As we readjust from the Covid lockdown, we ended up having a second March Bird Walk this year. This one was lead by Marc Litchtenberg on March 26th, at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. This was our first walk in over 2 years with no preregistration, and the turnout was huge despite the cold drizzle.
With such a large group, we weren’t going to sneak up on anything, but many pairs of eyes helped spot a nice variety of birds. We have recorded nearly 200 different bird species on our walks over the past 25 years, so it isn’t very often that we can add a new species to the list. We managed it on this walk with 2 Sandhill Cranes flying high overhead! Other birds of note were a few early Tree Swallows and an early Eastern Towhee. We found both Greater and Lesser Scaup as well as three species of grebe. We also were able to observe courtship displays of both Common Goldeneyes and Red-necked Grebes.
By the end of the walk, we were abel to tally 37 species. Here is the full list: