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  1. I cant get it to play either, but YRWA is not out of the question. They are the first warbler to return here, and the only one that normally a small number will attempt overwinter (other stragglers of other species may do it or try, but YRWA is the only "expected" winter warbler). I know a few are already around here, not 50 kilometer from where this was recorded, and in general our winter was mild enough for birds to have survived.
  2. From last September. Still too cold here for insects. As I write this, while we are getting warmer days, it is plus 1 with freezing rain and / or snow possible tomorrow. Eastern Pondhawk. url=][/url]Erythemis simplicicollis_2016-09-03_00037_small by Chris Cheatle, on Flickr
  3. Not sure a positive ID can be made from this photo, but as with above post, I am as close as possible to certain it is not a Raven.
  4. I know loons fly with open bills, plus those that call as they fly like cranes, geese etc. Not sure about other species.I suspect if I hit something at full speed my mouth would open too. I'd still bet on an intentional act, be it human or shrike as more probable, but think flight more likely than wind. If it were a shrike (House Finch would be at the upper limit of what they can tackle), I'm not surprised at the lack of other damage. Research shows the majority of shrike impalings are never fed on, the thinking is it may be a display mechanism to other shrikes. Although I'd think you would have found other stuff were it a shrike.
  5. From last year as depending on weather we are still 5-6 weeks away from the odes coming out here. I was reminded of this when I got an email today asking about it due to it being pretty notable for the area. While common in Algonquin Park and northern Ontario, they are very rare in Southern Ontario. In fact this is the only one I have seen in the south of the province. Frosted Whiteface: Leucorrhinia frigida_2016-07-02_00001 on Flickr
  6. Can you share where you saw this, it will help in reducing the number of possibilities. It may be that what you saw are actually female Red-winged Blackbirds, a bird that looks like, and many people confuse with sparrows. They are much larger than most sparrows (Cardinal sized is about right), come to feeders, and are migrating north now. Look that up to see if it is a match.
  7. It is a ground beetle, that is the best I can do. Harpalus the genus has over 400 species, Harpalinae the higher order subfamily is over 20,000 species globally with several hundred genera (I dont know the number of those in North America).
  8. Most Harpalus have red legs (but not exclusively). You may be better served on BugGuide, as a wise man once said, God has an inordinate fondness for beetles, there are so many options.
  9. When do Northern get their white wing patch ? This guy clearly has a god sized one while Sibley notes 1st winter Northern dont have a wing patch.
  10. In the field via 60x scope it looked small billed, with the mask coming all the way down and uniformly thick with no evident breast barring. It is the time when Loggerhead would be passing through, but Northern are here too. I viewed it with one of the top birders in the province who felt it was a Loggerhead (which was the initial ID when the bird was located 2 days ago), but certain loud local voices are jumping over anyone who suggests anything other than Northern.
  11. Nothing better than this, it remained quite distant and elusive.
  12. I'd think flying into it might be more viable. Even if there was enough wind to move a dead bird, I'd expect it to be blown along the ground, not however far off the ground it ended up, and blown in the perfect orientation to hang up like that.
  13. Southern Ontario today. This bird is generating interesting discussion locally. Both species possible locally, both are pretty uncommon, with one certainly more uncommon. Thoughts ? Thanks. DSCN8835_small on Flickr
  14. One of the Sphinx moths - Darapsa choerilus (Azalea Sphinx) perhaps.
  15. Posture ( bill pointed upwards slightly is typical of Red-throated ) and degree of white suggest Red-throated.