Don Burton Lead another successful Birdwalk at Colonel Samuel Smith Park on September 17. We set out first to look for land birds on the Hospital Grounds, but finding that area completely birdless, we headed back out toward the lake. Shortly after arriving there, we found a Semipalmated Plover on the beach right in front of us. It turned out to be the first of 5 shorebird species for the day. Other highlights included a Great Egret, Pied-billed Grebe, Black-crowned Night Heron and a pair of Kingfishers keeping us company for much of the walk. We ended with 26 species, and it was a bit of an odd list for a September walk: no warblers, flycatchers or vireos, just one sparrow species, and a lone Robin was the only thrush of any kind. On the plus side, we found 3 species of Grebe and 5 species of shorebird.
Here’s the complete list: