Humber Bay: April 1, 2014

3 degrees, windy and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: about a dozen male red-breasted mergansers chasing one female, ring-necked-duck, Cooper’s hawk

Ring-necked duck

Ring-necked duck

Botany Notables: European and Asian lilac
Syringa vulgaris (common lilac)

Syringa vulgaris (common lilac)

Species list: red-necked grebe, double-crested cormorant, mute swan, trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard,  American black duck, gadwall, ring-necked duck, greater scaup, common goldeneye, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, white-winged scoter, ruddy duck, hooded merganser, common merganser, red-breasted merganser, Cooper’s hawk, killdeer, great black-backed gull, herring gull, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, American robin, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch, American tree sparrow, song sparrow.  ( 35 species)

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