December 30, 2010

Tawny frogmouth


Tawny frogmouth
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We saw thias bird at a small zoo in Sydney and at first I wasn't sure if it was stuffed or alive.

It didn't twitch or move, just sat ever so still.
They are night hunters searching out insects and sitting quietly in trees during the day.

December 28, 2010

My name is Crash and I am a birdwatcher.

Crash prefers Sibleys fiels guide for birds as it the first one he used.
The binoculars are Bushnell 8x42.

December 25, 2010

Even Frosty is tired.


Even Frosty is tired.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
It is always a crazy rush at Christmas.
By the time it is over i am tired out.

I don't know what is holding this snowperson up but he has a defenite lean.

Hope everyone had a good holiday.

December 21, 2010

Not a lava lamp


Not a lava lamp
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I don't think this is something you can figure out, but feel free to try.
Not a lava lamp, not a bubbly drink.
Not a deliberate creation.

December 20, 2010

Amaryllis


Amaryllis
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We visited my sister yesterday and she had amarylis blooming.
Such a pretty flower for a winters day

December 17, 2010

Flying south


Flying south
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Except for the security hassles that sounds like a good idea for those of us that live in snow country.

December 16, 2010

Rusty blackbird


Rusty blackbird
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A first for our yard. We have seen rusty blackbirds before but not in the yard.
Interesting thing about this bird is that it is only rusty in the winter. Mainly black in the summer.

Don't forget to feed the birds and to put out water for them during this cold weather

December 10, 2010

Tiger swallowtail


Tiger swallowtail
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
First real snow fall of the year, just enough to whiten the ground, so a touch of summer colour to get the weekend started.

December 08, 2010

As seen on Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel has a program called Daily Planet, a one hour science, nature and technology program broadcast each weekday.
There is a segment called Planet You and, recently this photo was highlighted.
This photo originally posted in 2005 but thought it deserved a do over in recognition of its TV debut.

The skunk didn't spray the racoon, they just went on eating tyhe bird seed that had fallen to the ground.

December 07, 2010

No heater


No heater
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Nostalgia is great but I prefer a warm car in the winter.
Not only does it not have windows it doesn't have a heater.

December 06, 2010

Welcome back


Welcome back
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Alright, show your age, how many of you went Welcome back...Kotter, own up to it!

We haven't had dear in the year for 2 winters, don't know why, they just weren't coming in.
This afternoon this nice buck came to eat the seeds under the feeders, liked it so much he cane back a second time.

Hope he brings friends next time

December 03, 2010

Crossbreeding gone wild


Crossbreeding gone wild
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
The Coguin is a strange breed seen only in Scotland. I think they were going for a cow that gave cold milk.

December 01, 2010

Basket case


Basket case
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Chickadees, titmouse and nuthatches seem to really like this little feeder.