Gadwall at Humber Bay: October 27, 2020

75 years ago, the Gadwall was very rare in Ontario as it is essentially a prairie duck.

Gadwall

These days, they can be seen in many Toronto waterfront locations during the colder months.

Gadwall

The origin of the name is not known though it has been in use since 1666.

Gadwall
Gadwall (female)
Gadwall (male)
Gadwall (male)
Gadwall (female)

During the morning walk today it was overcast and a chilly wind was blowing near the lake.

Morning group:

By the afternoon, the wind had calmed but steady rain accompanied us for much of the walk.

Afternoon group:

Park views:

Oak-leaved Goosefoot (Chenopodium glaucum)

Other birds:

Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Ring-billed Gull
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker (male)
American Robin in Autumn Olive
European Starlings
European Starlings
European Starlings
European Starling
Red-breasted Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Duck (male)
Swainson’s Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Mallards
Mallards
Buffleheads
Bufflehead (male)
American Wigeons
American Wigeons

Species list: red-necked grebe, great blue heron, double-crested cormorant, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, bufflehead, wood duck, American wigeon, red-breasted merganser, hooded merganser, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, mourning dove, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglet, American robin, Swainson’s thrush, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, field sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow.  (31 species)

NATURE POETRY

A birdnote sounding here and there,
A bloom, where leaves are brown and sober,
Warm noons, and nights with frosty air,
And loaded wagons say, October.     – Thomas Stephens Collier (1842–93) 

Miles Hearn

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