Several Spring Migrant Bird Species are Back at Humber Bay / March 10, 2020

It has been since about the month of July that I have heard so much bird song. Red-necked Grebes were singing their crazy songs and Long-tailed Ducks were sounding their owl-omelet’s.

Both of these species can be found at Humber Bay in the winter but several of the singing species this morning (raining and 10 degrees) have just returned from months further south.

I’ve been hearing Red-winged Blackbirds for several weeks but this morning I heard my first Song Sparrows and Grackles in song.

Robins and Mockingbirds can be found in Toronto in winter but rarely sing. This morning both species were singing lustily.

Due to the constant rain and my current fear of damaging my camera, I show photos here from previous walks.

Species list:  red-necked grebe, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall,  bufflehead, common goldeneye, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, herring gull, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, rock pigeon, blue jay, northern mockingbird, American robin, European starling, house sparrow,red-winged blackbird, common grackle, northern cardinal, song sparrow.  (22 species)

Red-necked Grebe
Canada Goose
Bufflehead (male)
Common Merganser (female)
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
American Robin
Common Grackle
Northern cardinal (male)
Song Sparrow

I did take a few photos in the rain:

This morning’s group:


March hack ham comes in like a lion,
goes out like a lamb.                               – John Ray (1627–1705)

Miles Hearn

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