March 30, 2010
March 26, 2010
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
This was the only chick we saw in New Zealand.
March 24, 2010
March 23, 2010
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
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
March 17, 2010
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
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
March 14, 2010
March 12, 2010
March 11, 2010
March 10, 2010
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
March 08, 2010
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
March 05, 2010
March 04, 2010
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
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
March 01, 2010
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.
- 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