Field Report: Sam Smith Park, November 16th

by Fiona Reid – President
Long-tailed Duck (Fiona Reid_
Long-tailed Duck (Fiona Reid_

Our party of two had a great outing to this urban park. It is closer than Leslie Street Spit, with a lot less walking and some really good wetland and lakeshore habitats. Our first bird of interest was a Gray Catbird near a small pond. On the pond shore we also saw a young Black-crowned Night Heron and some Shoveler and Gadwall. Up ahead a Hooded Merganser caught our eye. On the lake were many ducks and grebes, and we had excellent views of a nice male Harlequin Duck! On our way back we saw many signs of Beaver (we had already seen a Muskrat swimming) and then we saw a Northern Mockingbird that has been residing in the area for some time, according to local birders. I hope we can return with more club members in future.

Our species list for the day is below:

  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Blue Jay
  • American Black Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Gadwall
  • Harlequin Duck
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Mallard
  • Mute Swan
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Redhead
  • Horned Grebe
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Tree Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch
  • American Robin
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Red-tailed Hawk (on way back)

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