Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saturday bird notes ♩ ♬ ♪

I took a stroll down to harbour this afternoon and turned up a few newcomers - a pair of American Tree Sparrows and a a flock of nine Canada Geese (at least two of which were banded) - click on photo to enlarge.

Of the 450 plus Herring Gulls in town, all but a dozen are mature birds. First, second and third year birds may be wintering further south. Many of the adults are paired up. These two were at the Penn Lake landfill site. Note that the bird in the foreground is banded.

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Here's the tally of birds seen in town:

Canada Goose 9
Mallard 2
Common Goldeneye 1
Wilson's Snipe 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 450
Downy Woodpecker 2
European Starling 19
American Crow 4
Common Raven 42
Black-capped Chickadee 5
American Robin 28
American Tree Sparrow 2

Despite the cool, wet, blustery weather, several American Robins were singing.

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