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Long-tailed Duck,

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Burlington Ship Canal, Ontario, Canada, Jan 13, 2020.
Over a 1,000 of these birds flying and feeding in the ship canal at Burlington, Ont. Clangula hyemalis Diving duck that favors saltwater in winter and Arctic tundra pools in summer. Males are distinctive with black, white, gray, and brown patterns and long pointed tail. Male plumage changes dramatically from winter to summer. Females and immature males are brownish overall with whiter face and large dark cheek patch. Dives frequently to feed mainly on invertebrates.
source - ebird

Canadian winter activity.

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Not saying it is cold or anything but the air temperature was 28F (-2.2C) and the water temperature was 42F (5.5C) when we saw two surfers in Lake Ontario near Burlington, Ontario on January 14, 2020.

Northern Gannet

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June 6, 2018, Cape St Mary's, Newfoundland.
Amazing wingspan of up to 6 feet. Morus bassanus
Their eyes have special structural adaptations for plunge-diving, and they are able to see well underwater immediately after striking the water.
Most plunge-dives are relatively shallow, but the Northern Gannet can dive as deep as 72 feet. It uses its wings and feet to swim deeper in pursuit of fish.

White-throated sparrow.

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April 20, 2018, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Winter blahs so here is a spring bird.
Zonotrichia albicollis White-throated Sparrows typically nest on or near the ground. Occasional nests are built up to 15 feet off the ground in conifers. Usually, these nests are second attempts after a pair has had a ground nest robbed by a predator. source - Cornell lab of Ornithology.
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Red-headed woodpecker, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Jan 6, 2020. Still hanging around and coming to the feeders every day. First time we have had one over winter.
Melanerpes erythrocephalus Red-headed Woodpeckers are fierce defenders of their territory. They may remove the eggs of other species from nests and nest boxes, destroy other birds’ nests, and even enter duck nest boxes and puncture the duck eggs.

Pale-mandibled Aracari

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Ecuador, Mar 18, 2016.
Pteroglossus erythropygius

Da-Dum...Da-Dum...Da-Dum-Da-Dum-Da-Dum.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the snow. 

Northern Cardinal, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, December 31, 2019.