January 30, 2012

Golden fronted woodpecker

Golden fronted woodpecker by ricmcarthur
Golden fronted woodpecker, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

This bird is similar in size and shape to our red bellied woodpecker up north.
Same type of call.

January 20, 2012

buff bellied hummingbird

buff bellied hummingbird by ricmcarthur
buff bellied hummingbird, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

We saw these last year but we didn't see colour like this.

weather is still good, 80s, no snow.

January 18, 2012

Least grebe

Least grebe by ricmcarthur
Least grebe, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This is one of the south Texas specialties.
Temperatures in the 80's and sunny.
Beats Canadian winters.

January 17, 2012

white tailed kite

white tailed kite by ricmcarthur
white tailed kite, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

I'm glad I developed an allergy to snow.
It has given me a chance to see some great birds down in Texas.
This white tailed kite was sitting in a small tree beside the road.

January 11, 2012

Wh00o dat?

Wh00o dat? by ricmcarthur
Wh00o dat?, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
A bald eagle was circling above the great grey owl on the weekend.
He was very vigilent in keeping track of where the eagle was.

I wonder what owl tastes like to an eagle.
Chicken, perhaps.

January 09, 2012

owl crowd

owl crowd by ricmcarthur
owl crowd, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

This is only a portion of the crowd that came to see the great grey owl that has been vacationing from northern Ontario.

There were another 70-80 people on the other side of the road.
The police came several times to get people off the road as thye were blocking traffic. This road is an 80k (50 mph) speed limit.

It is nice that a lot of people were interested enough to come out to view the bird but to many were crowding the bird.

January 07, 2012

Pushing water

Pushing water by ricmcarthur
Pushing water, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

A pair of bufflehead were moving rapidly away from the dock after they spotted me.
Understandable as it is still hunt season.

If you look at it in large you will see the water running up the male( on the right) almost to his bill.

January 04, 2012

Did you want whipped cream on your berries?

Winter showed up yesterday, in a mild form, light snow and below freezing temperatures.

These left over berries stood out against the dusting of snow.

January 02, 2012

The incredibly rare Duck Woodpecker

Found only in Southwestern Ontario, usually in the early winter.

Only one confirmed record.
Range - unknown
Breeding habits - unknown
Foods - unknown