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April 2016 Bird Walk

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Bob Yukich lead our April 23 Bird Walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. It was a bright sunny, but cool day. Although the number of birds was fairly low, the diversity of species was impressive. A very cooperative Blue-gray Gnatcatcher near the beginning of the walk, perched out in the open for all to see. The long-staying Harlequin Duck also provided great views. There weren’t many warblers around yet, but a few Yellow-rumped and Pine Warblers cooperated for good views as well. Many of the raptors we saw were very distant specks, but a Coopers Hawk perched obligingly for excellent views.

Our April walk, always lead by Bob, often produces a long list of species. This year was no exception as we totalled 61 species. Here’s the full list:

Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Harlequin Duck
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Bald Eagle
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow

Here are some of the birds we saw:


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