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Here's a list of what we saw on our last walk...
Pelham Bay Park--Hunter Island, Bronx, New York, US
Dec 16, 2021 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 10
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 17
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 85
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 4
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 1 Single bird, ongoing. see digiscoped photo.
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 41
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 19
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 5
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 3
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 1
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 4
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 5 Between Hunter and Twin Island. See photo.
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 12
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 3
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 12
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 9
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 ()