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November 2021 Bird Walk

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Group-Photo-November

Garth Riley lead our first Bird Walk since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic on November 6th at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. Things were a little different, with masks, preregistration, and a strict limit on the number of participants. All the precautions worked well without being too onerous. The weather was beautiful, which as usual, meant that bird activity was relatively low.

As expected, we found a mix of year-round residents, early winter visitors and lingering summer species that haven’t flown south yet. We spent our time near the waterfront, where we expected to find the greatest variety of both waterfowl and land birds. Birding the wooded areas further north in  the park is still challenging at this time of year, because most of the leaves are still on the trees.

Although the number of birds was low, we still managed to find 33 species plus 2 hybrids. Here is the list:

Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
White-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
American Robin
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
 

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
Mallard
American Wigeon x Mallard (hybrid)
American Black Duck
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron

Here are a few photos from the walk:

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