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March 2012 Bird Walk

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Don Burton lead our Bird Walk on March 10. We have had some wild temperature swings lately, and this day turned out to be a cold one. Fortunately, sunny skies and a light breeze made it feel a bit warmer than the thermometer indicated. While there were no large concentrations of waterfowl, we managed to find a good variety plus a few early migrant songbirds including Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles and a Killdeer. We found three immature Black-crowned Night-herons, suggesting that most, if not all, the ones over-wintering near the mouth of Mimico Creek survived.

We had a large group for a March walk: nearly 30 people, but they were outnumbered by the species seen: 32, plus a hybrid (American Black Duck X Northern Pintail). Here’s the full list:

Black-crowned Night Heron
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
American Black Duck
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Northern Cardinal
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle

Here are some photos of the birds seen plus a glimpse of the Mink that ran along the water’s edge in front of us:


Female Red-breasted Merganser


Two males displaying for a female.


Trying another trick.


Sorry guys, she’s not impressed.


A male American Wigeon (with the white forehead) swims with some Gadwalls.


A Mink dashes along the shore.


This young Black-crowned Night-heron posed patiently on a sunny perch in a pine tree.

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