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April 1  2023 Bird Walk

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Nancy Barrett lead our “March” Bird Walk, which actually happened on April 1st. It was delayed by a week due to a major storm on March 25th. Overnight heavy rain and early morning fog gave way to a beautiful sunny, windy day. The large, enthusiastic group were treated to several newly arrived Spring migrants including Tree Swallows, a Belted Kingfisher and a Great Blue Heron. We found a nice variety of waterfowl, both winter residents, and Spring migrants, although most stayed well out from shore. While we missed some expected, species we were more than compensated by sighting some less common species including Blue-winged Teal, American Kestrel, Iceland Gull, and Bonaparte’s Gull.

By 11:00, we had tallied 38 species. Here is the full list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
American Black Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Mourning Dove

Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Iceland Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
American Kestrel
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Golden-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
American Robin
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Northern Cardinal

Here are a few photos from the walk. People photos courtesy of Adam Ndaro Solomon.