Sunday, 2 June 2013

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus

    The Eastern Kingbird is a conspicuous species at this time of year in the undeveloped regions of Waterloo County, where open pasture still predominates over agricultural land in certain areas. The ancient custom of leaving some fields fallow each year is still practiced by Old Order Mennonite farmers, to the benefit of the Eastern Kingbird (and other grassland species). Its song has sometimes been compared to the sound made by an electric fence and it is renowned for its spirited defence of its territory against all comers, big or small. 
    This bird was photographed on Hutchison Road in Wellesley Township.

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