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Art by Barry Kent MacKay
This bird has a huge range, being found
in much of the world. Here in North America it is widely
distributed in temperate and subtropical habitat. Where I live,
in Ontario, we are at the northern edge of its range, at least on this part
of the continent, although it breeds quite a bit further north along the St
Lawrence River Valley, up to the North Shore of Quebec, and the beautiful
Gaspé Peninsula. It is quite common in my region, in the lower Great
Lakes of southern Ontario, where it nests in colonies, which vary a lot in
size from year to year, and come and go without apparent reason. Also, it is migratory in regions with cold winters (although last winter
southern Ontario was not very cold).
Copyright © Barry Kent MacKay
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