July 30, 2010

Colours of summer


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!

July 29, 2010

The family that baths together, stays together

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

July 23, 2010

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

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.

July 22, 2010

Far too tense


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.

July 20, 2010

Downtrodden


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

Downtrodden


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

July 19, 2010

Red Spotted Purple


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.

July 16, 2010

The Muffler People


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.

July 15, 2010

When cross breeding gets out of hand.

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?

July 14, 2010

A bat in the gazebo


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.

July 13, 2010

Exhaustion


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

July 12, 2010

Waiting for home delivery

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.

July 09, 2010

I like birds...


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.

July 08, 2010

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

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.

July 07, 2010

Bunny overload


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.

July 06, 2010

On the ball


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

35C and the kids are cooling off.

July 05, 2010

Canadian cactus


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.

July 02, 2010

Male Rose breasted Grosbeak

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.

July 01, 2010

Why yes, it is an oriole feeder.

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.