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.
They are common in semi-open habitats with a mix of grassy fields and trees often near water. Humber Bay is perfect.
Eastern Kingbirds catch insects in midair including bees, wasps, ants, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, locusts, bugs, and flies.
Most impressively, they fly all the way to Brazil and Northern Argentina for the winter.
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.
The yellow and black combination with a notched tail identifies this as a male American Goldfinch.
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)