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March 2022 Bird Walk

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Garth Riley lead our March 5th Bird Walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. This was our third, and hopefully last Covid-restricted walk. Once again we had an online reservation system, but increased the participation limit to 30 people. It was windy, and quite icy underfoot in places. With the harbour area mostly ice-covered and a strong east wind, there weren’t a lot of good places for waterfowl to shelter, so their numbers were lower than we might expect at this time of year.

By the end of the walk we managed to find 27 species, plus two different kinds of Mallard hybrid. Here is the full list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Wigeon x Mallard (hybrid)
American Black Duck
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)
Greater Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Long-eared Owl
Downy Woodpecker
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
American Robin
House Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Northern Cardinal

And here are a few photos: