Our first drop-in bird walk of this term was at Queen Elizabeth Park.
The weather wasn’t looking too hopeful, but the very light rain stopped quite soon, and the skies got brighter as we progressed our walk. We started at the ornamental gardens, then went to the duck pond, after which we returned the gardens through the coniferous forest.
The highlight of today’s walk was the Barred Owl, which we were able to see up close in the forested area. Its presence caused a panic among the smaller birds, including Chickadees, a pair of Nuthatches, and Stellar’s Jays. We also saw a surprising number of Northern Flickers, Anna’s Hummingbirds, and quite a few flocks of American Robins. Towards the end of the walk, we encountered a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers in a deciduous tree. It was a nice mix of females and males still in their breeding plumage.
Our total count was ~20 species– see our eBird list here.
We hope to do weekend trips more frequently this year, so feel free to join us next time!
Featured image: Barred Owl (photo by Louis Almario)