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January 2018 Bird Walk

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Iced-Mallard

We stopped doing January walks several years ago, because of the cold weather, and often low attendance, but in the last couple of years we have been getting good attendance in even the most miserable and threatening weather, so we thought it was time to try again. Well, the morning of January 13th brought -14C temperatures and a strong wind. Despite that, we had a small but hardy group of participants at our starting point in Mimico Square. I think the Mallard above gives a good idea of how we felt. Despite that, we managed to find a good variety of birds, including all 3 species of merganser, both scaup species, and an adult Bald Eagle. Although it wasn’t a long list of species, we managed one more than we did last month.

Here’s the full list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
Gadwall
Mallard
American Black Duck
Redhead
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
American Robin
European Starling
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

Under those conditions, I didn’t take off my heavy mitts very often to take photos, but here’s one more. A young Red-tailed Hawk, quite unconcerned about humans. He seemed more interested in squirrels than frozen birders.

RT-Hawk

Our starting & ending point at Amos Waites Park made for a easy walk to warm up with a hot beverage at Birds & Beans!

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