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September 2023 Bird Walk

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Garth Riley led a very successful Bird Walk on September 16th. We usually get either nice weather or a good variety of birds. That day we got both! With approximately 200 species on our all-time bird walk list, adding new species is hard. Even our star bird of the day, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, had already been seen on a previous walk! This rare visitor from the southern US has been in the park for weeks but is often difficult to spot. With the trees fully in leaf and the birds in cryptic non-breeding or juvenile plumage, this is possibly the most difficult season to find and identify birds, but with many experienced observers in the group, we managed to find a good variety. As is typical for this time of year, we also found a good variety of migrating butterflies and dragonflies. By the end of the walk, we had tallied 44 species including 10 species of warbler - well above average for our September walk.
Here is the full list:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Gray Catbird
American Robin
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
Common Grackle
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Northern Cardinal


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