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Hooded warbler,

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Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, May 10, 2017. One of my favourite warblers, very striking when you see one in person Setophaga citrina. The white spots on a Hooded Warbler's tail help them capture more insects, possibly by startling the insects into taking flight. An experimental study conducted in Pennsylvania found that birds with temporarily darkened tail feathers were less successful at capturing insects than those with white spots on their tails. source - allaboutbirds-org.

Waiting for spring

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 Nashville warbler, Rondeau Provincial Park, September 10, 2020. Spring migration should be starting soon. Leiothlypis ruficapilla.  Nashville Warbl e rs have been known to use porcupine quills as nest material.

Downy woodpecker.

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 It poured sunshine all day so I sat out to see what would come in. Nothing special but I like the feisty little guys. Rondeau Provincial Park,Ontario, Canada, April 13, 2024. Dryobates pubesce ns.  Woodpeckers don’t sing songs, but they drum loudly against pieces of wood or metal to achieve the same effect. People sometimes think this drumming is part of the birds’ feeding habits, but it isn’t. In fact, feeding birds make surprisingly little noise even when they’re digging vigorously into wood. source- allaboutbirds-org.

Harbringer of spring

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 Not a fancy bird, but the chipping sparrows show up in the early spring about the same time as the tree sparrows leave. Rondeau Provinciaal Park, Ontario, Canada, April 9, 2024. Spizella passerina.  The early naturalists had a gift for description you just don’t see anymore. In 1929, Edward Forbush called the Chipping Sparrow “the little brown-capped pensioner of the dooryard and lawn, that comes about farmhouse doors to glean crumbs shaken from the tablecloth by thrifty housewives." source -allaboutbirds-org

Your feeder is empty.

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That's going to be a one star rating. May 25, 2009, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Procyon lotor The raccoon, also spelled racoon and sometimes called the common raccoon to distinguish it from the other species, is a mammal native to North America. It is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 40 to 70 cm, and a body weight of 5 to 26 kg.

Happy Easter

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I'm , melting, I'm melting

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 An American goldfinch slowly melting away like the Wicked Witch of the West. "You cursed brat! Look what you've done! I'm melting! melting!" Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, September 4, 2018. Spinus tristis Goldfinches move south in winter following a pattern that seems to coincide with regions where the minimum January temperature is no colder than 0 degrees Fahrenheit on average .