Horned Grebes at Humber Bay / April 10, 2019

After yesterday’s post boasting of 100’s of Golden-crowned Kinglets at Ashbridge’s Bay, I received several e-mails from people who went there this morning and didn’t find a single kinglet. My apologies. It seems that dozens of them had flown to Humber Bay to enrich this morning’s walk. 

Golden-crowned Kinglet

In addition we had several Horned Grebes who are on there way from the south-eastern United States Atlantic coast to north-western Canada and Alaska to breed.

Horned Grebes
Horned Grebe
Horned Grebes

Just as yesterday, there were many Brown Creepers:

Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper

Species list: horned grebe, red-necked grebe, double-crested cormorant, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, long-tailed duck, common goldeneye, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, common merganser, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, northern flicker, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, winter wren, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, song sparrow.  (29 species)

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
European Starlings
Mute Swan
Common Goldeneye (male)
Red-breasted Mergansers
Mourning Dove
Double-crested Cormorants
American Goldfinch (male)
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Common Grackle

Some views of the park:

Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Today’s group:


Oh, how fresh the wind is blowing!
See! The sky is bright an clear,
Oh, how green the grass is growing!
April! April! Are you here?         – Dora R. Goodale (1866–1953)

Miles Hearn

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