December 21, 2014

 

Angry bird syndrome.



Seems quite put off that the pond isn't running. Perhaps he wanted a bath and not just a drink.

This grackle showed up in our yard two days ago. Not rare but certainly not common during the winter.
Quiscalus quiscula

Those raggedy figures out in cornfields may be called scare-crows, but grackles are the #1 threat to corn. They eat ripening corn as well as corn sprouts, and their habit of foraging in big flocks means they have a multimillion dollar impact. Some people have tried to reduce their effects by spraying a foul-tasting chemical on corn sprouts or by culling grackles at their roosts.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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December 18, 2014

 

Smelly



Wet possum is right up there with other wet animals such as dogs.
Not as bad as a young wet skunk but in the same league.

Didelphia virginiana

There are more than 60 different species of opossum, which are often called possums. The most notable is the Virginia opossum or common opossum—the only marsupial (pouched mammal) found in the United States and Canada

source - National Geographic.

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December 17, 2014

 

Immature caracara



We saw several immature caracaras at the Brownsville dump.
This is a great birding spot in Texas.
Sewage lagoons are also good birding spots.

Birders go to the nicest places.

Caracara cheriway

A tropical falcon version of a vulture, the Crested Caracara reaches the United States only in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. It is a bird of open country, where it often is seen at carrion with vultures.

Although it looks like a long-legged hawk and associates with vultures, the Crested Caracara is actually in the same family as falcons.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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December 16, 2014

 


Extremely rare in Canada except for the east coast.
We found this rusty puffin near the northern end of the Welland Canal. The Falls which can be hard on ships. so they built the canal to go around them.

See Harry we do get them here.

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December 15, 2014

 



You can't even get out of the car?

Taken through the windshield so it isn't great.

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December 14, 2014

 

The close up



Just got my lens back from being repaired.
Ozzie was close by for a test shot.
The focus seems to be working properly now.

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December 10, 2014

 

Sushi



I don't think you are supposed to eat the whole thing at once.
Maybe it is different for egrets.

Ardea alba 

Though it mainly hunts while wading, the Great Egret occasionally swims to capture prey or hovers (somewhat laboriously) over the water and dips for fish.

Great Egrets fly slowly but powerfully: with just two wingbeats per second their cruising speed is around 25 miles an hour.

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