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: