Sunday, February 8, 2009
We went to Bluffers' Park in Scarborough, yesterday in the hope of seeing the Harlequin that was spotted in the marina.
We had no such luck but we did see many scaup, buffleheads, mallards, gadwalls, mergansers, and goldeneyes. We also saw a 'blond' mallard; something we had seen in Coburg, although that may have been another species.
There were also a ton of gulls. We had such a difficult time trying to figure out what was what. There are so many different gulls, and the juveniles tend to look alike.
We saw an Icelandic Gull, and we think, our first Thayer's Gull. What we didn't see were any songbirds, not even house sparrows, so that was strange. There were a lots of pigeons, however, that kept circling the marina over and over again.
All in all, it was a good birding day.