The last couple of weeks has seen an influx of Dickcissels. This is a mid-western species that favours brushy, shrubby fields that are a little bit overgrown. After our last heat wave they started showing up in abundance, possibly related to dry conditions further south.
The individual below is one of 3 we saw at Camper's Cove this morning. Although this one lacks the black throat, I can't help but wonder if this is a young male due to the bright rufous wing patches and because it was actively singing. Anyone know?
Dickcissels also showed up in Waterloo Region, and at lunch, Ken and I nipped out to check if they were still there. We quickly heard their distinctive sound. I was able to get a few photos of this male.