Eastern Kingbird and Other Birds at Humber Bay: June 2021

The scientific name of the Eastern Kingbird – Tyrannus tyrannus – gives an insight into the personality of this species. It does not hesitate to attack any interloper into its nesting territory, even much larger birds.

Eastern Kingbird

They are common in semi-open habitats with a mix of grassy fields and trees often near water. Humber Bay is perfect.

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbirds catch insects in midair including bees, wasps, ants, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, locusts, bugs, and flies. 

Eastern Kingbird

Most impressively, they fly all the way to Brazil and Northern Argentina for the winter.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

A few years ago, a gate was put up at the large pond here to prevent the entry of Carp. Carp in an area like this will completely change the ecolgy.

Sadly, Carp have found a way to enter.

Carp

Other birds:

Red-necked Grebe
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Cliff Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Pekin Duck
Pekin Duck
moulting male Mallard
Mallard (female)
moulting male Mallard
moulting male Mallard
Ring-billed Gull
Song Sparrow
Rock Pigeon
Ring-billed Gull
Common Grackles
Canada Goose
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
House Sparrow (male)
Tree Swallow

MYSTERY BIRD

The yellow and black combination with a notched tail identifies this as a male American Goldfinch.

American Goldfinch (male)

NATURE POETRY

In June ’tis good to lie beneath a tree 
While the blithe season comforts every sense, 
Steeps all the brain in rest, and heals the heart, 
Brimming it o’er with sweetness unawares.         – James Russell Lowell (1819–91)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Eastern Kingbird and Other Birds at Humber Bay: June 2021

  1. Debi

    Beautiful detailed photos! Wish I could manage my camera as well as you do. I have the same one as you I believe, bought a couple months ago. Still trying to figure out manage lighting, focus and capture shots like you have. Just goes to show that the camera doesn’t make the photographer. Thanks for continuing to share your lovey subjects and knowledge.

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    I got the “mystery bird”! And I LOVE that Canada Goose close-up head portrait! Very original, and it certainly conveys its proud and stately nature! Have the winter ducks finally left? (Not that I ever want them to, but it IS almost summer!) Thanks, Miles!

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