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September 2016 Bird Walk

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The threatened  and threatening rain held off for our walk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park on September 17th. Inclement weather often makes for good bird activity, but it didn’t work that way on our walk. Warbler and songbirds in general were very scarce. A small flock hiding in a well leafed tree at the beginning of the walk turned out to be a one-off, rather than a sign of things to come. As a last minute stand-in as walk leader, I worried about being able to identify all those “confusing fall warblers”. As luck would have it, I didn’t need to worry.

The September walk has a history of producing a variety of herons, and this year continued that tradition with three species. A Green Heron stood out in the open for great scope views. We also had good looks at the rapidly maturing Red-necked Grebe chicks.

Here’s the full list for our walk:

Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Philadelphia Vireo
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Northern Shoveler
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Ring-billed Gull

And here are a a few photos: