Saturday, November 10, 2007

Bird Protection Quebec's Field Trip Report - November 10, 2007

20 birders participated in this morning's field trip to the Morgan Arboretum in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue led by Betsy McFarlane. Although the temperature started off slightly below zero, the bright sunshine and the lack of any significant wind made for a very pleasant morning's walk. Lots of people in the Arboretum, with lots of dogs, but most memorable was the Pug dressed in camouflage clothing!!

Most of the birds seen were found around the feeders near the parking lot and in the evergreen forests throughout the site. Everyone was pleased with a few fleeting glimpses of Pine Grosbeaks as well as a few Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Brown Creeper. Our total species count for the day reached 27, with Tom and Sharon spotting a flock of Snow Buntings just as they were leaving the Arboretum grounds near the main road.

Here is our species list for the day. Canada Goose, Mallard, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Sparrow species (probably Am. Tree), Dark-eyed Junco, Snow Bunting, Northern Cardinal, Pine Grosbeak, House Finch, Am. Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

Thank you to Betsy for her guidance and keen ears this morning.


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