May 20, 2018

Rtothonotary warbler.

Prothonotary warbler, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, May 20, 2018

This goes way past a bad hair day.

A mouth full of moss and his head disappeared. Using it to line a new nest in a tree cavity.

Protonotaria citrea
For Prothonotary Warblers it pays to be bright. Males that are brighter yellow gain access to better nest sites than less colourful males, according to a study conducted in Louisiana.
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May 19, 2018

Grey-cheeked thrush

Grey cheeked thrush, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, May 10, 2018

One of the less common thrushes in our area.
First time I was able to get a recognizable photo.

Catharus minimus
Gray-cheeked and Bicknell's thrushes were only recently recognized as separate species. Most of the information published in the last century on "Gray-cheeked Thrush" concerned the Bicknell's Thrush instead of the Gray-cheeked. Although Gray-cheeked Thrush has a much larger range across North America, the Bicknell's Thrush's small range is closer to centers of human population, and therefore is the more accessible species.
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May 17, 2018

Northern parula.

Northern parula, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, May 10, 2018.

Another of the flurry of warblers earlier this month.

Setophaga americana
Before this species received the name Northern Parula (a diminutive form of parus, meaning little titmouse), Mark Catesby, an English naturalist, called it a "finch creeper" and John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson called it a "blue yellow-backed warbler."
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May 16, 2018

Screech owl, Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, May 16, 2018.

This owl came back to the same roost it was in a few days ago.
This time he was in the open and in the sunlight.

Megascops asio
Like most raptors, male Eastern Screech-Owls are smaller than females, and are more agile fliers and hunters. The female doesn’t hunt while on the nest; she and the chicks depend on food brought them by the male. Though the male is smaller, his voice is deeper than the female’s.
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May 15, 2018

Magnolia warbler.

Another good day at Rondeau Provincial Park on May 15, 2018.
Lots of warblers, many down low enough to photograph.
This is from May 10, 2018. Haven't had an opportunity to go through the 1,000 plus photos from today.

Magnolia warbler.
Setophaga magnolia
The name of the species was coined in 1810 by Alexander Wilson, who collected a specimen from a magnolia tree in Mississippi. He actually used the English name "Black-and-yellow Warbler" and used "magnolia" for the Latin species name, which became the common name over time.
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May 14, 2018

Black and white.

Black and White warbler at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, May 10, 2018.

Another of the warblers in the mixed flock at the "log pond".

Mniotilta varia
The Black-and-white Warbler is the only member of the genus Mniotilta. The genus name means “moss-plucking,” a reference to its habit of probing bark and moss for insects.
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May 13, 2018

Black-throated blue warbler.

Had a nice grouping of warblers the other day at Rondeau Provincial Park.
Among them was this black-throated blue warbler.

Setophaga caerulescens
In the Dominican Republic, Black-throated Blue Warblers take advantage of a sweet treat created by insects harvesting tree sap. These insects feed on tree sap and excrete drops of sweet sap or "honeydew" from their back ends that the warblers drink up.
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