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November 2022 Bird Walk
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We held our November 2022 Bird Walk in Mimico, starting at Amos Waites Park and walking over to Mimico Creek. Between Covid-19 shutdowns and the closure of Humber Bay Park East, this was the first walk we have held in the area since February 2020! This area can be filled with waterfowl in midwinter, but we were concerned that mid-November would be too early. Our fears were well founded as we walked to the lake and found it virtually deserted!

Things improved slightly as we made our way east, but very few winter waterfowl were found. Along with a small flock of Long-tailed Ducks and Red-breasted Mergansers, we found a single Goldeneye and a single Redhead. The biggest surprise was finding 7 Killdeer in Mimico Creek. Killdeer are common summer residents, but finding one, let alone 7, in November is unusual.

Remarkably for the conditions, we tallied 24 species by the end of the walk. This was even more surprising considering some of the common species we didn’t find, including Canada Goose.

Here’s our full list of species:

Mute Swan
American Wigeon
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
European Starling
American Robin
House Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal

The designated photographer was also the designated leader this month, so there are only a few low quality photgraphs:

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