September 29, 2011

Going squirrelly

Going squirrelly  by ricmcarthur
Going squirrelly , a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

According to Crash, the cat, it isn't fair to have squirrels running up and sown the screen door.
Now if the door was open a bit...

September 28, 2011

Big Bird

Big Bird by ricmcarthur
Big Bird, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
He may not be yellow but he is still big.
The birds beside him are caspian terns which are a fairly large bird.
The one in the foreground is a ringbilled gull, another good sized bird.

He is a great blackbacked gull and is is really big.
We get them in the early fall as they migrate through.

September 26, 2011

The Kingfisher

The Kingfisher by ricmcarthur
The Kingfisher, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

He is stting on a charter fishing boat on one of the rod holders.

Not sure if he is mooching for a meal or looking for some equipment to make him a better fisher bird.

Belted kingfisher
Megaceryle alcyon

September 21, 2011

Any shelter in a storm

Any shelter in a storm by ricmcarthur
Any shelter in a storm, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

An enterprising bird found a sheltered spot to build a nest.
It probably was a robin based on where the it was and the construction.
Found while birding at the Midwest Birding Symposium

September 20, 2011

American Redstart

American Redstart by ricmcarthur
American Redstart, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

We were in northern Ohio over the weekend at the Midwest Birding Symposium and the birding was good.
We stopped at Magee Marsh and birded the boardwalk near the lake shore.

The birds were down low and feeding which is SO much better than having to look at the tops of trees to see them.

The MBS is a great event, if you are a birder and live in the midwest check it out.

September 15, 2011

The skulker

The skulker by ricmcarthur
The skulker, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

Hidden deep in a bush an ovenbird looks for a few bugs to snack on.
The fall migration is underway and we are getting lots of fall warblers and other types om birds, moving through the park.

Ovenbirds are more often heard than seen and they are not calling this time of year.

September 14, 2011

September 12, 2011

messy eater

messy eater by ricmcarthur
messy eater, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

We have had a number of woodpeckers still feeding their young.
This redbellied woodpecker, yes I know it has a red head, had a mouth full of suet which it feed to the young bird at the left of the photo.
Shot through a screen.

September 09, 2011

September 08, 2011

Wind in the willow

Wind in the willow by ricmcarthur
Wind in the willow, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

This is the remnant of the willow that fell on our roof last year. It has filled out and provides shade in the morning.
We have been having strong winds and rain the last few days, blowing in off Lake Erie, stirring up the lake and whipping the trees near the shore.

Out willow looks like an inside out umbrella or a little bit like a palm tree.

The view is from the lake side to the forest across the road from the cottage.

We did have to tie the gazebo down.

September 07, 2011

Coal Mine

Coal Mine by ricmcarthur
Coal Mine, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

Really.
That small opening on the side of a hill is a drift mine in West Virginia.
Drift mines have horizontal entries into the coal seam from a hillside. This one was probably used back in the 1930's.
Men would crawl in and excavate a coal seam and sell the coal to one of the mines.
Dirty dangerous work.

Would You crawl in there?

September 06, 2011

Wilsons warbler

Wilsons warbler by ricmcarthur
Wilsons warbler, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

We put in a small water feature in the yard.
It has a recirculating pump and two small shallow ponds that the birds are attracted to.
Since the water flow was added we have had lots of activity.
Yesterday we noticed 3 warblers on the south bound migration that stopped for a drink and bath.
This one, a wilsons ,a black and white ,and a nicely cloured Cape May warbler.

September 05, 2011

Hi, I'm Gremlin and I'm 7 weeks old.

I was adopted early as I was abandoned. Now I live in a nice house with a BIG cat called Ninja. He's 14 weeks old.

September 02, 2011

A different perspective

A different perspective by ricmcarthur
A different perspective, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

I don't think you are supposed to do that on a pogo stick.
In the process of doing a back flip.
I can barley stay on one just bouncing around.
Have a great long weekend Canada.

September 01, 2011

Tiger swallowtail

Tiger swallowtail by ricmcarthur
Tiger swallowtail, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

In the front Yard. We have had a good selection of butterflies this year.