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.