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March 2016 Bird Walk

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Hugh Currie lead our March 19th Bird Walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. It was a beautiful sunny day, but much colder that we had experienced in weeks! That cold weather undoubtedly slowed down the flow of spring migrants, but we still managed to find a nice selection of winter waterfowl and early spring migrants. Without straying too far from the lake fill areas, we managed to find 29 species of birds.

The first male Red-winged Blackbirds arrived a couple of weeks ago, which is early. On the walk, in addition to numerous males, we saw one female Red-winged Blackbird. Females usually start arriving a few weeks after the males, so while she was early, she was pretty much in sync with the males. Some of the mergansers and Long-tailed Ducks came in quite close, affording great views, as they could be seen underwater in the bight sunlight.

Here’s the list of sightings:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Greater Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

And here are a few photos of the birds we saw:


Anyone who can’t name the last two really needs to come out to a walk! The next one is at Colonel Sam Smith Park again, on April 23.

After an unexpectedly chilly walk, a warm-up at Birds & Beans was a welcome treat!

[March 2016 Bird Walk]

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