Second Pipit This Week: November 19, 2022

Just a few days ago we saw an American Pipit at Col. Sam Smith Park:

American Pipit

Usually I am happy if I see one Pipit a year. It is almost always in November. The birding gods were with us and both groups today at the Scarborough Bluffs saw a Pipit.

Here is some information about them:

American Pipits nest in tundra in the far North, including grassy meadows and dwarf shrub habitat.

Pipits walk energetically through fields in search of food, strutting quickly forward with jerks of the head, almost chickenlike in their gait.

American Pipits eat mostly insects and their larvae.

Today’s Pipit:

American Pipit
American Pipit
American Pipit
American Pipit
American Pipit
American Pipit
American Pipit

Other birds:

Blue Jay
waiting for a handout
Cedar Waxwing
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Canada Geese
Trumpeter Swan
Rusty Blackbird
Cedar Waxwing
Trumpeter Swan
European Starlings
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Canada Geese
European Starling

Some botany:

Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Bluff area scenes:

Beaver dam
St. Augustine’s Seminary
St. Augustine’s Seminary

8am group:

11:30am group:


Photos of a leucistic Robin spotted in the Don Valley recently – photographer: Barbara Burns


When all aloud the wind do blow,
And coughing drowns the parson’s saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,
And Marian’s nose looks red and raw
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-who! Tu-whit! Tu-who! – a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
– Shakespeare

Miles Hearn

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