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December 2022 Bird Walk

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Marc Lichtenberg lead our December 10th walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. There was no snow, but it sure felt like winter! The temperature was hovering around the freezing point, but it felt much colder with a strong east wind. The wind had the birds seeking cover and we did the same, not venturing out on to the outer areas of the waterfront. The strong wind and waves made lake viewing difficult and there were surprisingly few waterfowl in the sheltered areas. Moving inland wasn’t much more productive. It appeared that any birds there were hunkered down waiting for the find to subside. Despite some surprising absences, we managed to find 24 species of birds. Here’s the full list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Greater Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe

And here are some photos from the walk:

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Cooper's Hawk
Downy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
House Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal