Greater Black-backed Gull by the Lake: March 1, 2022

Because of the number and variety of waterfowl by the Unwin Ave. bridge, I stopped there this morning en route to Ashbridge’s Bay.

Waterfowl at Unwin Ave. bridge

As usual, there were dozens of swans.

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)

I also saw two Greater Black-backed Gulls. A Ring-billed Gull measures about 19 inches while the Greater Black-backed can be more than 30 inches.

Greater Black-backed Gulls
Greater Black-backed Gull
Trumpeter Swan and Greater Black-backed Gull

In addition, I found an American Coot and a Rusty Blackbird.

American Coot
Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird

Birds at Ashbridge’s:

Bufflehead (male)
American Robin
Common Goldeneye (male)
Gadwall (male) and Redhead (male)
Lesser Scaup (male)
Gadwall (male)
Ring-billed Gull
Black-capped Chickadee
Mute Swan
Canada Geese
Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)
Ring-billed Gulls
Long-tailed Ducks
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Herring Gulls (pink legs)
Greater Scaup (male)
hybrid “bib” duck
Great Scaup and Long-tailed Duck (male)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Long-tailed Duck (female)

Today’s group:


Poor robin redbreast,
Look where he comes;
Let him in to feel your fire,
And toss him of your crumbs.       – Christina G. Rossetti (1830–94)

European Robin

Miles Hearn

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