Common Mergansers at Lambton Woods: February 20, 2020

While I occasionally see Common Mergansers in Lake Ontario at this time of year, the red-breasted variety is much more common. However in rivers like the Humber, you are much more likely to see Common Mergansers as we did today on this cloudy, -6 degree morning.

Common Mergansers (male)
Common Merganser (female)
Common Mergansers (male)
Common Merganser (male)
Common Mergansers (female)
Common Merganser (female)

Species list: Canada goose, mallard,  common merganser, common goldeneye,  mourning dove, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, house sparrow, house finch, European starling, northern cardinal,  American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco. (19 species)

Downy Woodpecker (female)
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay
Canada Goose
American Robin with Corktree berries
American Robin with Corktree berries

Some botany:

White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
emerging Skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
Cat-tail (Typha)

Park views:

Yesterday I mentioned that woodland trails can be icy at this time of year. Many were this morning:

Several of the group came equipped with “grippers.”

This morning’s group:


Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again.      – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)

Miles Hearn

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