawk on the way out. Not as skittish as usual, it got to about 20 feet before it flew.

Hawks and owls don't get along. Maybe he was watching for the longeared too.

March 03, 2010

Darwin at work


Darwin at work
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I really like the attitude in New Zealand.
They tell you there is a hazard and then you are on your own.

If you are stupid enough to ignore the sign, please leave a marker on the trail so we know where to find your body. No point in littering the country side.

March 02, 2010

Looking for Longear


Looking for Longear
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A friend gave us the directions to the location of a group of long-eared owls.
This was a life bird for both of us and the photo was just a bonus.

March 01, 2010

DIVE!!


DIVE!!
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
While in Toronto I went out with I.P.S. and
makeupanid.
At Humber Park East we had bufflehead in close.
Once I got home I realized I could see this male under the water.
Snow, sleet, rain, repeat.
It still was a fun day.
Thanks to Ian, Anne and I got to see longeared owls. Life bird for both of us.
I'll post those later in the week.

The bufflehead
- is one of the scarcest ducks in North America
- has a courtship display that includes a "water-skiing" posture that displays the feet as well as the plumage
- stores up to 115 g of fat—more than a quarter of its body weight—as fuel for the migration flight
- is the only tree-nesting duck small enough to use the nest holes of Flickers