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November 2014 Bird Walk
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Hugh Currie lead our November walk at Humber Bay Park East. It was a dull, windy day that looked like fall, but it felt like winter! Even Hugh was surprised by the numbers and diversity of the birds we saw. A juvenile Coopers Hawk right at the parking lot started us off, and good sightings continued throughout the walk. As advertised we found a nice mix of early winter arrivals and lingering fall migrants. The treat was finding more of those late migrants than expected. By 11:00 we had tallied 34 species and one additional species group. The land birds were moving quickly, not posing for photos, but there were enough of them that most people were able to get a look at most of the species we found. Most of the interesting waterfowl were well offshore, but with 4 scopes to share, we had good views of hem as well.

Here’s the list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Green-winged Teal
Greater/Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Cooper's Hawk

Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-capped Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

And here are a few photos:


By the end, many of us were looking forward to wrapping our frozen fingers around a mug of hot coffee at Birds & Beans!