Believe it or not, mid-November can be an interesting time of year for birds! Winter waterfowl and songbirds are arriving in large numbers, and at the same time lingering half-hardy passerines can be found skulking in isolated pockets.
This month we’ll start by taking a walk through Durand Eastman Park. We’ll likely see a mix of common winter passerines like woodpeckers, robins, chickadees, titmice, Cedar Waxwings, finches and cardinals, but with a little luck they’ll be supplemented by something special. While only seen once or twice, Bohemian Waxwing, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill and Pine Grosbeak have all put in appearances in the park during November!
After we’ve worn out our walking legs, we’ll take a quick drive to the Irondequoit Bay Outlet where we should be able to get good looks at several species of waterfowl and gulls. Long-tailed Ducks, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, three mergansers, and other ducks are sometimes joined by loons, scaup, scoters and grebes. The platoons of Ring-billed Gulls are joined by Herring, Bonaparte’s, and Great Black-backed Gulls.
Meeting Place: Meet in the Lake Shore Blvd. parking lot between Zoo Road and Log Cabin Road (Parking Lot D)
Birding Leader: Lynn Bergmeyer (cell – 585-576-0422)
RBA Youth Leader: we need a volunteer!
Photo credit: Cedar Waxwing – Lakeview Church Trail – © Jeanne Verhulst – May 18, 2016