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November 2023 Bird Walk

Garth Riley led our November 4th walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. The early morning rain stopped just before 9:00, making ideal conditions for finding birds. There was lots of activity in the bushes with small flocks of sparrows, kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers found in several places along the way. We spent most of the time along the park shore scanning the lake and the shoreline rocks. Although we failed to find some of the hoped-for species like Snow Buntings and Purple Sandpiper, we found a few Dunlin and a Greater Yellowlegs. We also watched several thousand Red-breasted Mergansers migrating west along the lake.

Most of our winter waterfowl have yet to arrive, but we found a few of our typical winter ducks including Goldeneye, Bufflehead and Long-Tailed Ducks. Despite missing some expected and hoped-for birds, we managed to find a surprisingly high total of 43 species during the walk. Here’s the full list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Green-winged Teal (American)
Greater Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Mourning Dove
Greater Yellowlegs
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull

Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
American Robin
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
Northern Cardinal