Most Important Duck Before the 1960’s in Ontario: October 20, 2021

In the 1960’s, the Mallard eclipsed the American Black Duck as the most important “puddle duck” in Ontario. Black Ducks have had to yield first place to the prettier and more trusting Mallards.

After some visits to Col. Sam Smith Park this fall when no American Black Ducks were seen, several were present today.

American Black Duck (male)
American Black Duck (male) with Mallards
American Black Duck (male)
American Black Duck (male) with Mallards
American Black Duck (male)
American Black Duck (female)
American Black Duck (male)

Other birds:

Gadwall (male)
Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)
Gadwall (male)
Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Ring-billed Gull
White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)
Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)
Northern Cardinal (male) and House Sparrows
Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)
White-crowned Sparrow
Mute Swan
Yellow-rumped Warbler
House Sparrow (male)
Canada Goose
Northern Cardinal (male)
White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)
European Starlings
House Finch (male)
Rock Pigeon
House Finches
American Robin
House Finches
Red-necked Grebes
American Goldfinch
Red-winged Blackbird (male) and European Starling
American Goldfinch
Double-crested Cormorant
European Starling
White-crowned Sparrow
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Species list: red-necked grebe, double-crested cormorant, mallard, American Black duck, gadwall, mute swan, ring-billed gull, Cooper’s hawk, rock dove, downy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, ruby-crowned kinglet, European starling, yellow-rumped warbler, house sparrow, northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch, white-crowned sparrow. (23 species)

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.                                           – Emily Brontë (1818–48)

Miles Hearn

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