Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" - Sunday, November 21

18 birders met this morning for a three hour ramble through the Morgan Arboretum. The temperature started close to zero and didn’t get much warmer, though the sun did decide to shine towards the end of the morning.

Winkling birds out of hiding was seriously hard work today, but by the end we had seen some fifteen species in all as listed below. The Canada Geese, of course, were fly-overs and the Coopers Hawk was a putative Coopers Hawk as it didn’t stay still long enough in its distant tree for a 100% certain identification. This has been an unusually busy year on the West Island for Purple Finches which have been seen in several locations in small groups since the start of the month. Today we had two small groups of five or six each on different feeders and in the bushed around them. Usually House Finches are the predominant species, but not right now (one of our party posted a photo half an hour ago on the BPQ Facebook page). Excellent views of a Pileated Woodpecker were enjoyed. Of the smaller Woodpeckers, Hairies were more in evidence.

On a sadder note, the more northerly of the two McGill farm fields to the east of the arboretum in which Bobolinks have nested in recent years has now been totally occupied by one of the organic farming groups who have now ploughed it from one end to the other. A few years back they only occupied the far end of the field but now it is no longer going to be welcoming to Bobolinks as they have taken over completely.

Canada Goose 71, Cooper's Hawk 1, Downy Woodpecker 5, Hairy Woodpecker 7, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 9, Black-capped Chickadee 25, White-breasted Nuthatch 14, Dark-eyed Junco 9, White-throated Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 2, House Finch 2, Purple Finch 8, American Goldfinch 40

Bernache du Canada 71, Épervier de Cooper 1, Pic mineur 5, Pic chevelu 7, Grand Pic 1, Geai bleu 8, Corneille d'Amérique 9, Mésange à tête noire 25, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 14, Junco ardoisé 9, Bruant à gorge blanche 1, Cardinal rouge 2, Roselin familier 2, Roselin pourpré 8, Chardonneret jaune 40 - Richard Gregson

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sightings for Wednesday November 18

Yesterday and today there was an alcid, possibly two, at the Beauharnois dam. One was a Ist-winter Razorbill (petits pingouins), the other seemingly smaller but given the conditions it was hard to be certain if it was indeed a different bird. It (they) are repeatedly flying in close to the channels after floating down almost out of sight. The viewing is particularly difficult due to the small size of the bird(s), the rapid flight, the constant bouncing around in the rough water and frequent disappearance between the waves, the almost constant diving, the distance involved, the wind, telescope shake, and my tearing eyes! Oh, and the gulls are harassing the birds for food. Besides the alcid(s) there was at least a dozen Common Loons (Plongeons huards) and a Horned Grebe Grèbe esclavon, plus the usual Double-crested cormorant (Cormorans à aigrettes) and Common merganser (Grand Harle). Since it is supposed to rain tomorrow I won't have a chance to get back until Friday at the earliest to check further. Hopefully, the conditions will be better and I can get a photo. - Bob Barnhurst

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" Saturday, November 21

Saturday 21 November – samedi 21 novembre 
GuideRichard Gregson  e-mail
8:00 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. $6.00 admission charge for non-Arboretum-members.($4 for Seniors 65+ and students). Half day.
8 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 : 6,00 $ pour les non-membres. (4$ pour les ainés de 65 ans et plus et les étudiants, $3 pour les enfants de 14 ans et moins). Demi-journée

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sightings for Tuesday November 17

Montréal, Autoroute 13 map/carte: Snowy owl (Harfand des neiges) - Bernard Lavoie
Chateaugauy, Ile Saint-Bernard: 3 Wild turkey (Dindons sauvage) T. Long, S. Veysey
Hungry Bay map/carte
28 species: 4000 Snow Goose, 500 Canada Goose, 11 Greater Scaup, 1 Lesser Scaup, 2 White-winged Scoter, 1 Black Scoter, 25 Common Goldeneye, 3 Common Merganser, 1 Red-throated Loon, 6 Common Loon, 10 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, 2 Ring-billed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Blue Jay, 3 American Crow,  7 Black-capped Chickadee, 2 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Brown Creeper, 9 American Robin, 3 European Starling, 4 American Tree Sparrow, 5 American Goldfinch

28 espèces: 4000 Oie des neiges, 500 Bernaches du Canada, 11 Fuligule milouinan, 1 Petit fuligule, 2 Macreuse brune, 1 Macreuse noire, 25 Garrot à oeil d'or, 3 Grand harle, 1 Plongeon catmarin, 6 Plongeon huard, 10 Grèbe jougris, 1 Cormoran à aigrettes, 2 Goéland à bec cerclé, 8 Goéland argenté, 2 Goéland marin, 1 Pic mineur, 1 Pic chevelu, 1 Pic flamboyant, 1 Grand Pic, 1 Geai bleu, 3 Corneille d'Amérique, 7 Mésange à tête noire, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 2, 1 Grimpereau brun, 9 Merle d'Amérique, 3 Étourneau sansonnet, 4 Bruant Hudsonien, 5 Chardonneret jaune - Patrick Laniel

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" - Sunday, November 15

We had a rare Bird Protection of Quebec, Sunday field trip in eastern Ontario.
Cloudy but a comfortable November morning to have a walk in this provincial park along the Outaouais river (45 minutes from Montreal). After we visited the Lafleche landfill area (exit 58 heading towards Ottawa on the 417) in search for a few rare bird species that were seen in the pass few days ( Pink-footed Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, etc.)
A group of 18 people (even a bird watcher from Germany) joined me on this trip, which is great considering the cool weather, location, time of year and all the events going on in and around Montreal. Also that rare Cave Swallow that all of Quebec's birdwatchers wanted to add on their life list.
A mix of songbirds and waterfowl species were observed in the morning (38 species) & Snow geese and other species in the afternoon (14 species) for a grand total of 44 species for the day. Bird of the morning was no doubt the close views of the adult & immature Bald Eagles. No doubt in the afternoon was the 10,000+ Snow Geese.

Voyageur Park Birds (AM)
Canada Geese (10,000) Gadwall (6) American Wigeon (3) American Black Duck (30) Mallard (24) Ring-necked Duck (100+) Lesser Scaup (60+) Bufflehead (10+) Common Goldeneye (3) (f) Hooded Merganser (60+) Common Merganser (10) Red-breasted Merganser (1) Common Loon (2) Great Blue Heron (2) Bald Eagle (2) Northern Goshawk (1) Rough-legged Hawk (1) Ring-billed Gull (xx)
Herring Gull (x) Great-backed Gull (2) Downy Woodpecker (3) Hairy Woodpecker (2) Pileated Woodpecker (2) Blue Jays (12) American Crow (10) Common raven (1) Black-capped Chickadee (24) Red-breasted Nuthatch (8 White-breasted Nuthatch (2) Brown creeper (1) Golden-crowned Kinglet (1) (m) American Robin (1) Cedar or Bohemian Waxwing species (6) American Tree Sparrow (6) Snow Bunting (150+) Purple Finch (2) Pine Siskin (40+) American Goldfinch (6)

Bernaches du Canada (10 000) Canard chipeau (6) Canard d'Amérique (3) Canard noir (30) Canard colvert (24) Fuligule à collier (100+) Fuligule à tête noire (60+) Petit Garrot (10+) Garrot à oeil d'or (3) (f ) Harle couronné (60+) Grand Harle (10) Harle huppé (1) Plongeon huard (2) Grand héron (2) Pygargue à tête blanche (2) Autour des palombes (1) Buse pattue (1) Goéland à bec cerclé (xx) Goéland argenté (x) Goéland marin (2) Pic mineur (3) Pic chevelu (2) Grand Pic (2) Geai Bleu (12) Corneille d'Amérique (10) Grand Corbeau (1) Mésange à tête noire (24) Sittelle à poitrine rousse (Sittelle à poitrine blanche 8 (2) Grimpereau brun (1) Roitelet à couronne dorée (1) (m) Merle d'Amérique (1) espèces Jaseur d'Amérique ou boréal (6) Bruant Hudsonien (6) Bruant des neiges (150 +) Roselin pourpré (2) Tarin des pins (40+) Chardonneret jaune (6)

Lafleche Landfill (PM)
Greater White-front Goose (1) Snow Goose (10,000+) Canada Goose (12) flyover) Cackling Goose (1) Northern Harrier (1) Rough-legged Hawk (1) (5 total between V & L on 417) Ring-billed Gull (x) Herring Gull (x) Great-backed Gull (x) Rock pigeon (4) Blue Jay (2) American Crow (6) Common Raven (2) Red-winged Blackbird (12)

Oie rieuse (1) Oie des neiges (10.000 +) Bernache du Canada (12) survol) Bernaches de Hutchins (1) Busard Saint-Martin (1) Buse pattue (1) (5 totale entre V & L sur 417) Goéland à bec cerclé (x) Goéland argenté (x) Goéland marin (x) Pigeon biset (4) Geai Bleu (2) Corneille d'Amérique (6) Grand Corbeau (2) Carouge à épaulettes (12)

Love Nature

Joël Coutuu

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sightings for Monday November 16

Ste-Catherine, Récré-O-Parc - map/carte 1 Cave Swallow (Hirondelle à front brun) - Patrick Laniel

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sightings for Sunday November 15

Ste-Catherine, Récré-O-Parc - map/carte
250 Canada Goose, 12 Mallard, 12 Common Merganser, 1 Common Loon, 4 Double-crested Cormorant, 125 Ring-billed Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 22 American Crow, 1 Common Raven, 1 Cave Swallow Seen by many observers. At 15:30 flying over the wooded area that encircles the bay to left of the stairs, 3 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 American Robin - Patrice Franche
1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Hairy Woodpecker - Jean-Francois Piche

250 Bernaches du Canada, 12 canard colvert, 12 Grand Harle, 1 Plongeon huard, 4 Cormoran à aigrettes, 125 Goéland à bec cerclé, 25 Goéland argenté, 12 Goéland marin, 22 Corneille d'Amérique, 1 Grand Corbeau, 1 Hirondelle à front brun Vu par plusieurs observateurs. À 15h30, survolait le boisé qui ceinture la baie à gauche de l'escalier. 3 mésange à tête noire, 1 Merle d'Amérique - Patrice Franche
1 Grand Héron, 1 Pic chevelu - Jean-Francois Piche

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sightings For Saturday November 14

After about 3 hours of searching without success both in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Chambly this morning and early afternoon for one of the Franklin's Gulls seen in the last few days, Darlene and I decided to check out the Ornitho-QC postings for today to see if anyone had come across the birds at any point other than very early this morning. There were no reports however there were two postings, one from Pierre Bannon and one from Samuel Denault.

Both were reporting one, and possibly two, Cave Swallows in the bay at Ste-Catherine, Récré-O-Parc - map/carte. We left St-Jean and upon arriving at the locks at Ste-Catherine, we saw a line-up of about 7 or 8 cars parked along the top of the cliff just past the bridge. We decided to go a little further along the road to a clearing on the right where we could see down into the bay. Darlene almost immediately noticed two swallow-like birds swooping around a bushy clump in the shallow water below. Seeing that they were the only two swallow-like birds visible, we figured it must be them. We returned to where the cars were parked. A birder returning to his car said that definitely the two birds were cave swallows. He suggested following the path off to the left at the bottom of the stairs and that we would eventually run into a large group of birders.

Success...a lifer for both of us! 2 Cave swallows Hirondelle à front brun at the western end of the bay we found a group of about a dozen birders, at water-level, just across from the bushy clump we had seen from above. The two birds were very active and, at times, very close to the shore, offering up great views.

Get them while you can. Who knows if they will stick around and, will they be able to find enough food to survive. If I were them I'd want to be heading off to warmer territory pretty quickly.

Thanks to Pierre and Samuel for tipping off the local birding community to their great discovery. - Sheldon Harvey
Fort Chambly, map/carte: 16 species - 1500 Canada Goose, 3 American Black Duck, 50 Mallard, 10 Common Merganser, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, 20 Bonaparte's Gull, 1 Little Gull, 300 Ring-billed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 4 Rock Pigeon, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 3 Blue Jay, 2 American Crow, 1 Common Raven, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 5 European Starling

16 espèces - 1500 Bernache du Canada, 3 Canard noir, 50 Canard colvert, 10 Grand harle, 1 Cormoran à aigrettes, 20 Mouette de Bonaparte, 1 Mouette pygmée, 300 Goéland à bec cerclé, 1 Goéland argenté, 4 Pigeon biset, 1 Pic mineur, 3 Geai bleu, 2 Corneille d'Amérique, 1 Grand Corbeau, 1 Sittelle à poitrine blanche, 5 Étourneau sansonnet - Pierre Bergeron Raymond Belhumeur
Saint-Jean-sur Richelieu, Halte Cayer map/carte: 23 species - 300 Snow Goose, 1 Ross's Goose, 2000 Canada Goose, 12 American Black Duck, 35 Mallard, 3 Bufflehead, 250 Common Goldeneye, 3 Hooded Merganser, 50 Common Merganser, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, 8 Bonaparte's Gull, 3 Franklin's Gull, 75 Ring-billed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Rock Pigeon, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Blue Jay, 2 American Crow, 3 Black-capped Chickadee, 10 European Starling, 1 American Goldfinch, 2 House Sparrow

23 espèces - 300 Oies des neiges, 1 Oie de Ross, 2000 Bernaches du Canada , 12 Canard noir, 35 Canard colvert, 3 Petit Garrot, 250 Garrots à oeil d'or, 3 Harle couronné, 50 Grand Harle, 1 Cormoran à aigrettes, 8 Mouette de Bonaparte, 3 Mouette deFranklin , 75 Goéland à bec cerclé, 2 Goéland argenté, 1 Goéland marin 4 Pigeon biset, 1 Pic mineur, 2 Geai bleu, 2 Corneille d'Amérique, 3 Mésange à tête noire, 10 Étourneau sansonnet, 1 Chardonneret jaune, 2 Moineau domestique - Pierre Bergeron
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