A giant snake?

Rondeau Bay, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, July 18, 2019. While out on the boat I glanced at a patch of lily pads and thought I saw a giant snake. Did a big double take.
It was part of the lilies, from what I can find it is the root system.

Ruby-throated hummingbird.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Rondeau provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, July 12, 2019.
Put out a oriole feeder and had 7 hummingbirds on it in minutes. Then hung up the hummingbird feeder and had 5 more. We have had as many as 30 in the yard at one time, but that's mid August.
Archilochus colubris Ruby-throated Hummingbirds prefer to feed on red or orange flowers (though it's not necessary to color the sugar water you put in a hummingbird feeder). Like many birds, hummingbirds have good color vision and can see into the ultraviolet spectrum, which humans can’t see.


Purple martin feeding frenzy, near Blenheim, Ontario, Canada, July 14, 2019.
Most young have left the colony houses but some remain. There were 7 on the porch before I got this image.
Progne subis The Purple Martin not only gets all its food in flight, it gets all its water that way too. It skims the surface of a pond and scoops up the water with its lower bill. source -


Pollinator, July 2019, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
Lots of pollinators in the yard just now. Don't know the species of this one, if you know please advise.

Spotted sandpiper.

Juvenile spotted sandpiper, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
We have had spotted sandpipers in the yard before but this is the first time we have had one in our little water feature. Actitis macularius
The male takes the primary role in parental care, incubating the eggs and taking care of the young. One female may lay eggs for up to four different males at a time.

Northern water snake

Northern water snake, Rondeau Provincial Park, July 12, 2019.
Out for a bike ride and went around what looked like a twig on the road.
Turned out it was a small, 6 inch, northern water snake. Didn't have my camera so I used my Iphone for a close up. Nerodia sipedon sipedon
Northern Water snakes give live birth (ovoviviparous) to 5-60 young in late summer or early fall.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral, Hillman Marsh, Ontario, Canada, July 8, 2019.
Road trip to Point Pelee National Park to see the nesting black terns.
Boardwalk was closed due to flooding.
Saw a group of Red Admirals just around the corner at at Hillman Marsh. Vanessa atalanta

Orchard Oriole

Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, July 4, 2019.
We see many more Baltimore orioles than Orchards.
This year we have two pairs in the area and they come to the yard for the grapes and oranges we put out. Icterus spurius
Orchard Orioles migrate north late in the spring and head southward early, with some returning to their wintering grounds as early as mid-July. Because of the short breeding season, researchers have trouble distinguishing between breeding orioles and migrating ones in any given location.