We had a rare visitor at Rondeau on Monday. A magnicent frigate bird showed up at Rondeau and we took a group of birders out on our pontoon boat to see it. It perched at the top of a cottonwood and didn't seem to be bothered by all the oooohs and aaaws
American Goldfinch on ox-eyed sunflower, Rondeau Provincial Park, October 6, 2018. Spinus tristis American Goldfinches breed later than most North American birds. They wait to nest until June or July when milkweed, thistle, and other plants have produced their fibrous seeds, which goldfinches incorporate into their nests and also feed their young. source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Goldfinch/
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.
Hermit thrush, Nov 4, 2019, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Late in the day we had a flurry of birds, including this hermit thrush, coming into the water feature in the yard. Catharus guttatus Hermit Thrushes sometimes forage by “foot quivering,” where they shake bits of grass with their feet to get insects. They also typically begin to quiver their feet as they relax after seeing a flying predator. Some scientists think the quivering happens as the bird responds to conflicting impulses to resume foraging or continue taking cover. source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.