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February 2014 Bird Walk

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 Hugh Currie lead our walk on February 8, 2014. It was sunny and calm, but one of our coldest walks, warming up to nearly -10 degrees by the end. It was so cold that much of what is often open water at this time of the year, was frozen over and there was mist coming off the water. Our list of bird species was unusually short: only 18 species, but we had some good sightings, including a Pied-billed Grebe (rare in winter). Another bonus was that many of the waterfowl were much closer to shore than normal, providing excellent views. Here is the complete list:

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Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Redhead
Greater Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull

Following the walk, many participants were happy to head over to Birds & Beans coffee shop for the traditional post-walk warm-up with some bird friendly coffee! 

Here are some photos from the walk:

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The star of the show, a Pied-billed Grebe

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Redhead and Greater Scaup

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White-winged Scoter (adult male)

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Red-breasted Merganser (female)

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Ruddy Duck (female) with a Red-breasted Merganser (male) in the foreground

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White-winged Scoter (female)

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Two White-winged scoters following a female Greater Scaup

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A mixed flock of Redheads and Greater Scaup

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Gadwall (male)

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Red-breasted Merganser (female)

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Long-tailed Duck (male)

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White-winged Scoter (male)

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An unusual “conga line” of Greater Scaup - maybe breaking a trail through the ice?

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[February 2014 Bird Walk]

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