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Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Domtar Driveway, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
May 21, 2011

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

I went up to the trails at Guindon today and they were closed off. Flooded. I was not amused. So I decided to check out the driveway at the now defunct Paper Mill to see if there were any wildflowers. Indeed there were. Dandelions. And more dandelions. Oh, joy. But my spirits were lifted a little when I heard some happy chirruping and I spotted this wee lovely perched on the old fence. Quite a cooperative little bird. It would flit off, catch a bug and return to the same spot. The high point of my visit.

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A large dark flycatcher of fields and other open areas, the Eastern Kingbird is a common and widespread species. Despite its name, its range extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast.

The Eastern Kingbird is highly aggressive toward nest predators and larger birds. Hawks and crows are attacked regularly. A kingbird was observed to knock a Blue Jay out of a tree and cause it to hide under bush to escape the attack.

During the summer the Eastern Kingbird eats mostly flying insects and maintains a breeding territory that it defends vigorously against all other kingbirds. In the winter along the Amazon, however, it has a completely different lifestyle: it travels in flocks and eats fruit.

Parent Eastern Kingbirds feed their young for about seven weeks. Because of this relatively long period of dependence, a pair generally raises only one brood of young per nesting season.

Breeds in open environments with scattered perches, such as fields, orchards, shelterbelts, and forest edges. Uses urban parks and golf courses.

Winters in river- and lake-edge habitats and canopy of tropical forests.

Sony Apha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300 mm
iso 100, spot metered, F6.3, 1/200 second

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