Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sightings for Sunday April 20

St-Timothée: 2 Greater yellowlegs in a flooded field boardering Boulevard Pie 12

2 Grand Chevalier dans un champ inondé en bordure du Boulevard Pie 12. -Régis Fortin
Pointe Calumet: I finally saw the Townsend's Warbler PHOTO 7:15 to 8:10, with a dozen other observers this morning. It was on the edge of the bike path near the stream. @ N07/13927505782 /

J'ai pu enfin observer la Paruline de Townsend PHOTO 7h15 à 8h10, avec une dizaine d'observateurs ce matin à Pointe Calumet. C'était sur le bord de la piste cyclable près du ruisseau. - Gilles Ethier
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montée Chénier near St-CletVesper Sparrow and a Snowy Owl in the same field. 

montée Chénier près de St-Clet un bruant vespéral et un Harfang des neiges
dans le même champs. - Denis Collins

St-Stanislas de Kostka: A Snowy Owl (harfang des neiges) has visited us for the last 3 days. (April 17-19.  He seems to be watching the geese and gulls on the remaining ice in the lake. We watched him capture a sea gull on Friday. - Rucie O’Hare

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sightings for Saturday April 19

Pointe-Calumet: I was able to see the Townsend's Warbler (Paruline de Townsend) this morning. The bird appeared, but only for a very short period of time before disappearing into the brush.  It appeared about an hour later for a second very short appearance of the morning. Sheldon Harvey
Lachute: 3 Lesser black-backed gulls are in the fields of chemin de Rivière-du-Nord east of civic number 2005

3 Goélands bruns sont présents dans les champ du chemin de la Rivière-du-Nord à Lachute, à l'est du numéro civique 2005 - Sylvie Robert

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sightings for Thursday April17

Pointe-Calumet: I put 3 photos of the Townsends Warbler online, discovered yesterday by Jean-Claude Charbonneau. Note that the bird moves all along 7th Avenue. We saw it near the lake but also closer to 38th ruet. The bird, an adult male, sang once only while I was there. 

J'ai mis 3 photos en ligne de la Paruline de Townsend de Pointe-Calumet découverte hier par Jean-Claude Charbonneau. À noter que l'oiseau se promène tout le long de la 7ième avenue. Nous l'avons vu près du bord du lac mais aussi plus près de la 38ième rue. L'oiseau, un mâle adulte, a chanté à une reprise seulement pendant que j'étais présent. - Samuel Denault 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sightings for Wednesday April 16

Laval: This afternoon, in the cold wind, a trip to Parc des Prairies allowed us to see Cardinals, Crows, Palm warblers, 2 Hermit Thrush and a band of thirty Juncos. There was also a nice group of Ring-billed Gulls on a piece of ice in front of the small islands of iles du Moulin du Crochet.PHOTOS

Cette après-midi, dans le vent froid, une sortie au Parc des Prairies nous permet de voir, des cardinaux et des corneilles, des parulines à couronne rousse, deux grives solitaires et une bande d’une trentaine de juncos. Il y avait aussi un beau groupe de Goélands à bec cerclé sur un morceau de glace devant les petites iles du Moulin du Crochet. PHOTOS - 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bird Protection Quebec " Field Trip Report" Saturday April 12

Baie du Febvre; 11 of us started to look for Geese in the fields at the lookout. A few duck species only and a 50 Canada Geeses barely a few Snow Geeses. The two ponds were still 90% frozen, no ducks. We proceeded north so see the fields, and we were greeted by a good number of Snow Geeses in the flooded fields. We tried to find the Ross Geese, no luck. We saw a great number of Snow Geeses far away in the fields east of our location and all of a sudden, the Geese close to us and all the others just flew away, in 30 seconds no trace of them at all. We found a few species near lake St-Pierre close to the chalets. We then proceeded eastward on the 132 and stoped at a few places to find a few more duck species. So our total for the morning 36 species thanks to our little group's efforts. - Jean Demers

100,000 Snow Geese, possibly more, 2,000 Canada Geese, 4 Gadwall, 7 American Wigeon, 12 American Duck, 10 Mallard, 4 Northern Shoveler, 30 Northern Pintail, 20 Green-winged Teal, 50 Ring-necked Duck, 6 Hooded Merganser, 2 Ruddy Duck, 2 Turkey Vulture, 3 Northern Harrier, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 4 Rough-legged Hawk, 1 Cooper's hawk 12 Killdeer, 20 Ring-billed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Mourning Dove, 1 Snowy Owl, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Blue Jay, 20 American Crow, 4 Common Raven, 1 Horned Lark, 24 Tree Swallow, 3 Black-capped Chickadee, 6 American Robin, 18 European Starling, 12 American Tree Sparrow, 30 Song Sparrow, 50 Red-winged Blackbird, 40 Common Grackle, 12 Brown-headed Cowbird

100 000 oies des neiges, peut-être plus, 2000 Bernaches du Canada, 4 Canard chipeau, 7 Canard d'Amérique, 12 Canard amérique, 10 Canard colvert, 4 Canard souchet, 30 Canard pilet, 20 Sarcelle d'hiver, 50 Fuligule à collier, 6 Harle couronné, 2 Érismature rousse, 2 Urubu à tête rouge, 3 Busard Saint-Martin, 1 Buse à queue rousse, 4 Buse pattue, 1 Épervier de Cooper, 12 Pluvier kildir, 20 Goéland à bec cerclé, 1 Goéland marin, 12 Tourterelle triste, 1 Harfang des neiges, 2 Pic maculé, 1 Pic mineur, 1 Geai bleu, 20 Corneille d'Amérique, 4 Grand Corbeau, 1 Alouette hausse-col, 24 Hirondelle bicolore, 3 Mésange à tête noire, 6 Merle d'Amériquem 18 Étourneau sansonnet, 12 Bruant hudsonien, 30 Bruant chanteur, 50 Carouge à épaulettes, 40 Quiscale bronzé, 12 Vacher à tête brune

Family Trip to see the Snow Geese

Forty participants enjoyed a family trip to Baie Du Febvre to see the Snow geese on April 12th 2014. The snow had melted, the temperature was above freezing and the sky was a beautiful blue. On arrival we thought the fields did contain snow until a cloud of white lifted off the ground and we realized that there were thousands of Snow geese resting in the corn fields. More Snow geese flying against the blue sky were even more beautiful. It was a wonderful day and I believe everyone enjoyed the spectacle.

Thanks to Gay McDougall Gruner, Frederic Hareau and David Mulholland for their help and to our participants who made for an enjoyable trip.

Here is the complete list of birds that we saw. - Barbara MacDuff:

Greater White-fronted goose 1, Snow goose 300,000, Ross' goose 2, Canada goose 50,000, American black duck 7, Mallard 8, Northern pintail 6, Green-winged teal 10, Ring-necked duck 2, Bald eagle 2, Northern harrier 2, Rough-legged hawk 1, Killdeer 4, Ring-billed gull 6, Snowy owl 1, Tree swallow 3. Song sparrow 4. Red-winged blackbird 12, Common grackle 6, Brown-headed cowbird 7

Oie rieuse 1, Oie des neiges 300000, Oie de 2 de Ross, Bernache du Canada 50000, Canard noir 7, Canard colvert 8, Canard pilet 6, Sarcelle d'hiver 10, Fuligule à collier 2. Pygargue à tête blanche 2. Busard Saint-Martin 2, Buse pattue 1, Pluvier kildir 4, Goéland à bec cerclé 6, Harfang des neiges 1, Hirondelle bicolore 3, Bruant chanteur 4, Carouge à épaulettes 12, Quiscale bronzé 6, Vacher à tête brune 7

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sightings for Friday April 11

Chateauguay: I went to check out Ile Saint-Bernard this morning. The trails are a little icy and still have a quite a bit of snow once you get to where it is wooded.  29 species were seen in about 1.5 hours. - Tom LongCanada Goose  100, Mallard  12, Ring-necked Duck  30, Bufflehead  6, Common Goldeneye  10, Northern Harrier  1, American Woodcock  1, Ring-billed Gull  11, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2, Downy Woodpecker  2, Hairy Woodpecker  1, Pileated Woodpecker  1, American Crow  2, Common Raven  1, Tree Swallow  6, Black-capped Chickadee  12, Tufted Titmouse  2, White-breasted Nuthatch  6,  Brown Creeper 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, American Robin 50, European Starling 6, Song Sparrow 26, Dark-eyed Junco 1, Northern Cardinal 4, Red-winged Blackbird 60, Rusty Blackbird 6, Common Grackle 20,  Brown-headed Cowbird 3, American Goldfinch 2
Bernache du Canada 100, Canard colvert 12, Fuligule à collier 30, Petit Garrot 6, Garrot à oeil d'or 10, Busard Saint-Martin 1, Bécasse d'Amérique 1, Goéland à bec cerclé 11, Pigeon biset 2, Pic mineur 2, Pic chevelu 1, Grand pic 1, Corneille d'Amérique 2, Grand Corbeau 1, Hirondelle bicolore 6, Mésange à tête noire 12, Mésange bicolore 2, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 6, Grimpereau brun 1, Roitelet à couronne dorée 2, Merle d'Amérique 50, Étourneau sansonnet 6, Bruant chanteur 26, Junco ardoisé 1, Cardinal rouge 4, Carouge à épaulettes 60, Quiscale rouilleux 6, Quiscale bronze 20, Vacher à tête brune 3, Chardonneret jaune 2

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip"

Saturday April 12 - samedi 12 avril
Leaders: Jean Demers and Clémence Soulard 514-694-8240 e-mail

8:30 AM 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 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.
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