Saturday, January 20, 2007

BPQ Field Trip Report - Ile-Ste-Helene - Jan. 20/07

Given the weather forecast for today, I was very pleased to have atotal of 9 birders for today's walk around Parc Jean-Drapeau. Themajority of areas we covered were fairly well sheltered from thewind. There were a few open spots where walking into the wind wasrather unpleasant though. No real "celebrity" species to reporttoday, but Sheila did spot a fox crossing the road close to theHelene de Champlain restaurant.
We ended the morning with a total of 11 species. They were Mallard (Canard colvert), Common Merganser (Grand harle), Ring-billed Gull (Goéland à bec cerclé), Great Black-backed Gull (Goéland marin), Rock Pigeon (pigeon biset), Downy Woodpecker (Pic mineur), American Crow , (Corneilles d'Amérique), Black-capped Chickadee (Mésanges à tête noir), Brown Creeper(Grimpereaux bruns), European Starling (Étourneaux sansonnets), and House Sparrow (Moineaux domestiques). Our Bird of the Day was the Brown Creeper.
They managed to elude usfor most of the morning but finally 6 of them put in a simultaneousappearance in the woods across from the restaurant.In addition to our birds, and the morning exercise of the walk, wemanaged to get a sneak-preview of the Fetes des Neiges event gettingunderway next weekend.Thanks to everyone who turned out this morning.


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