Friday, April 24, 2015

Sightings for Friday April 24

Brigham: 2 Barnacle Geese were still present this morning between 6:15 and 7:15 in a flooded field north of chemin Choinière Brigham, located between the chemin Coveduck and Magenta east.

2 Bernaches nonnettes étaient toujours présentes ce matin entre 6h15 et 7h15 dans un champ inondé au nord du chemin Choinière à Brigham, situé entre les chemin Coveduck et Magenta est. - Monique Berlinguette, Monique Maheu, Jean-Pierre Santerre ++

Thursday’s, birding for beginners: "field trip report"

Thursday’s beginner field trip took place this morning at the Morgan Arboretum and considering the weather, +1C with snow flurries, it was not surprising that only one person turned up. Our one participant who traveled by bus from downtown Montreal arrived in Canada from Singapore last October. The question of the morning was “when do you put away your winter clothes?” I assured her that our summers are hot.

Yellow-bellied sapsuckers were everywhere and we were fortunate to see phoebe and a male wood duck. Everything was new to our participant which made for a pleasant walk. Barbara MacDuff

Thanks to David Mulholland for his help.

Here is our complete list: Canada goose 10, Wood duck 1, Mallard 2, Red-tailed hawk 1. Turkey vulture 1, Ring-billed gull 3, Yellow-bellied sapsucker 6, Pileated woodpecker 2 heard, Eastern phoebe 3, American crow 4, Black-capped chickadee 8, Red-breasted nuthatch 1, White-breasted nuthatch 1, Ruby-crowned kinglet 1. Song sparrow 2, Junco 8, Northern cardinal 1, Common grackle 3

Bernache du Canada 10, Canard branchu 1, Canard colvert 2, Buse à queue rousse 1. Urubu à tête rouge 1, Goéland à bec cerclé 3, Pic maculé 6, Grand pic 2 (entendu), Moucherolle phébi 3, Corneille d'Amérique 4, 8 Mésange à tête noire , Sittelle à poitrine rousse 1, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 1, Roitelet à couronne rubis 1. Bruant chanteur 2, Junco ardoisé 8, Cardinal rouge 1, Quiscale bronzé 3

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip"

Saturday, 25 April – samedi 25 avril
Montr
éal, Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-prairies

MAP / CARTE   https://goo.gl/maps/ETUYl
Guide: Joël Coutu 438-930-5092  e-mail

8:00 a.m. Take Highway 40 East to the exit for Boul. Gouin (Exit 92).
Turn left (west) on Gouin Blvd. and follow it for 1,9 km, looking for the blue signs indicating “Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies.” The parking lot is located at the Pavillon des Marais section of the park, at 12,300 Gouin Blvd. East. Parking: $9.00. Half day.

8 h 00. À partir de l’autoroute 40 est, prendre la sortie pour le boulevard Gouin (sortie 92). Tourner à gauche, direction ouest, sur le boulevard Gouin. Continuer sur Gouin sur une distance de 1,9 km jusqu’au panneau bleu indiquant l’entrée du Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies. Le stationnement est situé au Pavillon des marais, 12 300 boulevard Gouin Est. Frais de stationnement : 9,00 $. Demi-journée.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Birding for Beginners – Sorties ornithologiques pour les débutants

Morgan Arboretum
Thursday, April 23 and 30 – jeudi le 23 et 30 avril
Come learn the basics of bird identification in the field and observe some early migrants.
Venez découvrir les bases de l’identification des oiseaux sur le terrain et observer quelques espèces migratrices
Guide: Barbara MacDuff 514-457-2222  e-mail 
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. From Montreal take Highway 40 west. Take exit 44 (Morgan Blvd.). Turn left on Chemin Ste-Marie. Drive 1.4 km to second stop sign (at Arboretum road). Turn right. Drive 1 km to main parking on left. $5.00 admission charge for non-Arboretum members. Half day.
9 h 00 – 11 h 00. De Montréal, prendre l’autoroute 40 ouest, sortie 44 (boul. Morgan). Tourner à gauche sur le chemin Ste-Marie et continuer sur une distance de 1,4 km jusqu’au second arrêt (rue Arboretum). Tourner à droite et rouler sur une distance de 1 km jusqu’au stationnement principal, situé à gauche. Frais d’entrée: 5,00 $ pour les non-membres. Demi-journée.

Wood Warbler Walks at Summit Woods – Sorties ornithologiques au Boisé Sommet

Tuesday, April 21 and 28 and May 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 7:00 a.m.
Mardi le 21 et 28 avril et tous les mardis de mai
Guide: Jane Cormack 514 578-8249  e-mail 
Meet us at the Summit Circle Lookout. We are an informal group of BPQ members. All are welcome. It’s a perfect start to a spring day.
To reach Summit Circle, head north on Côte-des-Neiges. Turn left onto The Boulevard. Proceed to Ch. Belvedere and turn right. Drive up the steep hill on Ch. Belvedere to Summit Circle.
Vous êtes invités à vous joindre à l’une ou toutes des marches printanières avec un groupe amical des membres du POQ. C’est une belle façon de commencer une journée du printemps. Pour vous rendre au Summit Circle, dirigez vous vers le nord sur Côte-des-Neiges. Tourner à gauche sur le Boulevard. Poursuivre jusqu’au Ch. Belvédère et tourner à droite. Monter la côte abrupte sur le Ch. Belvédère jusqu’à Summit Circle.
These walks are dedicated to Jim Houghton. – Ces sorties sont dédiées à Jim Houghton.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" April 18

Yesterday was our annual field trip to Baie du Febvre and this time we had wonderful weather a bit on the cool side, between 3C and 6C. A group of 20 people showed up and the observation began right there at the beginning of rue Janelle with the star attraction two Eurasian Wigeon in bright plumage, second star two Ross's Goose swimming in the flooded field between Snow Geese.

We would like to welcome two very recent immigrants to Quebec, less than three months, Agata and Quentin Turbanska, very nice people with all lifers, isn't that great.

We proceeded along rue Janelle, the two ponds along the road were ice free but containing only a few ducks. Further north a flock of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks. We addes a few species present on the river. We then proceeded to the other observation sites where we added a few more species ending with 53 species.- Clémence and Jean

160,000 Snow Geese, 2 Ross's Geese, 5,000 Canada Geese, 3 Wood Ducks, 30 Gadwall, 2 Eurasian Wigeon, 30 American Wigeon, 20 American Black Duck, 50 Mallard, 2 Blue-winged Teal, 200 Northern Shoveler, 50 Northern Pintail, 150 Green-winged Teal, 6 Redhead, 200 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Greater Scaup, 4 Buffledhead, 24 Common Goldeneye, 6 Hooded Merganser, 10 Common Merganser, 4 Pied-bill Grebe, 3 Double-crested Cormorant, 5 Turkey Vulture, 4 Northern Harrier, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 3 Red-tailed Hawk, 4 Rough-legged Hawk, 1 American Kestrel, 9 Killdeer, 3 Wilson Snipe, 100 Ring-billed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Mourning Dove, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Blue Jay, 12 American Crow, 200 Horned Lark, 75 Tree Swallow, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 12 American Robin, 12 European Starling, 36 American Tree Sparrow, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 15 Dark-eyed Junco, 35 Song Sparrow, 4 Swamp Sparrow, 70 Snow Bunting, 500 Red-winged Blackbird, 150 Common Grackle, 16 Brown-headed Cowbird

160000 Oie des neiges, 2 Oie de Ross, 5000 Bernache du Canada, 3 Canards branchus, 30 Canard chipeau, 2 Canard siffleur, 30 Canard d'Amérique, 20 Canard noir, 50 Canard colvert, 2 Sarcelle à ailes bleues, 200 Canard souchet, 50 Canard pilet, 150 Sarcelle d'hiver, 6 Fuligule à tête rouge, 200 Canard à collier, Fuligule milouinan, 24 Petit Garrot, 24 Common Garrot, 6 Harle couronné, 10 Grand Harle, 4 Grèbe à bec bigarré, 3 Cormoran à aigrettes, 5 Urubu à tête rouge, 4 Busard Saint-Martin, 1 Épervier brun, 3 Buse à queue rousse, 4 Buse pattue, 1 Crécerelle d'Amérique, 9 Pluvier kildir, 3 Bécassine de Wilson , 100 Goéland à bec cerclé, 3 Goéland marin, 8 Tourterelle triste, 1 Pic mineur, 1 Geai bleu, 12 Corneille d'Amérique, 200 Alouette hausse-col, 75 Hirondelle bicolore, 1 Mésange à tête noire, 1 Roitelet à couronne dorée, 12 Merle d'Amérique, 12 Étourneau sansonnet, 36 Bruant Hudsonien, 1 Bruant familier, 15 Junco ardoisé, 35 Bruant chanteur, 4 Bruant des marais, 70 Bruant des neiges, 500 Carouge à épaulettes, 150 Quiscale bronzé, 16 Vacher à tête brune

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sightings for Thursday April 16

Montréal,Mount Royal Cemetery: I saw a Varied Thrush near the large conifers at the north side entrance, she went back and forth between the trees and the large shrub furthest to the left.

She was quite shy and spent most of the time hiding in conifers.

Photo at the following link: http://www.pbase.com/jsmayer/image/159760554

cimetière Mont-Royal à Montréal, j'ai observé une Grive à collier près des grands conifères du côté de l'entrée Nord, elle faisait l'aller retour entre les arbres et le gros bosquet plus à gauche.
Elle était passablement farouche et passait la plupart de son temps caché dans les conifères.

Photo au lien suivant:
 http://www.pbase.com/jsmayer/image/159760554 - Jean-Sébastien Mayer

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip"

Saturday, 18 April – samedi 18 avril
Baie-du-Febvre


MAP / CARTE https://goo.gl/maps/VTO2X


Latest eBird hotspot sightings

http://ebird.org/ebird/qc/hotspot/L2764781?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec

Guides: Jean Demers and Clémence Soulard e-mail  514-694-8240

8:30 a.m. Meet at the Route Janelle lookout at Baie du Febvre. Two possible driving routes. First route: Take Hwy 30 east to Sorel and then Hwy 132 east to Baie du Febvre. Look for Route Janelle on your left. Alternate route: Take Hwy 20 east to Exit 185 past Drummondville and then Rte 255 north to Hwy 132. Turn left and look for Rue Janelle almost immediately on your right. Allow 90 minutes driving time from Montreal. Looking for waterfowl, hawks, early spring migrants and thousands of migrating Snow Geese. All day.

8 h 30. Rassemblement au poste d’observation (cache) situé le long de la route Janelle, à Baie-du-Febvre. On propose deux trajets. Premier trajet : Prendre l’autoroute 30 en direction est jusqu’à Sorel puis prendre la route 132 en direction est jusqu’à Baie-du-Febvre. Tourner à gauche sur la route Janelle, juste après l’intersection avec la rue principale. Deuxième trajet : Prendre l’autoroute 20 en direction est jusqu’à la sortie 185 située après Drummondville. A partir de cette sortie, prendre la route 255 en direction nord jusqu’à l’intersection avec la route 132. Tourner à gauche sur celle-ci. Immédiatement après, tourner à droite sur la route Janelle. Durée du trajet : 1h30. À la recherche de milliers d’Oies des neiges, d’oiseaux aquatiques, de rapaces et d’autres migrateurs. Toute la journée.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" April 11

20 birders joined for today’s trip to Plaisance National Park.
 
The weather was pretty chilly and windy, but became warmer as we moved through the day. Around midday, in protected areas,  there was even a very nice feeling of warmth and spring. It was at times only…
 
The day started with quite some action over the Outaouais river, as we were gathering for the start of the trip in Grenville.  Several species of waterfowl as well as a Bald Eagle and a Northern Harrier were seen.
 
We then headed to Thurso (western end of Plaisance Park) for a couple of hours, before visiting the Main Presqu’Ile area for end of the morning – late lunch.
 
In Plaisance’s Park, birding was not always easy because of the wind and because most areas, except a few patches on the  Outaouais, were still frozen. Today’s motto became « you can’t imagine how it will be like here in a week… it will be filled with ducks! But now, it is a bit frozen… »
 
That being said, if waterfowl (except Canada geese) were not in huge number, we managed to see 12 species of them, including Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck. Bufflehead and Hooded Merganser.
 
Raptors were also very present today with 9 species observed : Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel and Merlin. Plus Turkey Vulture.
 
Songbirds were not too active today given the cold weather and wind, and singers were rare except for a few courageous Song Sparrows that were claiming their territory.
 
Other noticeable birds observed during the day included a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a Ruffed Grouse and a lonely Red-breasted Nuthatch in a residential area as well a flock of 30+ Snow Bunting flying over the river.
 
Interestingly no Snow Goose was observed DURING the trip today. BUT a pair of birders within the group, tried their best to add the specie to the count given that they saw several hundreds of them before the start of the trip in Southern Ontario … after taking the wrong road after missing the exit to Hawsbury. Unfortunately, the rest of the group took the right exit and missed the geese so we were not able to count those - BPQ rules! :-)
 
Overall 46 species were observed. Birds of the day for the group: Sandhill Cranes as well as Turkey Vultures for their amazing low soaring movements seen at close distance.
 
Details of birds observed can be found in the ebird lists below.
 
Thanks to all who came for this trip. It was fun to bird together!
 
And don’t forget that next week is THE week, and it will take place in Baie-du-Febvre. - 
Frederic Hareau

1800 Canada Goose, 26 American Black Duck, 42 Mallard, 26 Northern Pintail, 14 Ring-necked Duck, 2 Green-winged Teal, 11 Bufflehead, 10 Common Goldeneye, 32 Hooded Merganser, 20 Common Merganser, 1 Ruffed grouse, 3 Great Blue Heron, 22 Turkey Vulture, 5 Northern Harrier, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 2 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Bald Eagle, 3 Red-shouldered Hawk, 6 Red-tailed Hawk, 4 Rough-legged Hawk, 4 Sandhill Crane, 2 Killdeer, 16 Ring-billed Gull, 26 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), 4 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpecker, 5 American Kestrel, 4 Merlin, 1 Eastern phoebe, 6 Blue Jay, 44 American Crow, 2 Common raven, 2 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 Red-breasted nuthatch, 2 White-breasted Nuthatch, 14 American Robin, 16 European Starling, 60 Snow Bunting, 3 American tree sparrow, 11 Song Sparrow, 1 Dark-eyed junco, 36 Red-winged Blackbird, 26 Common Grackle, 1 Brown-headed cowbird, 4 American goldfinch, 3 House sparrow

1800 Bernache du Canada, 26 Canard noir, 42 Canard colvert, 26 Canard pilet, Canard 14 Fuligule à collier, 2 Sarcelle d'hiver, 11 Petit Garrot, 10 Garrot à oeil d'or, 32 Harle couronné, 20 Grand Harle, 1 Gélinotte huppée, 3 Grand héron, 22 Urubu à tête rouge, 5 Busard Saint-Martin, 1 Épervier brun, 2 Épervier de Cooper, 2 Pygargue à tête blanche, 3 Buse à épaulettes, 6 Buse à queue rousse, 4 Buse pattue, 4 Grue du Canada, 2 Pluvier kildir, 16 Goéland à bec cerclé, 26 Pigeon biset, 4 Pic mineur, 2 Pic chevelu, 5 Crécerelle d'Amérique, 4 Faucon émerillon, 1 Moucherolle phébi, 6 Geai bleu, 44 Corneille d'Amérique, 2 Grand corbeau, 2 Mésange à tête noire, 1 sittelle à poitrine rousse, 2 Sittelle à poitrine blanche, 14 Merle d'Amérique, 16 Étourneau sansonnet, 60 Bruant des neiges, 3 Bruant hudsonien, 11 Bruant chanteur, 1 Junco ardoisé, 36 carouge à épaulettes, 26 Quiscale bronzé, 1 Vacher à tête brune, 4 Chardonneret jaune, 3 Moineau domestique

Grenville
 
Plaisance Park – Thurso
http://ebird.org/ebird/qc/hotspot/L1439990
 
Plaisance Park – Presqu’ile
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22802535

Bird Protection Quebec "Monthly Lecture, Meeting"

Ten years of migration monitoring – highlights of MBO’s first decade


Monday, March 2, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Kensington Presbyterian Church, 6225 Godfrey Ave., Montreal, NDG
Monday, January 5 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

McGill Bird Observatory (MBO) was launched as a pilot project in August 2004 by a small team of graduate students from McGill’s Natural Resource Sciences program, assisted by a few BPQ members. Little did anyone realize at the time how successful the program would become. Spring and fall migration monitoring programs have been standardized since 2005, and along the way summer and winter research projects were added and the capacity of the Northern Saw-whet Owl migration program was expanded. Despite open water being limited to small ponds, the site checklist has grown to 209 species; perhaps more impressively, 115 of these have been banded. MBO’s 50,000th bird was banded in October 2014, and the annual average of over 5,000 individuals banded ranks among the top handful of migration monitoring locations in Canada. Along the way, MBO banders have trained hundreds of volunteers, learned new details about countless species, and generated ever more questions to keep us busy well into the future! This presentation will highlight key results from MBO’s new ten-year report, and provide a sneak peek of what lies ahead.

Marcel Gahbauer is one of the co-founders of MBO, and served as the primary bander-in-charge for the first three years (while procrastinating on completion of his PhD at McGill). He has since scaled back on-site activities, but remains heavily involved with data analysis and program guidance as executive director of the Migration Research Foundation (which operates MBO). Outside MBO and MRF, Marcel serves as co-chair of COSEWIC’s Birds Specialist Subcommittee, and is a senior wildlife biologist with Stantec, based in Ottawa.
 
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