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Leopard frog,

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April 2, 2020, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
Went looking for the frogs we could hear calling, just photos of leopard frogs.
Lithobates pipiens The northern leopard frog breeds in lakes, ponds and marshes in the early spring, but it is primarily a frog of meadows and other grassy areas in the summer. In late autumn, the frogs return to the water where they usually remain more-or-less dormant on the bottom in winter.

Vesper Sparrow

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March 31, 2020, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
A first for our yard, number 178. Taken through the wonderful wildlife window. Pooecetes gramineus Vesper Sparrows sing a sweet tinkling song during the day and well into the evening hours—the twilight of vespers, prompting its name. source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Muskrat

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Mar 30, 2020, near Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
Went for a short drive today, saw lots of flickers, heard a towhee and came across this muskrat sitting at the side of the road.
Ondatra zibethicus The muskrat, the only species in genus Ondatra and tribe Ondatrini, is a medium-sized semiaquatic rodent native to North America and an introduced species in parts of Europe, Asia, and South America. The muskrat is found in wetlands over a wide range of climates and habitats. It has important effects on the ecology of wetlands, and is a resource of food and fur for humans.

Blackburnian warbler

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May 10, 2018, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.

Setophaga fusca In springtime, rival male Blackburnian Warblers perform remarkable territorial conflicts that recall an aerial ballet. They chase one another through and around the treetops, flying in loops, plummeting downward through the branches in a whirling pattern, gliding with tail raised and spread, or slowly flapping in exaggerated “moth flight,” as researchers call it. Once territories are established, the aerobatics die down. source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
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Bay-breasted warbler, May 15, 2018, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario Canada.
One of my favourite warblers. Setophaga castanea
Bay-breasted Warblers are voracious predators of spruce budworms. One study concluded that they consumed over 13,000 budworms per hectare (about 2.5 acres) in just 41 days.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Red-winged blackbird.

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Red-winged blackbird, March 25, 2020, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
Finally had some decent light and birds at the same time in the yard. Agelaius phoeniceus
The oldest recorded Red-winged Blackbird was 15 years, 9 months old. It was banded in New Jersey in 1967, and found alive, but injured in Michigan in 1983. It was able to be released after recovering from its injuries.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Red-bellied woodpecker.

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Red-bellied woodpecker, June 13, 2019, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
Sticking its tongue out, perhaps a comment on an empty feeder.
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.