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December 2023 Bird Walk

Andrew Keaveney led our December 9 walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. It was a dull day, but the rain held off for the duration of the walk. It was warm (for December) and snow-free, but that warm weather may be holding back some of the bird migration. We didn’t see large numbers of waterfowl aside from a large flock of Greater Scaup off the Second Beach and a few flocks flying West. Songbirds were also laying low, with just a few chip notes to alert us to their presence. The exception was a couple of Robin flocks actively feeding and coming to puddles to drink and bathe. Despite missing some common birds, we managed to find 29 species by the end of the walk. Here’s the complete list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Greater Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull

And here are a few photos:

Herring Gull
Great Blue Heron
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
European Starling
American Robin
House Sparrow
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal


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