Humber Pay Park East
15 November 2013
Where the mouth of the Humber River spills into Lake Ontario, a spit of land juts out and it is divided into Humber Bay Park East and Humber Bay Park West. In reality it is the same location, but the bird life can sometimes be quite different from one side to the other. From late fall onwards, it is a great location to view numerous species of waterfowl, often quite close inshore.
Today I observed a couple of Red-necked Grebes Podiceps grisegena, now clad in their relatively muted basic plumage, still occupying the area close to land. It seems to me that this species can be observed for most of the year, and I am given to wondering whether they just move farther out into Lake Ontario as the water closest to land freezes during the winter.
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola is very common at this time of the year and there were many individuals present today.
This female Common Merganser Mergus merganser was swimming out into
Lake Ontario at a leisurely pace
Mute Swans Cygnus olor are a common sight year round.
Ring-billed Gulls Larus delawarensis are still the most common larids and fill the air with their raucous cries. Once on the water they are like jewels in a collection of precious gems.
This handsome male Gadwall Anas Anas strepera was one of several present, hanging out with the local Mallards Anas platyrynchos.
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