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Red-eyed vireo

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May 15, 2018, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Vireo olivaceus The red iris that gives the Red-eyed Vireo its name doesn't develop until the end of the birds' first winter. Then the brown iris the birds were born with becomes dull brick red to bright crimson in different individuals. The oldest known Red-eyed Vireo was at least 10 years, 2 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operation in Maryland. source -  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-eyed_Vireo

An exuberant bath.

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Common grackle, Oct 20, 2020, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. With the dictating membrane protecting one eye it reminds me of a pirate with an eye patch. Quiscalus quiscula Common Grackles are resourceful foragers. They sometimes follow plows to catch invertebrates and mice, wade into water to catch small fish, pick leeches off the legs of turtles, steal worms from American Robins, raid nests, and kill and eat adult birds. The oldest recorded Common Grackle was a male, and at least 23 years old when he was killed by a raptor in Minnesota. source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Grackle/

Canvasback

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Canvasback duck landing in Detroit River at Windsor, Feb 21, 2019. Aythya valisineria The species name of the Canvasback, valisineria, comes from Vallisneria americana, or wild celery, whose winter buds and stems are the duck’s preferred food during the nonbreeding period. The oldest recorded Canvasback was a male, and at least 22 years, 7 months old when he was shot in California in 1991. He had been banded in the same state in 1969. source -https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Canvasback

lien

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 Do you see the alien? Wasp nest.

Waterfront isn't a selling point around here.

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Big south west winds caused flooding along the Lake Erie shore a few days ago. Lake This photo was taken from about 2km (1.2 miles)away, the road was closed. Waves were crashing into the hardened shore line and going up and over the houses and across the road.

Snow bunting

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Nov 17, 2020, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Just a single bunting, normally they arrive in a large flock, eat the available food and then leave as quickly as they came. Image taken through a dirty window. Plectrophenax nivalis Male Snow Buntings head to their high arctic breeding grounds when the ground is still covered in snow and temperatures can dip to -22° F. That doesn't seem like a good time to arrive, but males need to arrive early to make sure they get one of the limited nesting spots in a rock crevice. Females join them 3 to 4 weeks later when things start to warm up.

Monarch butterfly.

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 Saw this one on Nov 12, 2020,  alongside Harrison Trail, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Seems to be late migrating south. Danaus plexippus The eastern North American monarch population is notable for its annual southward late-summer/autumn  migration  from the northern and central United States and southern  Canada  to  Florida and  Mexico . [4]  During the fall migration, monarchs cover thousands of miles, with a corresponding multi-generational return north.

Blue on blue.

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Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Nov 12, 2020. High in a tree against a bluebird sky. Sialia sialis Eastern Bluebirds eat mostly insects, wild fruit and berries. Occasionally, Eastern Bluebirds have also been observed capturing and eating larger prey items such as shrews, salamanders, snakes, lizards and tree frogs.

Swainson's thrush

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Sept 10, 2020, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. A pond visitor. Catharus ustulatus If you live within the Swainson’s Thrush’s range, you can make your yard more enticing to this bird by providing tree and shrub cover and ground-level bird baths and letting leaf litter accumulate. The longest-lived Swainson’s Thrush on record was at least 12 years, 1 month old when it was recaught and rereleased during banding operations in Montana in 2006.