Many thanks to Mike van den Tillaart, an avid birder and member of the York-Simcoe Naturalists, who led a bird tour through the Aurora Community Arboretum on Saturday, October 22nd.
Despite the cold and at times windy weather, we were able to spot 18 different varieties of birds, including a cormorant, red-tailed hawk, and a white-breasted nuthatch. According to our records there are over 60 species of birds that live in or migrate through the Arboretum.
And did you know that different species of birds are known to migrate south together? Turkey vultures have a distinctive “V” pattern with their wings, while hawks wings are spread flatter. Both can soar in the sky almost without effort. Or that a raven has a much more pointed tail than a crow whose tail feathers are squared off.
Lots to learn about our feathered friends in the Arboretum and we plan on having more tours in the spring. Please become a member and/or a volunteer and stay on top of all the exciting things happening in the Aurora Community Arboretum!
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