Friday, January 4, 2019

RESULTS 2018 SAM SMITH CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRIAN KEAVENEY



BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE

FEMALE AND MALE MALLARD

MUTE SWANS AND MALLARDS





MALE RED-BREASTED MERGANSER




FEMALE RED BREASTED MERGANSERS



FEMALE LONG-TAILED DUCK
MALE AND FEMALE GADWALL


2018 Colonel Sam Smith Park Christmas Bird Count

Location: south Etobicoke, at the base of Kipling Ave., adjacent to Humber College South Campus
Date: December 26, 2018, Boxing Day
Weather: High of 3 degrees Celsius, partly cloudy with no snow or precipitation, winds SW 12-20 km/h
No ice on the lake as well as the LSYC basin even around the edges.
This is the second year of the FOSS Christmas Bird Count.
12 count participants found about 800 birds of 46 species.

Bird species seen:
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, American Black Duck x Mallard hybrid, Redhead, Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-necked Grebe, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Eastern Screech-Owl, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, American Kestrel, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Mockingbird, Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, European Starling, American Robin, House Finch, Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Orange-crowned Warbler, Northern Cardinal, House Sparrow

The largest number of birds of the same species were 309 Greater Scaup.
The top 10 birds in order seen at one time:

Greater Scaup (309)
Ring-billed Gull (67)
Common Goldeneye (60)
Mallard (56)
Gadwall (38)
Red-breasted Merganser (35)
Long-tailed Duck (30)
Mute Swan (18)
Canada Goose (17)
Black-capped Chickadee (16)

The notable birds of the day were:
Common Redpoll
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Orange-crowned Warbler
Eastern Screech-Owl
Winter Wren

If you have sightings from December 26th that you did not send in, please send to Brian Keaveney.








LAKESHORE GROUNDS INTERPRETIVE CENTRE UPCOMING EXHIBIT

 






Launch of their first community art exhibit: "In Your Eyes",  a unique view of the Lakeshore Grounds as seen by 18 local artists.  It will introduce you to new ways of seeing and appreciating the space we share!

FOSS BIRD FEEDER PROJECT



Sanja Antic, one of our regular bird feeder volunteers, sent us this photo from this morning. FOSS bird feeders can be viewed at different points around the skating trail. 

Also, don't forget to check out the activity at Bruce Wilkinson's feeder near the turnaround oval at the south parking lot.

Thanks to all our volunteers