March 29, 2011

If a gator is growling he doesn't want to be pet.

This gator was in a ditch beside the road. He didn’t want to play so he went into a culvert.
Fortunately the culvert had a big hole in it and Anne was able to get this shot.
When I got close I heard a bass rumble start, so I left


Photo by Anne

March 24, 2011

I love this sign

I love this sign by ricmcarthur
I love this sign, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

We managed before cell phones, we didn't need to be conected 24/7.

I think this is very clever.

March 23, 2011

Fetch the stick, go fetch the stick boy, go fetch!

He treats me like a dog. I have rights you know.
If he keeps this up I’ll do my stubborn act.
Yah that’s what I’ll do.
And if we wants that stick why does he keep throwing it away?

March 22, 2011

I told you not to leave the car where those darn cows could get at it.

They’ve been joy riding again and I’m NOT going to clean it up.

You’d think they were born in a barn or something.

And how late did you stay up waiting for them?

March 17, 2011

No, it isn't a white picket fence.

I looked out the window last Friday after the latest snow storm and this is what I saw.

We don't have a white picket fence, although we do have a snow fence.
This one looks like it is made of snow.

March 16, 2011

That fish was this big!

That fish was this big! by ricmcarthur
That fish was this big! a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

Of course he doesn't eat fish, but just the same, he said it was this big.

I don't know how this tundra swan found a fish that big in a flooded field, but who am I to say anything?

March 15, 2011

Female towhee

Female towhee by ricmcarthur
Female towhee a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

We have had a pair of towhees at the visitors centre at Rondeau Provincial Park for about two weeks.
I didn't think they came until much closer to May.
It gets its name from its call, towhee,towhee.
An alternate call is drink you tea.

March 14, 2011

I wouldn't touch him with a 10 foot pole

I'm a firm believer in the "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" school of thought.

Celine Dion is in that group. Just because you can warble a note for 25 seconds doesn't mean you should. Really, it isn't necessary.

This racoon evidently doesn't follow this philosophy either.
Just because you can climb up the side of the house and get to the feeder doesn’t mean you should.

You still have to get down, which he couldn’t.
I tried to shoo him/her away and it just looked at me.

I wanted to get a branch for it to climb down, but all I could find was the 2x4. Just as I put it in place the racoon jumped off and ran away.

Just ‘cause you can...........

March 09, 2011

The carnivore

The carnivore by ricmcarthur
The carnivore a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

The mink is back and this time he was trying to dig his way under the cottage.
I assume he was looking for shrews, mice or chipmunks that use our crawl space as a winter resort.
They are protected from the weather and the feeders are close by.

I know the mink has taken one chipmonk as I saw him dragging it down the sidewalk.

It has been a hard winter for everyone.

March 08, 2011

It must be spring

It must be spring by ricmcarthur
It must be spring a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

Each year the tundra swans pass through Southern Ontario, including Rondeau.
These winged giants come from the Chesapeake Bay to our area over night.
They feed here and then fly to Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, again, over night.
After feeding and resting the fly to the arctic to breed.

According to the National Geographic these birds can fly at altitudes of 8 kilometres or approximately 27,000 feet.

They weight between 7 and 21 pounds and have wing spans between 5 and 6 feet.

March 04, 2011

Kookaburra

Kookaburra by ricmcarthur
Kookaburra a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
On our trip two years ago we saw a number of kookaburra in the wild.
They eat lizards, snakes, insects and mice among other things.

Thier laugh is amazing, a maniac laughing in a tree.

March 03, 2011

Nobody is going to get my tail.

We don't have rocking chairs but Crash can get protective of his tail.
I know it all blends together but the tail does go under his paw.

I like the rings on his tail.

March 02, 2011

Banding buntings in a blizzard




Recently we went on a birding road trip near Hamilton Ontario. Down near Haggersville there was a banding station and they were getting snow buntings, horned larks and longspurs.

It was a nasty, cold, very windy day, just the way these birds like it.

It is the winter vacation in the balmy south.

They use ground cages baited with seed.
The snow and drifting was so heavy the cages were filling with snow.
The banders go to the cages, reach in and take one bird at a time and put them in bags.
They return to the shelter of their vehicles to do the actual banding.

March 01, 2011

It isn't just white men who can't jump

This racoon wanted some of the peanuts the squirrels have been raiding.

I don't think the pro scouts will come calling anytime soon.