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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.
For Young Birders only.   Interested kids are welcome to join at no cost.

Meeting Place:  Meet in the Lake Shore Blvd. parking lot between Zoo Road and Log Cabin Road (Parking Lot D)

RBA Leader:  Andrea Patterson (cell – 585-490-5361)

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

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