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November 2019 Bird Walk

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Hugh Currie lead our November 16th walk at Humber Bay Park. It was a very wintery day for mid-November, with much of the snow that had fallen earlier in the week, still on the ground. In a couple of months, we might think that -7C is comfortable, but this early in the season, it’s cold! Despite the wintery weather, there were few winter waterfowl here yet. We made up for the lack of individuals with a nice diversity of species. Notable were a Peregrine Falcon, a flyby Cackling Goose, and a fairly cooperative Fox Sparrow by the parking lot at the end of the walk. We ended with 32 species and one hybrid (a Mallard X Black Duck).

Here’s a full list:

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull

Cooper's Hawk
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Peregrine Falcon
Black-capped Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
American Robin
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal

After a morning like that, we were ready for a hot coffee at Birds & Beans Café!

Here are a few photos of the birds we found:


and on its perch atop a condo tower.


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