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January 2019 Bird Walk

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Hugh Currie lead our January 12 walk along the Mimico Waterfront Park. We had stopped doing January walks in 2011 due to low attendance and often nasty weather, but started again last year. Starting at Amos Waites Park and walking over to Mimico Creek and back can be a very productive route in midwinter if the weather and wildlife cooperate.

Despite a dull -6 degrees to start the walk, we had over 40 participants. I think January walks are back to stay! A few days of cold weather last week had a large part of the bay frozen. While that cut down the number of waterfowl present, it provided good gull watching opportunities. We found 5 gull species among the 31 total species identified on the walk.

Another advantage to starting the walk at Amos Waites Park is that we finish at Birds & Beans Café, always a favourite spot to warm up afterward and the sponsor the walks.

Here’s a full list of the species seen on this walk:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
American Black Duck
Redhead
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
 

Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Iceland Gull (kumlieni)
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Cooper's Hawk
Downy Woodpecker
Peregrine Falcon
Black-capped Chickadee
European Starling
Common Redpoll
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow
 

The most interesting birds were mostly quite far away. Fortunately we had 4 scopes to assist with viewing. Here are a few photos from the walk:

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