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American woodcock

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 Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 21, 2021. Spotted  an adult crossing the road with four chicks. I had never seen chicks before. Raced home, grabbed my camera and ran off about 300 images. Scolopax minor Young woodcocks leave the nest a few hours after hatching, but for their first week they depend on their mother for food. They start to probe in dirt at three or four days after hatching. Chicks grow very rapidly on a diet of earthworms and insects. By the time they are four weeks old, it is difficult to distinguish the chicks from adults. 

Male and female brown headed cowbird.

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Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 19, 2021. A pair of cowbirds in the little stream portion of the water feature in the yard. That is the whole length of the stream. It doesn't need to be large to bring in the birds. Ninety-nine species at the water and counting. Molothrus ater Once confined to the open grasslands of middle North America, cowbirds have surged in numbers and range as humans built towns and cleared woods.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 19, 2021. We here and see them in the yard this time of year but, it is unusual to have in the the little stream. Sphyrapicus varius The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is the only woodpecker in eastern North America that is completely migratory. Although a few individuals remain throughout much of the winter in the southern part of the breeding range, most head farther south, going as far south as Panama. Females tend to migrate farther south than do males. Source -Cornell Lab of Ornithology- All About Birds

Red-bellied woodpecker

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Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 18, 2021. A regular visitor to the yard, loves peanuts. Melanerpes carolinus A Red-bellied Woodpecker can stick out its tongue nearly 2 inches past the end of its beak. The tip is barbed and the bird’s spit is sticky, making it easier to snatch prey from deep crevices. Males have longer, wider-tipped tongues than females, possibly allowing a breeding pair to forage in slightly different places on their territory and maximize their use of available food. Source -Cornell Lab of Ornithology- All About Birds

Carolina wren

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Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 6, 2020. I've been hearing them but not seeing them so here is an image from last year at this time. Thryothorus ludovicianus One captive male Carolina Wren sang nearly 3,000 times in a single day.

Rock Pigeon

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Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 14, 2021. Out looking for birds when a fellow birder to me about this rock pigeon. Not a white-winged dove but still a nice bird. Columba livia Pigeons can find their way home, even if released from a distant location blindfolded. They can navigate by sensing the earth’s magnetic fields, and perhaps also by using sound and smell. They can also use cues based on the position of the sun. One domestic homing pigeon, a “retired” U.S. Army Signal Corps bird named Levi, lived to be 31 years old. Feral Rock Pigeons have shorter life expectancies, averaging only 2.4 years. However, a Kansas bird was 6 years, 2 weeks old when it was recaptured and rereleased. Source -Cornell Lab of Ornithology- All About Birds

Walking with a duck.

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Mallard, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 14, 2021. While out on my daily bike ride I came across this mallard duck walking down the forest path. I got off the bike and walked several hundred meters with him as I took his photo. Eventually he got tired of waddling along and he flew away. A nice interlude. Anas platyrhynchos The Mallard is the ancestor of nearly all domestic duck breeds (everything except the Muscovy Duck). Domestic ducks can be common in city ponds and can be confusing to identify—they may lack the white neck ring, show white on the chest, be all dark, or show oddly shaped crests on the head. Source -Cornell Lab of Ornithology- All About Birds

Dekay's brown snake

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Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 11, 2021. Unfortunately I usually see these dead on the road. I saw this one as I was bike riding and moved it off the road. Storeria dekayi