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November 2011 Bird Walk

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Garth Riley lead our Bird Walk at Humber Bay Park on November 19th. We had amazing weather for the middle of November, and while our species total for the walk was a bit low, we managed to find some nice birds. We had our first ever European Goldfinch: not officially “listable” because it’s almost certainly an escaped pet, but still an interesting find. Of the native birds, we had nice looks at a couple of female Surf Scoters. A male Pintail was hiding in the creek along with a small flock of Green-winged Teal. Roosting in the trees next to the creek wer two juvenile Black-crowned Night-herons. A few people managed to see a Northern Shrike, although most of the group missed it. Here’s the full species list:

Black-crowned Night Heron
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
American Black Duck
Northern Pintail
Long-tailed Duck
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Shrike
European Starling
Northern Cardinal
American Tree Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Pine Siskin
European Goldfinch

An interesting non-bird sighting was a very late Monarch Butterfly.

After the walk we filled Bird & Beans coffee shop to overflowing. Fortunately, it was warm enough to sit in the sun on the back patio!


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