Monday, July 30, 2007

Summer Series - Trip #6 report for July 28th

Montreal: The rain held off and 17 birders enjoyed a long morning walk through the trails of the Ile de la Visitation Nature Park. Overcast skies kept the heat down some and breezes off the Riviere des Prairies made for overall quite pleasant conditions.

The bird of the day was certainly a sighting of a Peregrine Falcon perched near the Hydro Dam just west of the Pie IX bridge. Everyone enjoyed seeing young cedar waxwings being fed by their parents, as well as a spotting of a Baltimore Oriole and some very close-up views of Black-crowned Night Herons.

Surprising in their absence were swallows and warblers of any species.We did finish the morning with a total of 32 species. Here they are.

Wood Duck, Am. Black Duck, Mallard, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Peregrine Falcon, Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, Am. Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Am. Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, Am. Goldfinch, House Sparrow


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