Common Redpoll, Winter and Carolina Wrens

Loving the visits to Lasalle these past two weeks.

New to me is the common redpoll.

Common Redpoll in a tree at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Common Redpoll in a tree

Common Redpoll on a branch at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll in a bush at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Common Redpoll

Pine siskin were found noisily feasting in the canopy of trees.

Pine siskin eating at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Pine siskin eating

The brown creeper and a red-breasted nuthatch foraged quietly and diligently.

Brown creeper on a tree at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Brown creeper

Red-breasted nuthatch at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Red-breasted nuthatch

The golden-crowned kinglets visited briefly.

Golden-crowned Kinglet on a branch at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Aside from the redpoll, I have had opportunity to observe a Winter Wren and a Carolina Wren.

Winter Wren close up at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Winter Wren

Winter Wren in a tree at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Winter Wren

The Carolina Wren is the more fearless of the two. On at least three occasions this Wren hopped to within inches of my feet. I suspect the bird is mimicking the chickadee’s habit of approaching in search of seed. I placed some seed nearby and noticed the other birds immediately departed once the Wren arrived. The Wren then consumed the shelled sunflower seeds.

Carolina Wren foraging at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Carolina Wren foraging

Carolina Wren on a rock at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Here’s looking at you kid

Carolina Wren inspecting sunflower seeds at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren at Lasalle Park in Burlington, ON

Carolina Wren

Later on I was standing at the water’s edge when two ruddy ducks, appearing fast asleep, moved closer and closer to the shore. I thought to myself, “Oiye, what’s this then?” That’s when I noticed the eyes were open.

Ruddy Ducks resting at Lasalle Marina in Burlington, ON

Ruddy Ducks

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