Winter Storm Continues and White-winged Scoters/ Humber Bay: February 13, 2019

Lots of snow falling when I first arrived here but, by the end the skies were clearing.

Some views after the snow stopped falling:

This morning’s group:

Several people come regularly here to feed the birds:

I brought some seed myself and took a few “selfies”:

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Other birds attracted by the feed:

Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (male) with Chickadee
Northern Cardinal (male) with House Sparrows
Rock Pigeons

Phragmites, which is said to originate in the Middle East, must be feeling chilly today:

Phragmites (Phragmites australis)

This juvenile Great Black-backed Gull is carrying a fish:

Great Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (juvenile)

This has been a good winter for White-winged Scoter sightings:

White-winged Scoter (male)
White-winged Scoter (male)
White-winged Scoter (female)
White-winged Scoter (male)
White-winged Scoter (male)
White-winged Scoters with Long-tailed Ducks

Other ducks:

Gadwall (female)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Greater Scaup (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)

Species list: mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, bufflehead, greater scaup, long-tailed duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, great black-backed gull,  ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, black-capped chickadee, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal,  song sparrow.  (19 species)

COMING UP: February 17 in Friends of Miles: Some Birds from Algonquin Park: Ian Valentine

February 20 in Articles: Sycamore Maple


Oh, what a goodly and a glorious show;
The stately trees have decked themselves with white,
And stand transfigured in a robe of light;
Wearing for each lost leaf a flake of snow.    – Richard Wilton (1827–1902)

Miles Hearn

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