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Slip sliding away.

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Red phalarope and a dunlin at Keith McLeans Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada, Dec 7, 2019.
Unusual for this late in the year. Later they were feeding at the edge of the ice where some melting had occurred. Phalaropus fulicarius - red phalarope
Calidris alpina - dunlin

Northern flicker

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Northern Flicker, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, July 23, 2018.
You know when you have an itch that's just out of reach?
Colaptes auratus The oldest known yellow-shafted form of the Northern Flicker was a male and was at least 9 years, 2 months old when he was found in Florida.

Just when you thought it was safe to back into the water.

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Common Garter Snake, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 30, 2011

Going for a little swim.

Thamnophis sirtalis
The common garter snake is a species of natricine snake, which is indigenous to North America and found widely across the continent. Most common garter snakes have a pattern of yellow stripes on a black, brown or green background, and their average total length is about 55 cm, with a maximum total length of about 137 cm. The average body mass is 150 g.
Common garter snakes are also the state reptile of Massachusetts.

First snowy of the season.

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Snowy Owl, near Shrewsbury, Ontario, Canada, Dec 1, 2019.
Would have been better if he was closer but I will take what I can get.
Bubo scandiacus The oldest-known Snowy Owl was a female, and at least 23 years, 10 months old when she was recaptured in 2015 during banding operations in Montana. She had been banded in Massachusetts in 1992.

Eastern towhee.

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Eastern Towhee, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Nov 5, 2019.
A female or immature eastern towhee in the pond earlier this month.
Pipilo erythrophthalmus Eastern Towhees tend to be pretty solitary, and they use a number of threat displays to tell other towhees they’re not welcome. You may see contentious males lift, spread, or droop one or both wings, fan their tails, or flick their tails to show off the white spots at the corners. Studies have shown that male towhees tend to defend territories many times larger than needed simply to provide food.

A lifer

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Red phalarope, Nov 24, 2019, Erieau, Ont.

It is getting harder to get a life bird without traveling long distances.

This red phalarope was an exception.

phalaropus fulicarius 
A brilliant red bird with a white face and yellow bill in summer, the Red Phalarope becomes a subdued gray-and-white speck on the open ocean in the nonbreeding season.
Red Phalaropes sometimes gather around gray and bowhead whales to feed in the plumes of muddy water the great mammals stir up. Whalers once called Red Phalaropes “bowhead birds” and looked for the flocks when searching for whales.


Sword-billed hummingbird

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Quito, Ecuador, March 16, 2016.
From the archives.
Ensifera ensifera This is the only bird species with a bill length that exceeds the body length.

Brown creeper

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Brown creeper, Nov 14, 2019, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
A slightly grainy image of a brown creeper having a bath. First time I have seen one in the water.
Certhia americana Brown Creepers burn an estimated 4–10 calories (technically, kilocalories) per day, a tiny fraction of a human’s daily intake of about 2,000 kilocalories. By eating a single spider, a creeper gains enough energy to climb nearly 200 feet vertically. source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.