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October 2022 Bird Walk

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Garth Riley lead our October 15th walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. It was a cool and windy day under a threatening sky. Yellow-rumped Warblers are late migrants, and there were lots of them in the bushes. Despite their abundance, they were still hard to get a look at because they were moving quickly and the bushes all still have leaves. It was nice to have a Peregrine Falcon fly by the parking lot as the walk was starting. Another surprise was a Ruddy Duck in the harbour area.

The threat of rain became reality when we were hit with a downpour at around 10:30. Most people packed it in at that point, but the shower passed quickly and anyone who stayed was rewarded with some nice birds in and around the pond.

Here is he list of sightings for the walk:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Green-winged Teal
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Cooper's Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
Black-capped Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
Northern Cardinal