ÎleBizard, Saturday July 12th
Clémence and I, had the pleasure to lead the trip to Île Bizard. Eleven nice birders came, some of them we haven't seen in awhile. We went to the passerelle first because we wanted to be there before the crowd of bikers. On the way we saw our faithful Hummingbird on the dead tree in front of the 4 benches as usual forthe last few years.
On the boardwalk we saw the spring production of chicks, Virginia Rail, Moorhen, Black Tern and Pied-Billed Grebe. One of the highlights of the day was Least Bittern, I think most of us if not all saw it hidden in the reeds.
Another surprise was the Snapping Turtle with all this moss on his back and head. A big surprise (ha,ha) Felix was there and he stayed with the group till the end. The total for the day is 50 birds, the last one was added on the way to the picnic area, a Brown Creeper.
The list: Wood duck, Mallard, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron,Turkey Vulture, Red-shouldered Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin,Virginia Rail, Common Moorhen, Ring-billed Gull, Black Tern, Mourning Dove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern-wood Pewee, Great-Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Whited-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, House Wren, Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch.
Many thanks to everybody who came - Clémence Soulard and Jean Demers