Saturday, January 12, 2008

Bird Protection Quebec's Field Trip Report - January 12th, 2008

Montreal, Botanical Gardens: Pleasant but windy weather brought out 27 birders to the Montreal Botanical Gardens field trip this morning. An impressive aerial display around the Olympic tower by two Peregrine Falcons (Faucons pèlerin), was an auspicious beginning to the trip. Two interesting sightings were made at the Amerindian pavilion feeder - a Carolina Wren (troglodyte de Caroline), and a very cooperative fox who carried chunks of ham from one side of the path to the other. Unfortunately there were very few birds at the feeders probably due tothe presence of a Merlin (faucon émerillon), who skimmed over our heads on 3 occasions.
We had a total of 18 species. Besides the birds mentioned above, there were: Gull(sp) (Goeland), Rock Pigeons (Pigeon bisset), American crows (Corneille d'Amérique), Pine grosbeaks (Durbecs des sapins), Red & White-breasted nuthatches (Sittelle à poitrine rousse et blanche), Common redpolls (Sizerins flammés), Hairy & Downy woodpeckers ( Pics chevelu et mineur), Black-capped chickadees (Mésanges à tête noire), European starlings (Étourneau sansonnet), House finch (Roselin familier), American goldfinch (Chardonneret jaune) One of our members saw a European Goldfinch (Chardonneret élégant) at a feeder while waiting for others to arrive before the outing started.

Thanks to all participants for an enjoyable trip - Guy Zenaitis

1 comment:

Robert Armstrong said...

The European Goldfinch was back at the feeders near the entrance to the Gardens as I left around 11h30.

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