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Sora

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Sora, Chatham Kent, Ontario, Canada, Sept 18, 2019. Went looking for a life bird which I missed, but it was still a nice outing. Large number of soras running through the grasses. This one stopped long enough to ge its photo.

Porzana carolina Soras might not look like they can fly long distances with their stubby wings and chubby bodies, but they fly hundreds of miles each spring and fall to wetlands in Central and South America.
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Magnolia Warbler, Setophaga magnolia and a Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica, in the little water feature in the yard. Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Sept 16, 2019.
More warblers moving through the yard, still in small numbers.

Black throated green warbler.

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Black throated. green warbler, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Sept 11, 2019. Another of the fall warblers stopping for a break in the yard.
Setophaga virens In areas where multiple species of warblers breed close together, Black-throated Green Warblers are generally dominant to Blackburnian Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Northern Parulas, but subordinate to Magnolia Warblers.

The nectar theif

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Tennessee Warbler, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Sept 14, 2019.
A pond visitor late this afternoon.
Leiothlypis peregrina
The Tennessee Warbler is a common nectar "thief" on its wintering grounds in tropical forests. Instead of probing a flower from the front to get the nectar, and spreading pollen on its face in the process, the warbler pierces the flower tube at its base and gets the reward without performing any pollination.

Preying mantis.

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Chinese Mantis, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Sept 13, 2019. Anne found this 3 inch long mantis on her walk and took me to it, just around the corner from our place.

The Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis) is a species of praying mantis native to Asia and the nearby islands. In 1896 this species was accidentally introduced by a nurseryman at Mt. Airy near Philadelphia, United States

He has nothing to say.

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Mute Swan, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario , Canada, August 30, 2019.
Seen while out cruising the marsh edge.
Cygnus olor
All of the Mute Swans in North America descended from swans imported from Europe from the mid 1800s through early 1900s to adorn large estates, city parks, and zoos. Escapees established breeding populations and are now established in the Northeast, Midatlantic, Great Lakes, and Pacific Northwest of the U.S.

Purple martins.

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Mitchell's Bay, Ontario, Canada, Aug 31, 2019 We were invited to watch purple martins come into a roost. At first there were a few and then there were more than a few. This is a small segment of the sky, they were coming from all directions.

Estimated at between 125,000 and 150,000 birds. Absolutely amazing.

Migratory Grasshopper

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Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. In the front yard, another of Anne's finds. She is into inaturalist and inspects every plant at least once a day.
Melanoplus sanguinipes Is a species of spur-throated grasshopper in the family Acrididae. Other common names include the lesser migratory grasshopper and red-legged grasshopper. It is found in the Caribbean and North America.