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December 2016 Bird Walk

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Garth Riley lead our December 10th walk at Humber Bay Park. It was a grey, chilly morning with a few flurries, but fortunately, little wind. In a bit of a break from our typical route, we immediately headed west, and spent most of the walk at Humber Bay Park West. It turned out to be a good choice, as we found a nice variety of birds, including a first winter Northern Shrike and a Peregrine Falcon. Another bonus was finding an Iceland Gull. Although they aren’t exactly rare, we had never recorded one on one of our walks, so it was a “write in” on our Bird Checklist. There was a large flock of mainly Greater Scaup far out in the bay, but also a good variety of waterfowl close to the gazebo. Although we missed several common species, we managed to tally 30 species by the end of the walk. Here’s the full list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Redhead
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Cooper's Hawk

Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Iceland Gull (kumlieni)
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Peregrine Falcon
Northern Shrike
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Tree Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

 

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The birds and the bees? Almost: a wasps’ nest attached to a Robin’s nest. It left us wondering if they were both occupied at the same time.

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After a cold walk like this, a large contingent headed over to Birds and Beans to warm up with a Bird Friendly coffee. Many thanks to Birds and Beans for their ongoing sponsorship of these walks!

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