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September 2019 Bird Walk
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Glenn Coady lead our September 7th walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. This is a bit of a tradition. Glenn has lead almost every September walk for many years. Although there are lots of birds migrating at this time of year, seeing and identifying them can be a challenge because they are not singing and they are wearing drab fall plumage.

The birds were generally scarce, but we did come upon a nice mixed flock of warblers at the north end of “the bowl” containing seven species of warbler and two species of flycatcher. A large movement of Monarch Butterflies helped add colour.

By the end, 31 participants tallied 35 species of birds. After the walk, many of us went up to the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre for cookies and Birds & Beans coffee to take in the Passenger Pigeon exhibit.

Here’s a full list of the bird species found on the walk. (The stuffed Passenger Pigeon doesn’t count!)

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Empidonax sp.
Eastern Kingbird

Warbling Vireo
American Crow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
European Starling
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Northern Cardinal

And here are some photos from the walk:


And here are some additional photos, compliments of john Gapski


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