Scaup, Scoters, Trumpeters, Black-backs and Mergansers / Humber Bay: January 24, 2019

Humber Bay is the best place to see winter ducks, geese, swans and gulls.

Here is today’s group on an overcast, 0 degree and icy morning:

We were rewarded with all three merganser species:

Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Hooded Merganser (female)
Common Merganser (male)

a Goldeneye who let us get very close:

Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)

Two swan species:

Trumpeter Swan
Mute Swan

and the following:

Canada Geese
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Gadwall (male)
Greater Scaup
White-winged Scoter (male)

Some land birds:

House Sparrow (female)
Mourning Doves

and a gull usually found here only in winter:

Great Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull

Species list: trumpeter swan, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, American black duck, redhead, bufflehead, greater scaup, long-tailed duck, common goldeneye, white-winged scoter, hooded merganser, red-breasted merganser, common merganser, great black-backed gull, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, mourning dove, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal.  (24 species)


“Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars.”  

– Victor Hugo (1802–85)

Miles Hearn

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