We held our November 2022 Bird Walk in Mimico, starting at Amos Waites Park and walking over to Mimico Creek. Between Covid-19 shutdowns and the closure of Humber Bay Park East, this was the first walk we have held in the area since February 2020! This area can be filled with waterfowl in midwinter, but we were concerned that mid-November would be too early. Our fears were well founded as we walked to the lake and found it virtually deserted!
Things improved slightly as we made our way east, but very few winter waterfowl were found. Along with a small flock of Long-tailed Ducks and Red-breasted Mergansers, we found a single Goldeneye and a single Redhead. The biggest surprise was finding 7 Killdeer in Mimico Creek. Killdeer are common summer residents, but finding one, let alone 7, in November is unusual.
Remarkably for the conditions, we tallied 24 species by the end of the walk. This was even more surprising considering some of the common species we didn’t find, including Canada Goose.
Here’s our full list of species: