Sunday, May 13, 2007

May 12th, Field Trip Report for Parc d'Oka

Yesterday's field trip to Oka Park (Saturday May 12) saw eleven birders enjoying a cool, breezy but sunny day exploring several areas of the park including the woods near the beach area and the trail to the La Grande Baiemarsh.

The woods were very quiet at times and the warblers few and far between but the good company and several interesting sightings certainly made up for the lack of numbers. Other passerine numbers also seemed very low.

Highlight of the day seen by EVERYONE was a hard-earned scarlet tanager singing high in the canopy. The group worked extremely diligently makingsure everyone finally spotted it and had a view through telescopes.

Highlight of the day seen by a SELECT FEW was a BLUE-GRAY GNATCHER near the tower at La Grande Baie. (A first in Quebec for your leader) Highlight of the day seen by a VERY SELECT FEW was a YELLOW-THROTED VIREO also at the tower. Honourable mention goes to a soaring double-crested cormorant giving us beautiful views of this interesting behavior. Our total of 69 species included:

2 Canada Geese, 2 Wood Ducks, 5 Gadwall, 1 American Black Duck, 2 Northern Shovelers, 2 Ring-necked ducks, 1 Pied-billed grebe, 1 Double-crested cormorant, 1 American Bittern, 20+ Great Blue Herons, 5 Turkey Vultures, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 5 Red-tailed hawks1 Virginia Rail, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 1 Wilson's Snipe, 6 Ring-billed gulls, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Rock Pigeon, 1 Mourning Dove, 15 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 5 Northern Flickers, 1 Easterrn Phoebe, 6 Great-crested flycatchers, 1 Eastern Kingbird, 1 YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, 4 Warbling vireos, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 1 Blue Jay, 12 American Crows, 50 Tree Swallows, 40 Bank Swallows, 3 Cliff Swallows, 40 Barn Swallows, 12 Black-capped Chickadees, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 6 Marsh Wrens, 1 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, 1 Veery, 1 Hermit Thrush, 12 American Robins, 1 Gray Catbird, 1 Brown Thrasher, 6 European Starlings, 1 Tenessee Warbler, 1 Northern Parula, 6 Yellow Warblers, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 12 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Black-throated Green Warbler, 1 Pine Warbler, 1 American Redstart, 20 Ovenbirds, 1 Scarlet Tanager, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrows, 3 White-throated Sparrows, 1 Northern Cardinal, 12 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 30 Red-winged Blackbirds, 12 Common Grackles, 6 Brown-headed Cowbirds, 8 Baltimore Orioles, 12 American Goldfinches

Thanks to everyone who participated and I'm glad I passed your impromtu test about ovenbirds!!!


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