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April 2019 Bird Walk

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Bob Yukich lead our April 27th walk at Sam Smith Park, and despite a dull, blustery day that felt more like winter, we managed to find a nice selection of birds. We missed some usually easy to find species, like American Goldfinch, but found some other surprising ones. We found 4 species of warblers and 3 raptor species. Other notable finds were a flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls, a Spotted Sandpiper, and an early Eastern Kingbird.

We generally don’t see many Night Herons here in the spring, but we found about 20 roosting by the pond. This raises hopes that they may start nesting here.

Here’s the full list, 57 species in all:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Spotted Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Kingbird
American Crow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Purple Finch
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

Here are a few photos from the walk:


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