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March 26th 2022 Bird Walk

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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:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Sandhill Crane
Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Black-capped Chickadee
Tree Swallow
European Starling
American Robin
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Northern Cardinal

Here are some photos of the birds seen on the walk:


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