About 500 Geese in the Humber River: Jan. 31, 2023

Until the mid-1960’s we knew Canada geese only as spring and fall migrants. There were few winter records before this. Only one was ever seen on a Christmas Bird Count until the mid ’60’s. By 1976, 1909 were seen on that year’s Christmas Bird Count. (Birds of Ontario)

This morning, at the end of January, about 500 were resting on the Humber River.

Canada Geese and a Goldeneye
Canada Geese

Other birds:

Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)
Common Goldeneye
Mallard (female)
Black-capped Chickadee
Dark-eyed Junco (male)
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Cardinal (female)
Common Goldeneyes
Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Common Goldeneyes
Common Merganser (male)
Mourning Dove
Common Goldeneye (female)
Common Mergansers (female)
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
Hairy Woodpecker (female)

Today’s group:


So fair, so sweet, withal so sensitive,
Would that the little Flowers were born to live,
Conscious of half the pleasure which they give; – Wordsworth

Miles Hearn

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