The threatened and threatening rain held off for our walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park on September 17th. Inclement weather often makes for good bird activity, but it didn’t work that way on our walk. Warbler and songbirds in general were very scarce. A small flock hiding in a well leafed tree at the beginning of the walk turned out to be a one-off, rather than a sign of things to come. As a last minute stand-in as walk leader, I worried about being able to identify all those “confusing fall warblers”. As luck would have it, I didn’t need to worry.
The September walk has a history of producing a variety of herons, and this year continued that tradition with three species. A Green Heron stood out in the open for great scope views. We also had good looks at the rapidly maturing Red-necked Grebe chicks.
Here’s the full list for our walk: