October 30, 2013
This Royal tern reminds me of the character.
Scientific stuff -
A large, orange-billed tern, the Royal Tern is found only along ocean beaches.
The Royal Tern makes its nest scrape on the ground on low-lying islands. The pair defecates directly on the nest rim, perhaps to reinforce the nest against flooding. After a few weeks, the nest rim hardens.
Young Royal Terns leave the nest scrape within one day after hatching and congregate together in a group known as a crÃ¨che. Eventually all of the chicks in a colony come to the crÃ¨che, which can have thousands of chicks ranging in age from two to 35 days old.
A pair of Royal Terns will feed only their own chick, and manage to find it in the crowd, probably by recognizing its call.
October 29, 2013
This is how I felt for 30 years while working for banks.
I've told my wife if she buries me in a tie, I will come back and haunt her.
Some migratory populations of the Canada Goose are not going as far south in the winter as they used to. This northward range shift has been attributed to changes in farm practices that makes waste grain more available in fall and winter, as well as changes in hunting pressure and changes in weatherThe oldest known wild Canada Goose was 30 years 4 months old.
October 28, 2013
Seemed to have a regional song that sounded a lot like -
"Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above
Don't fence me in"
Song Sparrows walk or hop on the ground and flit or hop through branches, grass, and weeds. Song Sparrows stay low and forage secretively, but males come to exposed perches, including limbs of small trees, to sing. The oldest known Song Sparrow lived to be 11 years, 4 months old
October 25, 2013
Not sure why, but when I saw this I thought of Michael Jackson.
We saw this at a junky type of store in north western Ohio a few years ago.
A recent trip back to the area revealed that the store was gone and so was the rocket wedding.
October 24, 2013
We watched him from across a drainage ditch using the car as a blind( hide for my European friends).
He was successful and had sushi for lunch.
Adults are light-gray birds with a neatly defined black back and black crown. Immatures are brown with large white spots on the wings and blurry streaks on the underparts. Adults have all-black bills; immatures have yellow-and-black bills.
Scientific stuff -
Scientists find it easy, if a bit smelly and messy, to study the diet of young Black-crowned Night-Herons—the nestlings often disgorge their stomach contents when approached.
Young Black-crowned Night-Herons leave the nest at the age of 1 month but cannot fly until they are 6 weeks old. They move through the vegetation on foot, joining up in foraging flocks at night.
October 22, 2013
Turtles aren't known for their jumping abilities, so how does he do it?
I know how he gets down, I've seen him do it. He leans to the side and goes plop.
I haven't seen him go up, levitation perhaps?
Map turtle -
October 21, 2013
I find it to be quite comical looking with its upturned bill.
The whole shape of its head and the colouration makes me think of a clown.
They have an unusual profile when flying. Again the upturned bill and shape just make me smile.
The Common Shelduck resembles a small short-necked goose in size and shape. It is a striking bird, with a reddish-pink bill, pink feet, a white body with chestnut patches and a black belly, and a dark green head and neck.
October 20, 2013
According to Iberian Nature "Marmots became extinct in the Pyrenees during the last ice age, but were introduced by hunters into the French Pyrenees in 1948 in an attempt to reduce the pressure of predation on chamois by golden eagles. By the late 1960s, they had crossed the frontier, and have since flourished on the warmer side of the range. Unlike other introductions, the arrival of marmots appears to have had no negative consequences on ecologies. They are likely to continue to expand in the coming decades much to the delight of hikers and birds of prey."
October 19, 2013
Turtles, crocodilians, and birds have an analogous horny structure that breaks the shell of the egg to allow them to escape from the egg at hatching.
The only mammals to hatch from eggs, the duck-billed platypus and the echidna, also develop an egg tooth before birth.
October 18, 2013
Eventually they released some as well.
They were fascinated by the the tiny turtles.
Maybe, someday, they will become actively involved in protecting the wild places.
We need to get the new generation involved.
October 16, 2013
I think this would make a great jigsaw puzzle.
Taken in the marsh at Rondeau Provincial Park.
Evidently the tail looks like a darning needle.
We get a number of dragon and damselflies in and around our yard each year.
- This dragonfly is typically 1.3 inches in length.
- It is generally found near various forms of wetlands, but will sometimes be seen in meadows and open areas far from water. They are typically observed from late summer to early fall.
- Geographically, the Ruby Meadowhawk's range is from the Great Plains to Maine.
- The head is yellowish-brown, the thorax deep red to brown, and the abdomen is red to brown with dark lateral srtipes.
- They are also characterized by dark legs and wing veins.
October 14, 2013
He landed on a small flag holder hear its nest and sang its warning song. I guess I was to close.
A plain brown bird with an effervescent voice, the House Wren is a common backyard bird over nearly the entire Western Hemisphere. Listen for its rush-and-jumble song in summer and you’ll find this species zipping through shrubs and low tree branches, snatching at insects. House Wrens will gladly use nestboxes, or you may find their twig-filled nests in old cans, boots, or boxes lying around in your garage.
October 13, 2013
I guess it wasn't up to standard as it wasn't used.
First brought to North America by Shakespeare enthusiasts in the nineteenth century, European Starlings are now among the continent’s most numerous songbirds. They are stocky black birds with short tails, triangular wings, and long, pointed bills. Though they’re sometimes resented for their abundance and aggressiveness, they’re still dazzling birds when you get a good look. Covered in white spots during winter, they turn dark and glossy in summer. For much of the year, they wheel through the sky and mob lawns in big, noisy flocks.
October 10, 2013
October 09, 2013
He didn't move as we coasted by.
Very large bird.
Gray body, may be stained reddish.
Tufted feathers over rump.
It is about 48 inches tall with a wingspan over 7 feet in width.
October 08, 2013
The wing beats and the continuous calling made for a audio treat.
Photo taken at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
Size & Shape
Canada Geese are big waterbirds with a long neck, large body, large webbed feet, and wide, flat bill.
Canada Geese have a black head with white cheeks and chinstrap, black neck, tan breast, and brown back.
Canada Geese feed by dabbling in the water or grazing in fields and large lawns. They are often seen in flight moving in pairs or flocks; flocks often assume a V formation.
October 06, 2013
It was a good day at the pond with about 17 species of birds dropping by. Also two ruby-throated hummingbirds..
Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus
This tiny bird has a short neck and large head, giving it a distinctive, rather spherical body shape. It also has a long, narrow tail and a short bill a bit thicker than a warbler’s but thinner than a finch’s.
The cap and bib are black, the cheeks white, the back soft gray, the wing feathers gray edged with white, and the underparts soft buffy on the sides grading to white beneath. The cap extends down just beyond the black eyes, making the small eyes tricky to see.
Photo taken at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
October 03, 2013
The hummer was picking away at a cocoon or spider nest.
He did get a protein meal out of his work.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is a small hummingbird with a slender, slightly downcurved bill and fairly short wings that don’t reach all the way to the tail when the bird is sittingRuby-throated Hummingbirds fly straight and fast but can stop instantly, hover, and adjust their position up, down, or backwards with exquisite control. They often visit hummingbird feeders and tube-shaped flowers and defend these food sources against others. You may also see them plucking tiny insects from the air or from spider webs.
For more information go tohttp://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ruby-throated_Hummingbird/id
This banding experience has been great.
The birds are caught in "mist" nets then carefully removed by experienced banders.
A band is attached to the leg, the number recorded and various measurements taken.
The bird is released and if it is caught again the tag number can be used to access information on the bird. How old it is, where it came from etc.
October 02, 2013
I don't think he understands the concept of a box., a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
I think Crash figured it out.