June 18, 2016


Sausage antlers.

Saw this buck at Rondeau and my first impression was, those antlers are fake.

They look like someone strapped antlers made of plastic sausages on his head.

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June 14, 2016


Changing of the guard.

A pair of nesting red headed woodpeckers trade places at the nest hole.

Melanerpes erythrocephalus

The Red-headed Woodpecker has many nicknames, including half-a-shirt, shirt-tail bird, jellycoat, flag bird, and the flying checker-board.

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This crow was screaming at the last crazy flier and was not paying attention to what was coming up behind him.

After this pass he left. I wonder why?
Small birds regularly mob/harass nest predators. They are quite fearless and take on jays,crows and even hawks.

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May 30, 2016


Singing Kentucky warbler.

Rondeau Provincial Park, May 30/16

Thanks to Steve Charbonneau who knocked on the door this morning and asked if we would like to see a Kentucky warbler.
Obviously we said yes.
Steve took us right to it and it sat in the open signing away.

Thanks Steve.

Geothlypis formosa

Unlike most songbirds, a male Kentucky Warbler appears to sing only one song type. He will sing the same one throughout his life. Although counter-singing males do not match each other's song types the way many bird species do, a male may match the pitch of a competitor's song.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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May 29, 2016


Horned grebe take off.

Rondeau Provincial Park, May 27/16

Sorry folks I labeled this as an eared grebe when it actually is a horned grebe.

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May 27, 2016


Against the sun.

Heard this Veery before I saw it.
Love their call.
Rondeau Provincial Park

Catharus fuscescens

A study of migration using radio telemetry showed that the Veery can fly up to 285 km (160 mi) in one night, and that it can fly at altitudes above 2,000 m (1.2 mi).

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May 26, 2016


Rudy turnstone.

They come by their name honestly, they often forage by turning over stones and other objects.
On the south beach at Rondeau Provincial Park, May 19/16

Arenaria interpres

The oldest recorded Ruddy Turnstone was a female, and at least 14 years, 11 months old, when she was recaptured and rereleased during a scientific study in New Jersey.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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May 25, 2016


Cape May warbler

Another of our spring migrants.
Some warblers are rather plain but the Cape May is one of the more colourful birds.

Setophaga tigrina

The tongue of the Cape May Warbler is unique among warblers. It is curled and semitubular, and is used to collect nectar during winter.

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