March 31, 2013
March 30, 2013
Ruby throat hummingbird rescued from water and brought in for rehab. After drying off and being kept warm, it ate and slept. It was released the following day.
March 29, 2013
He calls out a chick -a-dee-dee.
There is a secondary whistled call that I think sounds " he did it" (it wasn't me) " he did it"
March 28, 2013
March 27, 2013
Even though it has red on its head it isn't a read-headed woodpecker, that name has already been used.
The red-bellied has a black and white pattern on its back with a reed cap and a white rump.
red covers both the crown and nape in the male and only the nape on the female.
They are common visitors to our feeders.
March 26, 2013
Maybe spring isn't so far away. Calling for a mate or to defend territory, either way it is a sound of spring.
The call is a clear whistled chant : peter,peter,peter or here,here, here.
March 25, 2013
Oz loves boxes. Any shape or size, he just loves them and is in them as soon as you put it down.
Bags are good but boxes are better especially if they have lids.
March 24, 2013
March 22, 2013
It is a small bird about 4 1/4 inches long and has a stuby tail.
This one came into our small water feature for a quick drink.
March 21, 2013
March 20, 2013
In certain areas they are fairly common but only in a few areas.
This turtle was confiscated when the owners tried to sell it.
It now has a home at the visitor centre at Rondeau Provincial Park.
March 19, 2013
Tundra swans are very large birds with wing spans in excess of 6 feet. They are about 5 feet tall and weigh about 16 pounds.
The swans have returned in large numbers to the Rondeau area.
They are on their annual migration to the high arctic breeding grounds.
The Friends of Rondeau Provincial Park hold a festival each March to celebrate this sign of spring.
This year we had reasonable weather and birds at the same time. Often the weather is so bad you can't see the birds, or the have already passed through the area.
It was nice to have a large number of people see these birds and to have a chance to photograph them.
March 18, 2013
One thousand three hundred and nine, one thousand three hundred an ten....., a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
The Wings of Spring Festival of Flight was held this past weekend at Rondeau Provincial Park to celebrate the return of the tundra swans and waterfowl to the area.
As part of the activities we set up spotting scopes for the public to use.
While looking at the waterfowl and tundra swans thousands of gulls, mainly Bonaparte's, lifted off together.
How do you count a flock this big and constantly in motion? You guess.
This is only a portion of the birds that were in the air.
My guess is three thousand seven hundred and fifty one, fifty two, fifty three.....
March 15, 2013
March 14, 2013
This is a large, big headed flycatcher..It has a bright rufous tail and dark patches through its eyes. Pale yellow underneath.
It is a name sayer - its call sounds like
March 13, 2013
This is the back door, the land side where the stairs, buss stops and deliveries take place.
March 12, 2013
Two yellow warblers in our little pond last summer.
March 11, 2013
March 08, 2013
This one was at the Brownsville, Texas zoo.
They are capable of killing a person by kicking and using the middle toe to slice them open.
The bird is very territorial and they will actually stalk anything the see as a threat.
March 07, 2013
When we moved here we took out all the grass in the front yard and planted a tall grass meadow.
I don't have to water it, cut it or fertilize it and it's great for birds and small critters.
Later in the summer we get numerous species of butterflies feeding.
March 06, 2013
This is a black throated green warbler, one of my favourites because it is easy to identify visually or vocally.
March 05, 2013
Evidently this is where you put diabled drivers, but whee do you park the car?
March 04, 2013
I don't think I'm interested in water sports with 40 degree air and water temperature.
March 01, 2013
The great-tailed grackle is about 18 inches. It is a very large,purple-glossed blackbird and is much larger than the common grackle.