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June 2022 Bird Walk

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Our June 2022 Bird Walk was held on June 25 at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, and lead by Garth Riley. Birding in mid-June can be very challenging, because most birds are protecting nests of fledglings and don’t want to be seen. A bright sunny day is also usually not a good time to find a lot of birds either. Despite both of these challenges, we managed to find a nice variety of birds.

Two unusual sightings were a Common Loon and a Bufflehead. Both of these species should be in more northern breeding territory by now. An Orchard Oriole came and sang for us. This is a species that has been expanding its range northward in recent years, and is now breeding regularly in Southern Ontario.

We visited the south building of the filtration plant where Common Terns appear to be nesting on the roof. Several were diving at Garth when he got too close: a territorial behavior which suggests nesting. Also there, we found 3 Cliff Swallow nests. They are all that’s left of a once thriving colony.

By the end of the walk we had tallied 38 species. Here is the full list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Red-necked Grebe
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Spotted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Eastern Kingbird

Warbling Vireo
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
European Starling
Gray Catbird
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Yellow Warbler
Northern Cardinal

And here are some photos from the walk: