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Dark-eyed junco.

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Junco, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Oct 21 2018. Contemplating a dip in the pond.

Junco hyemalis The Dark-eyed Junco is one of the most common birds in North America and can be found across the continent, from Alaska to Mexico, from California to New York. A recent estimate set the junco’s total population at approximately 630 million individuals. source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Dark-eyed_Junco/
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A ground kicker Fox sparrow, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Nov 15, 2018.
We had two fox sparrows in the yard today searching in the light snow for seeds.
We see these birds occasionally during their migration. Passerella iliaca
Fox Sparrow fossils from the Pleistocene (about 11,000 years ago) have been found in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and at the La Brea tar pits in California.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Fox_Sparrow/

Root Cellars of Elliston, Newfoundland.

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One of the spots of look for puffins was near Elliston, a small town on the Bona Vista peninsula in Newfoundland. Elliston declared itself the "Root Cellar Capital of the World" in July 2000.
A root cellar is a structure that was built in the days before electricity in order to keep vegetables from freezing in the winter months and to keep its contents cool during the warm summer months.
There are about 130 of these structures left in the Elliston area.
A little bit like hobbit homes.
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Pine siskin, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Nov 13, 2018
This siskin hit a window and sat on the tarp covering our lawn furniture.
After a few minutes it flew away. Spinus pinus
Pine Siskins get through cold nights by ramping up their metabolic rates—typically 40% higher than a “normal” songbird of their size. When temperatures plunge as low as –70°C (–94°F), they can accelerate that rate up to five times normal for several hours. They also put on half again as much winter fat as their Common Redpoll and American Goldfinch relatives.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Siskin/

Evening grosbeak, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Nov 10, 2018.

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Almost missed them, I was working on the computer and looked out the window and spotted them on a sunflower feeder. Taken through a window.

Coccothraustes vespertinus With their enormous bills, Evening Grosbeaks can crush seeds that are too large for Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins to open. These smaller birds often seek out the grosbeaks and glean the food scraps they leave behind. source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Evening_Grosbeak

House wren.

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House wren, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Sept 7, 2018.
Fresh from a bath in the small pond in the yard.
Troglodytes aedon House Wrens nest inside tree holes and nest boxes. As the season progresses their nests can become infested with mites and other parasites that feed on the wren nestlings. Perhaps to fight this problem, wrens often add spider egg sacs into the materials they build their nests from. In lab studies, once the spiders hatched, they helped the wrens by devouring the nest parasites. source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Wren/overview

Red-tailed hawk.

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While out looking for the great kiskadee, heard but not seen, I came across this juvenile red-tail in a tree.

Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Nov 8, 2018.

Buteo jamaicensis
The Red-tailed Hawk has a thrilling, raspy scream that sounds exactly like a raptor should sound. At least, that’s what Hollywood directors seem to think. Whenever a hawk or eagle appears onscreen, no matter what species, the shrill cry on the soundtrack is almost always a Red-tailed Hawk.
source -https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-tailed_Hawk

Great things at Rondeau.

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Female Greater Scaup. Rondeau Provincial Park, Nov 6, 2018. High winds made birding difficult, unable to find the great kiskadee but I did find a greater scaup.
Aythya marila
Eggs and ducklings fall prey to predators such as gulls, foxes, and ravens. In some areas, northern pike (fish) also eat ducklings.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Greater_Scaup/overview