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October 2019 Bird Walk

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Ross Harris lead our October 5th walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. It was a cool day with strong southeasterly winds. The wind made it very challenging to see birds in the trees and bushes. While this would normally have been a good time to search the bushes on the landfill area, we didn’t think we would find anything in that wind, so we headed inland looking for sheltered areas that might harbour some late warblers. We found a scattering of migrants but never came across any significant flock.

A highlight was an Eastern Screech Owl, invisible from all but one angle. (Thank you Stephan ... and the chickadees!) In the end, our group of 24 people found 34 species of birds. That didn’t come easily, as most birds weren’t very plentiful or cooperative.

Here’s the full list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Eastern Screech-Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Winter Wren
American Robin
House Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Northern Cardinal

Here are a few photos from the walk:


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