August 17, 2018

Ruby-throated hummingbird, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, August 16, 2018

We have at least 10 ruby-throated hummingbirds in the yard.
They dart, dive and generally harass each other.
Once in a while we will get 5 or 6 on a feeder at one time.
Yesterday, during heavy rain, they cooperated a little bit.

I couldn't get more than three at a time in a photo.

August 16, 2018

Pop goes the weasel, sort of.

We had a mink in our tiny pond yesterday.

Anne called me and I grabbed the camera and watched the pond. At first I didn't see anything and thought it had left.
Suddenly a head popped up and it was covered in duck weed.
It was probably looking for frogs.

Neovison vison
The American mink is a small, semi-aquatic carnivore which can dive to depths of 5 to 6 metres and swim underwater for up 35 metres.

August 12, 2018

American toads.

South Point Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park was flooded for most of the spring.
Found these mating American toads.

They were underwater and the long strings are the eggs.

August 09, 2018

Fiield trip today to Burlington, Ontario, Canada, to look for the long tailed jaeger that has been seen the past few days.
It took a while but we did see the bird several times.

This was a life bird for both Anne and myself. Whooohooo.

Also met up with other birders we haven't ween for a while.
At one point we had 5 Ric(k)s on the beach standing together.

Stercorarius longicaudus
A swift-flying seabird, extremely graceful and agile in flight. When swimming, it floats buoyantly, and it takes flight from the water easily. Of the three jaeger species, the Long-tail is the smallest and the one that migrates farthest offshore; south of the Arctic, it seldom comes within sight of land.
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August 08, 2018

Northern flicker.

A northern flicker had a raucous bath in the little stream of our water feature this afternoon.
He was there for about 10 minutes.

Colaptes auratus
Although it can climb up the trunks of trees and hammer on wood like other woodpeckers, the Northern Flicker prefers to find food on the ground. Ants are its main food, and the flicker digs in the dirt to find them. It uses its long barbed tongue to lap up the ants.
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August 07, 2018

Magnolia warbler.

Magnolia warbler, Rondeau Provincial Park, May 10, 2018
Going through a few thousand photos from the spring migration and came across this image.

Setophaga magnolia
Though it has very specific habitat preferences in the breeding season, the Magnolia Warbler occupies a very broad range of habitats in winter: from sea level to 5,000 feet in cacao plantations, orchards, forests, and thickets.
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August 06, 2018

Mellow yellow.

Two area farms are growing sunflowers this year.
The massed colour is amazing.

Planting 3 to 4 pounds of seeds can result in yields of 1300 to 2,000 pounds per acre.
Average oil content is 40 to 42%. Oil yield extracted from the sunflower seed ranges from 35 to 80 gallons per acre.
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