Andrew Keaveney lead our September 10th walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. Summer-like conditions made for a pleasant walk, but also made it difficult to find many birds. We spent our time at the pond and in the areas north of there up to the “bowl”. We were unable to spot the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron that has been the park’s star attraction for the past week. It, like most of the other birds, was hiding somewhere in the trees. There were a few cryptic fall warblers, mostly high in the trees. Andrew was able to bring some in closer with a combination of pishing and owl calls.
We ended the walk with a group total of 31 species, which is impressive under the conditions, especially without visiting the lake, where we could certainly have added a few more species. Here is the full list: