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Nancy Barrett led our October 14th walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. It was a dull, windy day with a bit of drizzle, but we were spared any really heavy rain. Dull days can be great for finding birds, but the strong wind was keeping many of them hidden under the shelter of trees and bushes. When they did show themselves, kinglets and White-throated sparrows accounted for the majority of the songbirds. There were still a few warblers around and the White-crowned Sparrows and Juncos have arrived. We searched unsuccessfully for pipits and the long-staying Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, but an early Greater Scaup in the harbour was a nice surprise.

Along with the 33 species on the list below, a small falcon, a couple of thrushes, and a flyby merganser escaped positive identification. The final tally:

Canada Goose
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Cooper's Hawk
Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Gray Catbird
House Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal