Hello again.

Greater kiskadee at Rondeau Provincial Park, Oct 18, 2018. After disappearing for weeks the kiskadee was found again today.
Active and in the open, it put on a show.
Pitangus sulphuratus
The Great Kiskadee (so named for its three-syllable call) is one of the largest and most boisterous members of the tyrant flycatcher family. It has a big square head and stocky body like a kingfisher, and an omnivorous diet and bold behaviour like a jay. They often eat small fish and snails.
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Nelson's sparrow.

Nelson's sparrow, near Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Oct 17, 2018.
Nelson's sparrows have been in the area recently. 10-20 are being seen most days. Fast little skulkers, however, this one messed up and sat in the open for a minute.
Ammospiza nelsoni A secretive sparrow with a brightly coloured face, the Nelson's Sparrow breeds along the edges of freshwater marshes and in wet meadows of interior North America, and in salt marshes along the northern Atlantic Coast. source -

Wood ducks.

Wood ducks, Rondeau Provincial Park, Oct 14, 2018.
Spotted two wood ducks lurking the the shadows along the shore while out on the pontoon.
Not sure if these are non breeding plumage or first year birds, definitely not breeding colours.
Aix sponsa
Wood Ducks pair up in January, and most birds arriving at the breeding grounds in the spring are already paired. The Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year.
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Harbours don't need to be fancy.

This is one of many small, make do, harbours we saw in Newfoundland.
Small harbours, small boats against a big sea.

White-crowned sparrow.

White crowned sparrow, Oct 7, 2018, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. We still have a few white crowned and white throated sparrows coming to the pond.
The white isn't as brilliant as it is in the spring, but it still stands out.
Zonotrichia leucophrys A migrating White-crowned Sparrow was once tracked moving 300 miles in a single night. Alaskan White-crowned Sparrows migrate about 2,600 miles to winter in Southern California. The oldest recorded White-crowned Sparrow lived in California and was at least 13 years, 4 months old. source -
Greater yellow legs and lesser yellowlegs, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Oct 9, 2018. We had a group of 9 greater yellowlegs and a second flock of 3 greater and 4 lesser yellowlegs while out on the pontoon.
Tringa melanoleuca - greater yellowlegs. Colloquial names for this species include telltale, tattler, and yelper, all of which refer to its strident alarm calls.
Tringa flavipes - lesser yellowlegs. Both the male and female Lesser Yellowlegs provide parental care to the young, but the female tends to leave the breeding area before the chicks can fly, thus leaving the male to defend the young until fledging.


American Goldfinch on ox-eyed sunflower, Rondeau Provincial Park, October 6, 2018.
Spinus tristis American Goldfinches breed later than most North American birds. They wait to nest until June or July when milkweed, thistle, and other plants have produced their fibrous seeds, which goldfinches incorporate into their nests and also feed their young. source -

Black Bellied plover, non-breeding plumage.

Black bellied plover, Sept 30, 2018, Rondeau Provincial Park. Non-breeding plumage.
One of the few species of shorebirds we saw that day.
Pluvialis squatarola Wary and quick to give alarm calls, the Black-bellied Plover functions worldwide as a sentinel for mixed groups of shorebirds. These qualities allowed it to resist market hunters, and it remained common when populations of other species of similar size were devastated. source -