Eastern KIngbird on the Pickering Waterfront Trail: July 2020

If you see a hawk or crow being harassed high in the sky by a much smaller bird, there is a good chance you are seeing an Eastern Kingbird.

Eastern Kingbird

They do not hesitate to attack any interloper: hence the name.

Eastern Kingbird

Kingbirds breed in open areas and are usually easy to spot.

Eastern Kingbird (this one has spotted me)

The song consists of sharp, electric, rasping or sputtering notes.

Eastern Kingbird

In August, kingbirds begin their long migration to South America.

Eastern Kingbird

One year I saw one in January (South American summer) in Argentina.

Eastern Kingbird

I had considered calling this post March of the Red Soldier Beetles because I saw so many on this day. These beetles are native to Europe and were introduced here. In Britain, they are called ”bonking beetles.”

Red Soldier Beetle
Red Soldier Beetles on Wild Parsnip
Red Soldier Beetles on Wild Parsnip
Red Soldier Beetle on Wild Parsnip
Red Soldier Beetles on Wild Parsnip
Red Soldier Beetles on Wild Parsnip
Red Soldier Beetles on Wild Parsnip
Red Soldier Beetles on Milkweed
Red Soldier Beetles on Wild Parsnip
Red Soldier Beetles on Wild Parsnip
Red Soldier Beetles on Wild Parsnip
Red Soldier Beetles on Wild Parsnip
Red Soldier Beetle on Water-hemlock

The Waterfront Trail extends from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Brockville.

The Pickering section has frequent short trails to Lake Ontario and many benches with panoramic views.

Other life:

Seven-spotted Ladybug
Amber Snail
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
mostly juvenile European Starlings
juvenile European Starling
mostly juvenile European Starlings
Painted Turtles & Gadwalls
Painted Turtle, Mallard, Gadwall

Some botany:

Elecampane (Inula helenium)
White Campion (Silene latifolia)
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica ) Berries can be orange or red
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica ) Berries can be orange or red
Evening-primrose (Oenothera)
Orange Day-lily (Hemerocallis fulva)
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Creeping Bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)
Yellow Sweet-clover (Melilotus officinalis)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Willow seed
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
showing height of Fragmites
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatis)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)

NATURE POETRY

Tis the middle watch of a summer night–
The earth is dark, but the heavens are bright;
Naught is seen in the vault on high
But the moon, and the stars, and the cloudless sky.   – Joseph Rodman Drake (1795–1820)

Miles Hearn

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