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February 2012 Bird Walk

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Andrew Keaveney lead our February 4th bird walk at the Humber Bay Parks. It was mainly overcast, but unseasonably warm, in keeping with this winter’s weird weather. There was also very little wind, which makes waterfowl viewing much easier. The downside of fair weather is that there are less likely to be large concentrations of waterfowl sheltering from the wind. We managed to find 30 bird species including a male Ring-necked Duck in with a large flock of Ruddy Ducks, both Greater and Lesser Scaup, and all three species of Merganser. As on our December walk, land birds were scarce. Here’s our full species list:

Black-crowned Night Heron
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Downey Woodpecker
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Northern Cardinal
American Tree Sparrow
House Finch
House Sparrow

Many participants joined the traditional post-walk warm-up at Birds & Beans even though we didn’t need much warming this time. We have skipped holding January walks for the past several years because the weather tends to be so cold. It wouldn’t have been a concern this year. Who knew? 

As usual, most of the waterfowl stayed well beyond reasonable photo distance, but here are a few photos from the walk:


One of the two immature Black-crowned Night-herons that have been roosting at the mouth of Mimico Creek this winter.


A male Bufflehead (above & below)


male Red-breasted Merganser


a pair of Long-tailed Ducks


a pair of Greater Scaup (above)

This Northern Mockingbird (below) posed for some great views.


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