Friday, July 22, 2016

Sightings for Friday July 22

Red-headed Woodpecker / Pic à tête rouge near Ormstown

A lifer for both of us this morning with the Red-headed Woodpecker putting on a great show at the intersection of Highway 138 and rang du 40. I posted some photos on the BPQ Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Bird-Protection-Quebec-104138749621401/  - Sheldon

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sightings for Thursday July 21

Howick:  corner of rang du 40 and route 138 Red-headed Woodpecker

coin du rang du 40 et route 138, Pic à tête rouge - Patrick Laniel

BPQ 2016 Summer Series of Birding Trip #5 - Saturday, July 23

Our destination for the fifth trip of the 2016 Summer Series of Birding field trips this Saturday will be

Parc-nature du Bois-de-l'Île-Bizard

DATE: Saturday, July 23, 2016
TIME: 8:00 AM – Half-day outing
MEETING PLACE: The parking lot at Parc-nature du Bois-de-l'Île-Bizard

GOOGLE MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/JFpO4

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy 40; exit St. Jean Blvd north to Gouin Blvd; left (west) on Gouin to Jacques Bizard Blvd; right (north) on Jacques Bizard Blvd, over bridge toBlvd Chevremont; left (west) on Chevremont to Montée de l'Église; right(north) on de l'Église to Ch. Bord-du-Lac; right (east) on Bord-du-Lac to park entrance, approx. 1 km.

Parking Fee: $9.00.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by e-mail (ve2shw at yahoo.com), or by telephone at 514-637-2141.

Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 Summer Series of Birding - Field Trip #4 Report - Saturday, July 16

8 people participated in Saturday's 4th Summer Series of Birding field trip, this time returning to Pointe-Yamachiche, the spot we had hoped to explore last week only to be rained out.

It was a much more pleasant day with sunshine throughout the morning and warm temperatures. There were some muddy spots along the path, and the sandy beachfront on Lac-St-Pierre did try to swallow up a few of us with spots that resembled and acted almost like quicksand, but we all survived, managing to find a total of 47 species, with the highlights of the morning definitely being 3 Bald Eagles and a Whimbrel that unfortunately made a quick fly-by and landed on the shoreline much to distant for us to get good looks, but the fly-by giving us views of the long curved beak made the identification possible. - Sheldon Harvey

Here is a list of our 47 species for the day: Canada Goose 50, Common Merganser 1, Double-crested Cormorant 2, Great Blue Heron 6, Bald Eagle 3, Spotted Sandpiper 3, Solitary Sandpiper 2, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, Whimbrel 1, Ring-billed Gull 60, Great Black-backed Gull 1, Caspian Tern 1, Common Tern 2, Mourning Dove 3, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Belted Kingfisher 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 1, Merlin 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 2, Least Flycatcher 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Great Crested Flycatcher 2, Warbling Vireo 3, Red-eyed Vireo 6, American Crow 4, Common Raven 1, Tree Swallow 2, Barn Swallow 4, Black-capped Chickadee 6, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, House Wren 1, Veery 2, Hermit Thrush 2, American Robin 6, Gray Catbird 1, European Starling 1, Cedar Waxwing 2, Common Yellowthroat 6, American Redstart 6, Yellow Warbler 12, Song Sparrow 12, Swamp Sparrow 2, Indigo Bunting 2, Red-winged Blackbird 12, Common Grackle 24, American Goldfinch

Bernache du Canada 50, Grand harle 1, Cormoran à aigrettes 2, Grand Héron 6, Pygargue à tête blanche 3, Chevalier grivelé 3, Chevalier solitaire 2, Petit Chevalier 1, Courlis corlieu 1, Goéland à bec cerclé 60, Goéland marin 1, Sterne caspienne  1, Sterne pierregarin 2, Tourterelle triste 3, Colibri à gorge rubis 1, Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique  2, Pic mineur 3, Pic flaboyant 1, Faucon émerillon 1, Pioui de l'Est 2, Moucherolle tchébec 1, Moucherolle phébi 1, Tyran huppé 2, Viréo mélodieux 3, Viréo aux yeux rouges 6, Corneille d'Amérique 4, Grand corbeau 1, Hirondelle bicolore 2, hirondelle rustique 4, Mésange à tête noire 6, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 2, Troglodyte familier 1, Grive fauve 2, Grive solitaire 2, Merle d'Amérique 6, Moqueur chat 1, Étourneau sansonnet 1, Jaseur d'Amérique 2, Paruline masquée 6, Paruline flamboyante 6, Paruline jaune 12, Bruant chanteur 12, Bruant des marais 2, Paserin indigo 2, Carouge à épaulettes 12, Quiscale bronzé 24, Chardonneret jaune



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

BPQ 2016 Summer Series of Birding Trip #3 - Saturday, July 16

With last week's field trip to Pointe-Yamachiche basically rained out, a few people have asked me if we can simply re-schedule it for this coming Saturday as they would really like to explore the area. So, to make things easy, this Saturday's trip will be to the destination planned for last week. There is currently a 30% chance of showers at this point for Saturday, but we should be OK...nothing like last week. So, once again, here are the details. Hope to see you on Saturday.

Our destination for the 4th trip of the 2016 Summer Series of Birding field trips this Saturday will be to “la réserve naturelle de Pointe-Yamachiche” at Yamachiche, on the north shore of Lac St. Pierre, north-east of Montreal, approximately 120 km. from central Montreal.

DATE: Saturday, July 9
TIME: 8:00 AM – Half-day outing
MEETING PLACE: The parking lot at “la réserve naturelle de Pointe-Yamachiche”

GOOGLE MAP:https://goo.gl/maps/sji4Mb1n4N92


DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Montreal, take Autoroute 40 (Trans-Canada) east,(direction Trois-Rivieres) to Exit 180. Just off the exit there is a parking lot on chemin Louis-Gatineau. Parking is free. This will be our meeting point. Calculate approximately a 90-minute drive to the meeting point, particularly if you are coming from the western part of Montreal.

ITINERARY: We will first explore the elevated boardwalk and then follow a trail leading to the waterfront of Lac St-Pierre looking for a mix of songbirds, waterfowl, marsh birds and shorebirds. We may also explore a few local roads outside the reserve that lead to the Lac St-Pierre waterfront.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by e-mail (ve2shw at yahoo.com), or by telephone at 514-637-2141.

Notre destination pour le troisième sortie de l’été 2016 ce samedi est “la réserve naturelle de Pointe-Yamachiche” à Yamachiche, sur la rive nord du Lac St. Pierre, au nord-est de Montréal, environ 120 km du centre de Montréal.

DATE: Samedi 9 juillet
HEURE: 8h00 - demi-journée
LIEU de rencontre : Stationnement a “la réserve naturelle de Pointe-Yamachiche” 


GOOGLE MAP:
https://goo.gl/maps/sji4Mb1n4N92

La Route : De Montréal, prendre Autoroute 40 (Transcanadienne) est,(direction Trois-Rivieres) à sortie 180. Juste à côté de la sortie, il y a un parking sur le chemin Louis-Gatineau. Le stationnement est gratuit. Ce sera notre point de rencontre. Calculer environ 90 minutes de route au point de rencontre, surtout si vous venez de l’ouest de Montréal.

Itinéraire : Nous découvrir tout d’abord la passerelle et puis suivre un sentier menant à bord de l’eau du Lac St-Pierre à la recherche d’un mélange d’oiseaux chanteurs, oiseaux aquatiques, oiseaux de marais et oiseaux de rivage. Nous pouvons également envisager quelques routes locales en dehors de la réserve qui mènent au bord de l’eau de Lac St-Pierre.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à me contacter par courriel (ve2shw at yahoo.com), ou par téléphone au 514-637-2141.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

2016 Summer Series of Birding - Field Trip #3 Report - Saturday, July 9

Hey...what happened to everyone? Seems like this morning's heavy rain discouraged everyone from coming out on the third of our Summer Series birding trips! Today's destination was Pointe-Yamachiche on Lac St-Pierre. Driving through the heavy and consistent downpour on the way to Yamachiche this morning Darlene and I speculated on whether anyone would turn up. Our question was quickly answered as we pulled up to an empty parking lot.

The rain was much too heavy and constant to leave the comfort of the van throughout the morning but, given the fact that we were there, we decided to explore the roads around the region to see what we could find. We drove through Yamachiche, St-Thomas-de-Caxton, then on to Berthierville, Ile-Dupas and St-Ignace de Loyola before calling it a day.

We were able to come up with a total of 20 species. Seems that the rain kept the majority of the birds sheltered as well. Let's hope for better weather next Saturday. - Sheldon Harvey

Here is our list for the morning: Canada Goose 1, Mallard 2, Great Blue Heron 3, Turkey Vulture 3, Ring-billed Gull 60, Rock Pigeon 8, Mourning Dove 6, Eastern Kingbird 1, American Crow 6, Tree Swallow 10, Barn Swallow 1, American Robin 3, European Starling 30, Common Yellowthroat 1, Yellow Warbler 1, Song Sparrow 4, Northern Cardinal 1, Red-winged Blackbird 25, Common Grackle 30, American Goldfinch 10

Bernache du Canada 1, Canard colvert 2, Grand héron 3, Urubu à tête rouge 3, Goéland à bec cerclé 60, Rocher Pigeon 8, Tourterelle triste 6, Tyran tritri 1, Corneille d'Amérique 6, Hirondelle bicolore 10, Hirondelle rustique 1, Merle d'Amérique 3, Étourneau sansonnet 30, Paruline masquée 1, Paruline jaune 1, Bruant chanteur 4, Ccardinal rouge 1, Carouge à épaulettes 25, Quiscale bronzé 30, Chardonneret jaune 10

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

BPQ 2016 Summer Series of Birding Trip #3 - Saturday, July 9

Our destination for the third trip of the 2016 Summer Series of Birding field trips this Saturday will be to “la réserve naturelle de Pointe-Yamachiche” at Yamachiche, on the north shore of Lac St. Pierre, north-east of Montreal, approximately 120 km. from central Montreal.

DATE: Saturday, July 9
TIME: 8:00 AM – Half-day outing
MEETING PLACE: The parking lot at “la réserve naturelle de Pointe-Yamachiche”

GOOGLE MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/sji4Mb1n4N92


DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Montreal, take Autoroute 40 (Trans-Canada) east,(direction Trois-Rivieres) to Exit 180. Just off the exit there is a parking lot on chemin Louis-Gatineau. Parking is free. This will be our meeting point. Calculate approximately a 90-minute drive to the meeting point, particularly if you are coming from the western part of Montreal.

ITINERARY: We will first explore the elevated boardwalk and then follow a trail leading to the waterfront of Lac St-Pierre looking for a mix of songbirds, waterfowl, marsh birds and shorebirds. We may also explore a few local roads outside the reserve that lead to the Lac St-Pierre waterfront.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by e-mail (ve2shw at yahoo.com), or by telephone at 514-637-2141.

Notre destination pour le troisième sortie de l’été 2016 ce samedi est “la réserve naturelle de Pointe-Yamachiche” à Yamachiche, sur la rive nord du Lac St. Pierre, au nord-est de Montréal, environ 120 km du centre de Montréal.

DATE: Samedi 9 juillet
HEURE: 8h00 - demi-journée
LIEU de rencontre : Stationnement a “la réserve naturelle de Pointe-Yamachiche”


GOOGLE MAP:
https://goo.gl/maps/sji4Mb1n4N92

La Route : De Montréal, prendre Autoroute 40 (Transcanadienne) est,(direction Trois-Rivieres) à sortie 180. Juste à côté de la sortie, il y a un parking sur le chemin Louis-Gatineau. Le stationnement est gratuit. Ce sera notre point de rencontre. Calculer environ 90 minutes de route au point de rencontre, surtout si vous venez de l’ouest de Montréal.

Itinéraire : Nous découvrir tout d’abord la passerelle et puis suivre un sentier menant à bord de l’eau du Lac St-Pierre à la recherche d’un mélange d’oiseaux chanteurs, oiseaux aquatiques, oiseaux de marais et oiseaux de rivage. Nous pouvons également envisager quelques routes locales en dehors de la réserve qui mènent au bord de l’eau de Lac St-Pierre.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à me contacter par courriel (ve2shw at yahoo.com), ou par téléphone au 514-637-2141.

Sheldon Harvey

Monday, July 04, 2016

2016 Summer Series of Birding - Field Trip #2 Report - Saturday, July 2

Saturday felt more like a fall trip than a summer trip with the temperature never reaching higher than 18 C, accompanied by strong winds and practically complete cloud coverage throughout the morning. At least we didn't get rained one! 13 people joined in on the outing that started off in Valleyfield looking for the reported Tundra Swan, which we could not find, then on to the Halte des Herons (St-Timothee), St-Etienne-de-Beauharnois and finally to Ste-Martine. St-Etienne, once a very productive birding spot, is almost completely overgrown, with very limited sight lines on to the ponds.

Here is the list of the 43 species seen for the day. The American Bittern was chosen as the Bird of the Day. We were very pleased to see a very healthy population of Tree Swallows throughout the morning at each of our stops. - Sheldon Harvey

Canada Goose 80, Wood Duck 1, Mallard 60, Northern Shoveler 1, Hooded Merganser 1, Pied-billed Grebe 3, Double-crested Cormorant 10, American Bittern 1, Least Bittern 1, Great Blue Heron 6, Great Egret 6, Turkey Vulture 5, Killdeer 2, Spotted Sandpiper 6, Lesser Yellowlegs 2, Ring-billed Gull 600+, Black Tern 2, Common Tern 6, Rock Pigeon 40, Mourning Dove 6, Chimney Swift 4, Northern Flicker 4, Eastern Kingbird 4, Warbling Vireo 1, Blue Jay 1, American Crow 12, Tree Swallow 1000+, Barn Swallow 12, Black-capped Chickadee 1, Marsh Wren 3, American Robin 8, Gray Catbird 1, European Starling 80, Cedar Waxwing 6, Common Yellowthroat 2, Yellow Warbler 6, Savannah Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 20, Swamp Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 1, Red-winged Blackbird 100+, Common Grackle 6, American Goldfinch 6

Bernache du Canada 80, Canard branchu 1, Canard colvert 60, Canard souchet 1, Harle couronné 1, Grèbe à bec bigarré 3, Cormoran à aigrettes 10, Butor d'Amérique 1, Petit Blongios 1, Grand héron 6, Grande aigrette 6, Urubu à tête rouge 5, Pluvier kildir 2, Chevalier grivelé 6, Petit Chevalier 2, Goéland à bec cerclé 600+, Guifette noire 2, Sterne pierregarin 6, Pigeon biset 40, Tourterelle triste 6,Martinet ramoneur 4, Pic flaboyant 4, Tyran tritri 4, Viréo mélodieux 1, Geai Bleu 1, Corneille d'Amérique 12, Hirondelle bicolore 1000+, Hirondelle rustique 12, Mésange à tête noire 1, Troglodyte des marais 3, Merle d'Amérique 8, Moqueur chat 1 , Étourneau sansonnet 80, Jaseur d'Amérique 6, Paruline masquée 2, Paruline jaune 6, Bruant des prés 1, Bruant chantuer 20, Bruant des marais1, Cardinal rougwe 1, Carouge à épaulettes 100+, Quiscale bronzée 6, Chardonneret jaune 6
 
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