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Ross Harris lead our February 15th Walk at The Mimico Waterfront Park and Humber Bay West. It was a chilly morning. Not as cold as originally forecast, but still colder than we have been accustomed to this winter. We started the walk at Amos Waites Park, because this is where we often find the greatest concentration of waterfowl in midwinter. We found a light sprinkling of the typical species, but not huge numbers of anything and nothing unusual.

A pair of American Black ducks at Amos Waites provided a nice comparison versus the much more common Mallards. The flock of gulls further in the bay often yields some unusual gulls. Aside from a brief visit from a Great Black-backed Gull, the flock was just our two most common gull species: Ring-billed and Herring.

The first part of the walk was all waterfowl except for a flock of Rock Pigeons. next we moved to Humber Bay Park West near Mimico Creek. Although the creek was frozen, we found a mini jackpot of passerines including an overwintering Red-winged Blackbird, a Song Sparrow, ad nice variety of other small birds.

After that is was time to warm up with a hot coffee and baked treat from Birds & Beans!

Here’s the full species list from the walk:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Greater Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull
Cooper's Hawk
House Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
House Finch
American Goldfinch
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Northern Cardinal

And here are a few photos from the walk: