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February 2024 Bird Walk
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We had a cold, sunny day for our February 17th walk at Humber Bay Park West. A fresh dusting of snow helped concentrate songbirds around food sources, and the sunlight encouraged a few to sing. The story of the birds was almost as much about what we didn’t see as what we did see. The bay often hosts large flocks of waterfowl at this time of year, but it was almost deserted today. There are usually a few other species of duck mixed in with the Mallard flock, but not today. We didn’t even see a Mute Swan!

One of the unexpected sightings was some early-season mating of Common Goldeneyes. Uncharacteristically, the female was the instigator. It took her mate a long time to clue in to her invitation. 

Despite all the misses, we still managed to find 22 species by the end of the walk. Here is the full list:
 

Canada Goose
Mallard
Greater Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
 

And here are a few photos from the walk:

Great Black-backed Gull
Red-tailed Hawk
Downy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
 

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