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October 2018 Bird Walk

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Glenn Coady lead our October 13th walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. It was a cool, blustery day, but turned out to be very good for finding birds. We managed to find 51 species, including 4 “write ins” - species not on our printed checklist, and 8 species of warbler. The star rarity was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, which posed long enough for everyone to get a look. The most unusual sighting was a Le Conte’s Sparrow that only a few people managed to get a glimpse of. Although we couldn’t make a positive identification at the time, it was re-found and positively identified later in the morning.

In between sightings, Glenn provided lots of insight into the back stories of many species seen, and some we missed. His encyclopedic knowledge of the birds of the Toronto area is no coincidence - he really is writing the book!

Here’s the list of species seen on the walk, with the “write ins” in bold:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Greater Yellowlegs
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Common Redpoll
American Goldfinch
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
LeConte's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
American Redstart
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

And here are a few photos from the walk:


Yellow-billed Cuckoo


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