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February 2011 Birdwalk

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Hugh Currie led our birdwalk on February 5th at Humber Bay Park East. With fresh snow and the shoreline vegetation transformed into ice sculptures, it looked very wintery, but it was a mild day with virtually no wind. Despite the bays being filled with ice, there were good numbers of waterfowl close to shore. Passerines were scarce, but we had several great views of a Northern Mockingbird, at one point chasing a Cardinal off his turf. The majority of the thousands of ducks present were Greater Scaup. The male American Goldeneyes were putting on a good show, attempting to impress the females. We also found a couple of surprises: A beautiful male Northern Pintail and a couple of Ruddy Ducks. Here’s a full list of sightings:

Mute Swan
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Northern Cardinal
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Sparrow

Here are some images from the walk:


Maybe the official end of these walks should be Birds and Beans. Stopping in at Amos Waites Park before going for coffee yielded a second year Glaucous Gull, 6 American Wigeon and a Red-tailed Hawk! The white bird in the lower right is the Glaucous Gull. The Ring-billed Gulls in the background give a sense of scale.


American Wigeon:


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