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After being stuck indoor for so long, I decided to drop by Downsview Park this morning (all protected from cold and the virus). It was a beautiful chilly and sunny morning, I was surprised to hear Cardinals singing. Bigger surprise was finding a cooperative Eastern Meadowlark foraging on the slope of a hill. It would stick its long beaks inside flattened grass, open the mandibles and then probe for seeds or insect larva. It was very interesting to watch. Here are some photos from this morning.

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Lucky find indeed.Rarely ever see a Meadowlark, even in April.Never expect to see one in January.Not even chickadees around here ... absolutely dead.Thanks for posting.


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After being stuck indoor for so long, I decided to drop by Downsview Park this morning (all protected from cold and the virus). It was a beautiful chilly and sunny morning, I was surprised to hear Cardinals singing. Bigger surprise was finding a cooperative Eastern Meadowlark foraging on the slope of a hill. It would stick its long beaks inside flattened grass, open the mandibles and then probe for seeds or insect larva. It was very interesting to watch. Here are some photos from this morning.
Very nice find indeed. I've only seen a meadow luck once before in Rondeau area.


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That's a great way to beat the winter blue! I also saw cardinals and robins in the midtown. Apparently there are residents in the winter.


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After being stuck indoor for so long, I decided to drop by Downsview Park this morning (all protected from cold and the virus). It was a beautiful chilly and sunny morning, I was surprised to hear Cardinals singing. Bigger surprise was finding a cooperative Eastern Meadowlark foraging on the slope of a hill. It would stick its long beaks inside flattened grass, open the mandibles and then probe for seeds or insect larva. It was very interesting to watch. Here are some photos from this morning.
Very nice find indeed. I've only seen a meadow luck once before in Rondeau area.


Wow, you went to Rondeau - that's not nearby. For Meadowlark you should visit Grass Lake in Cambridge or Carden Alvar in early Spring. Their songs will blow you away.


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After being stuck indoor for so long, I decided to drop by Downsview Park this morning (all protected from cold and the virus). It was a beautiful chilly and sunny morning, I was surprised to hear Cardinals singing. Bigger surprise was finding a cooperative Eastern Meadowlark foraging on the slope of a hill. It would stick its long beaks inside flattened grass, open the mandibles and then probe for seeds or insect larva. It was very interesting to watch. Here are some photos from this morning.
Very nice find indeed. I've only seen a meadow luck once before in Rondeau area.

Wow, you went to Rondeau - that's not nearby. For Meadowlark you should visit Grass Lake in Cambridge or Carden Alvar in early Spring. Their songs will blow you away.
My birding career( for lack of a better word) started in Point Pelee. Hahaha, I had little idea what I was doing, and was almost angry when my friend told me we were actually there to mainly look for tiny birds called warblers. I was like, why? We drove all that distance, for tiny birds we couldn't even find?!  Why can't we go for something more exciting, like eagles.
Now here I am, still with many questions, but so glad you guys are always just a question away.