Eastern Kingbirds at Col. Sam Smith Park: July 2021

Eastern Kingbirds are noisy which makes them easy to find. In addition their self confident, aggressive behaviour permits close approach and good photos.

In winter they fly far off to Peru and Bolivia.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Other birds:

Red-winged Blackbird (female or juvenile)
European Starlings (juvenile)
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Mallard (female)
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Cardinal (male)
European Starling (juvenile)
Song Sparrow
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole (female)
House Sparrows
Willow Flycatcher
Red-winged Blackbird (female or juvenile)
Red-winged Blackbird (female or juvenile)
Red-winged Blackbird (female or juvenile)
Red-necked Grebes
moulting male Mallard
Red-necked Grebe with 2 eggs
Ring-billed Gull yawning
Red-necked Grebe (juvenile)
Ring-billed Gull
Red-necked Grebe (juvenile)
Canada Goose
Red-necked Grebe
Song Sparrow
Red-necked Grebe (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorants
European Starlings (juvenile)
European Starling (juvenile)

MYSTERY BIRD

The red bill and whitish sides identify a male Common Merganser.

Common Merganser (male)

MAILBOX

Hi Miles,

An interesting evolutionary development that makes sense. Get ready for black-winged planes too!

Study suggests seabirds’ black wings allow them to fly longer (newatlas.com)

NATURE POETRY

When the scarlet cardinal tells
Her dream to the dragon fly,
And the lazy breeze makes a nest in the trees,
And murmurs a lullaby,
It is July. – Susan Swett

Miles Hearn

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