Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Châteauguay, area around rue Higgins: 25 species (espèces) including - 3 Tufted titmouse (Mésanges bicolores), Carolina wren (Troglodyte de Caroline), Northern shrike (Pie-grièche grise), Sharp-shinned hawk (Épervier brun), 2 Ravens (Grands Corbeaux), 2 Songsparrows (Bruants chanteurs), Pileated woodpecker (Grand Pic) - Pierre Bannon
Monteal, Ile Notre Dame - chemin des Floralies: Townsend's Solitaire (Solitaire de Townsend) – H.. B. Boivin
Sunday, January 27, 2008
rang des sucreries: 2 Rough-legged hawks (Buse Pattue)
rang de la montée de la Baronie on a lampost off aoutroute 30: Gryfalcon (faucon Gerfaut) - Pierre St-Onge
Verchères, at the end afternoon: 3 Snowy owls (Harfang des neiges) one was beside autoroute 30 exit Calixa-Lavallée, one beside autoroute 30 between the exit for montée de la Baronie & Verchères the other was visable in a tree near Chicoine-Larose - Claudette Archambault
Chemin du Troisième rang: Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges)
Chemin Ste-Marie: Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges) - Georges Lachaîne et Élaine Presseau
rang Ste-Marie: 3 Snowy owls (Harfang des neiges)
rang Ste-Dominique: 1 Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges), Gray partridge (perdrix grises) - Richard Dumoulin
Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Beauharnois canal about 1km from its mouth: King Eider (Eider À tête grise) A. Quenneville
Sherbrooke, Lac des Nations just beside the path: Saw-whet owl (Petite Nyctale) - Serge Beaudette
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Skip to the bottom if you want the "Reader's Digest Abridged Version" of our trip.
Today's field trip to the St-Clet, Ste-Marthe, Ste-Justine area turned out to bevery entertaining for all 19 participants who made the trip west despite aninauspicious beginning as ice fog seemed to be blanketing much of the area. This however only added to the enchantment as many of the trees and bushes were coated in beautifully formed crystals of hoar frost. For many of the veterans of this trip the complete lack of wind was a pleasant surprise and even early morning temperatures of -19C felt "balmy" in comparison with previous years. (By noon the temperature had risen to -9C)
Our first stop on Chemin Ste Julie produced a small group of a dozen horned larks with several Lapland Longspurs mixed in. Exact counts proved elusive as the birds ran between mounds of earth and wisps of fog. A little farther along a suspicious white "blob" on a snow drift turned out to be our first snowy owl of the day. It too looked a little ghost-like as its outline would fade in and out of the mist.
A stop to admire some of Richard Gregson's favourite birds (house sparrows) at a feeder proved fortuitous as a small group of snow buntings descended out of a clear blue sky to sit in a frost covered tree at close range offering everyone great views.
Turning on to Montee Ste-Julie we picked up our second snowy owl of the day on afence post. A bonus was a mixed group of several dozen horned larks and lapland longspurs. A northern shrike was seen by several participants lagging behind. Thank's to Clemence's "eagle-eyes" we then picked up a Cooper's Hawk partially hidden in a poplar tree and just after it flew away a pileated woodpecker made afly-by.
Several more decent sized groups of horned larks, snow buntings and lapland longspurs were seen throughout the morning including a group of 50 of the latterwhich landed temporarily in a small bush for what was an unusual view for manyof the participants. A very distant group of 20 or more corvids (most probably crows although a "croak" was heard at the time) was feeding on what appeared tobe a deer carcass as 5 or 6 of its brethren grazed unconcernedly nearby. A group of 5 coyotes several hundred metres down the road completed this interesting scene.
The last mammal sighting of the day was a small vole seen by most of the trip's participants being recycled into adult male snowy owl at close range. This birdsurely ranks as "bird of the day" even if the trip leader missed it as he"scouted" farther ahead. He'd like to think the other participants were pullinghis leg but there are photographs to prove it.
Our complete list of 20 species was: Cooper's Hawk 1, Rough-legged Hawk 1, Rock Pigeons 200, Mounring Doves 8, Snowy Owls 3, Downy Woodpeckers 3, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Northern Shrike 1, Blue Jays , 3 American Crows 40, Common Raven 1, Horned Larks 100, Black-capped Chickadees 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, European Starlings 60, Lapland Longspurs 70, Snow Buntings 120, American Goldfinches 2, House Sparrows, 125
Many thanks to all who participated in what turned out to be a great morning
Saint-Vallier: Chemin d'Azur
Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse: 3 ième Rang Ouest
Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud: 1 Montée de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, 1 Montée Saint-François - Mario Lavoie
Verchères: beside autoroute 30 exit Calixa-Lavallée - Claudette Archambault
Mont-Saint-Hilaire, la falaise Dieppe: Gyrfalcon (Faucon gerfaut), 30 Ravens (Grands Corbeaux) - Michel Bertrand
Laval, Bois Papineau: Barred owl (Chouette Rayee) north of the train tracks, Merlin (Faucon Emerillon) - Chuck Kling
Tadoussac, Haute-Côte-Nord: American three-toed woodpecker (f) (Pic à dos rayé), 14 Downy woodpecker (Pic mineur), 8 Hairy woodpecker (Pic chevelu),2 Boreal chickadees (Mésange à tête brune), 25 Black-capped chickadees (Mésange à tête noire), 2 Red-breasted nuthatch (Sittelle à poitrine rousse), 30 Common redpolls (Sizerin flammé), Gray jay (Mésangeai du Canada), Raven (Grand corbeau)
By the river: 5000+ Gulls (Goélands) with the majority being Iceland gulls (Goélands Arctiques), then Herring gulls (Goélands argentés), Great black-backed (Goélands marin), Glaucous gulls (Goélands bourgmestres), 100 Greater scaup (Fuligule milouinan), 300 Black ducks (Canard noir), 500 Common goldeneye (Garrot à œil d’or), 350 Barrow’s Goldeneye (Garrot d’Islande), 400 Goldeney sp. (Garrot sp.) 8 Bufflehead (Petit Garrot), 80 Red-breasted merganser (Harle huppé) - Renaud Pintiaux,Véronique Laplante et Piano
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Saint-Pierre de Joliette, at the top of a large Poplar tree at the intersection of rang de la Petite Noraie & du chemin du Village Saint-Pierre nord: (Chouette épervière) Northern hawk owl
Verchères: 3 Snowy owls (Harfangs des neiges)
Boucherville, chemin Anjou: Bohemian waxwings (Jaseurs boréaux) - Michel Bertrand
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Montreal, Botanical Gardens at the feedes by the First Nations Gardens: Carolina wren (troglodyte de Caroline) - J.-S. Guénette
Boucherville, 26 rue Jean-Cadieux at feeders: European goldfinch (Chardonneret élégant) - P. Casavant
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Boucherville, 26 rue Jean-Cadieux at feeders: European goldfinch (Chardonneret élégant) - P. Casavant
Monday, January 21, 2008
Monteal, Ile Notre Dame near the totem pole: Townsend's Solitaire (Solitaire de Townsend) - Gilles Ethier
Sunday, January 20, 2008
rang Ste-Marie: 2 Snowy owls (Harfang des neiges), Gray partridge (Perdrix grises), Snow buntings (Bruants des neiges)
St-Dominique: Northern shrike (Pie-Grièche grise), Rough-legged hawk (Buse pattue) - Lucette d'Amours
Rang St-Jacques: 2 Snowy owls (Harfang des neiges)
Rang St-Jacques & Montée Ouest: Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges)
Saint-Constant, rang Saint-Simon: 35 Horned larks (Alouettes hausse-col) - photo, 300-400 Snow buntings (Bruants des neiges), 1 Lapland longspur (Bruant lapon), 1 Raven (Grand Corbeau), 3 Red-tailed hawks (Buses à queue rousse), perched side by side on the same branch. 3 other Red-tailed hawks (Buses à queue rousse) were along autoroute 30 in this area - Pierre Bannon
Saturday, January 19, 2008
chemin de la Baie: 7 Wild turkeys (Dindons sauvages)
Châteauguay, rue Higgins: Red-bellied woodpecker (Pic à ventre roux), Tufted titmouse (Mésange bicolore) - Pierre Bannon
Varennes, chemin Pointe aux pruches near chemin de la Baronnie: perched in a tree - Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges), Snow buntings (bruants des neiges) – Lorraine Lef
Trois-Rivières, boisé des Forges du St-Maurice: here is a map to where Black-backed woodpecker (pic à dos noir), and an American Three-toed woodpecker (pic à dos rayé) was seen this week http://tinyurl.com/2xyf6r - Jacques Gélinas
Sainte-Marthe, chemin Sainte-Marie & la montée Sainte-Marie in a large Elm: Snowy owl (Harfang des Neiges) - S. Mathieu et G. Éthier
We even finished the morning in flat-out comfort as we were warmly welcomed in to the ground floor reception area of the Biosphere where bathrooms and vending machines with hot coffee awaited us!
Our target bird of the day was the Townsend's Solitaire which has been putting in appearances on Ile Notre-Dame for a few weeks now. Our search, as a group, came up empty but upon returning home and sitting down to write up this report, I was happy to find the following e-mail from Steve Charlton.
"Congratulations, Sheldon - you can now put the Townsend's Solitaire (Solitaire de Townsend) on the trip list! You might use the following words ..after our group moved on, I stayed behind and continued to look for it. I eventually found it not far from where we had been looking as a group.
Actually I flushed it about a third of the distance going from the Concord Bridge to the totem pole, on the left. It flew across the frozen stream and dove into a group of conifers on the other side. The sighting wasn't a particularly rewarding view, but as I had seen the bird before out West, I recognized it. As I was watching for it to re-emerge, Pierre Bannon's group came along and joined in the hunt by walking around the group of trees, catching only fleeting glimpses of the bird for the first 10-15 minutes. I guess the bird decided that it was hassled enough, because it suddenly flew out into fullview and perched on a dead snag. At that point, everyone had about as good a view as was possible in the poor light. I left the group watching the bird and taking pictures, to see if I could find you guys again, but when I got back to the parking lot, mine was the only car left. Anyway you can now add it to the trip list...A few of our group actually decided to return to the area after the formal field trip came to an end. No doubt we'll hear from them later as to whether or not they were successful.As for the rest of our sightings, here is the list.
Mallard, Common Merganser, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull,Rock Pigeon, Downy Woodpecker, American Crow, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, EuropeanStarling, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch and House Sparrow.
Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to Steve for his persistence being rewarded with the Solitaire sighting.
Next week out to the wilds of Ste-Marthe, St. Clet and Ste-Justine. Hope to see you there.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I managed a number of photos, just before the crows got him to move. It didn't go very far... and I found it perched on a snag , in the largest conifer in the G7 sector... the sector that is really like a large plateau, just west of the office I took a good 40 shots from a distance of close to 100 feet. The bird was perched on a snag in that conifer, about 45 feet above the ground... facing the morning sun I spent probably 45 minutes with it ..... and I think that it may still be there now.... the crows have , for the most part, lost interest.... and were returning to harass the owl only from time to time. This is the first time I've had a "Horned " on the property since the 24th of March, 2005 - Chuck Kling
Baie-du-Febvre, chemin Janelle: Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges), Rough-legged hawk (Buse pattue)
Varennes, near autoroute 30 about 3km east of the exit for chemin de la Baronnie: Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges) - Michel Bertrand
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
(Epervier de Cooper), European Goldfinch (Chardonneret Élégant) - Sylvain Sabourin - click photo to enlarge
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Ile des Sœurs: Winter wren (Troglodyte mignon) - photo, Eastern screech owl (Petit-duc maculé) – photo - Pierre Bannon
St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Hungry Bay: 100’s meters along the bicycle path - King eider (Eider à tête grise), Common goldeneye (Garrots à oeil d'or), 6 Wild turkeys (Dindons sauvages), 1 Northern shrike (pie-grièche grise) - Claude Roy
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Hemminford, chemin Murray: Common grackle (quiscale bronzé), Sharp-shinned hawk (épervier brun), 2 Northern shrikes (pie-grièche grise), Merlin (faucon émerillon), American robins (merles d'amérique), Song sparrow (bruant chanteur), Tree sparrow (bruant hudsonien), Northern flicker (pic flamboyant)
chemin Fisher: 27 Wild turkeys (dindons sauvages) - André Provost
St-Barthelemy: Adult and an immature Snowy Owl (Harfang des neiges).... far out in a field along Montee Ouest in St-Barthelemy. I tried to approach a little closer, over hard crusty snow... but broke through into slush and water , several times........ so no go ! - Chuck Kling - www.pbase.com/hootpix
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
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Hungry Bay: (1st winter male) King eider (Eider à tête grise - mâle de 1er hiver) - Don-Jean Léandri - PHOTO
Monteal, Ile Notre Dame: Townsend's Solitaire (Solitaire de Townsend) near the Canada pavillion (pavillon du Canada) - J. Michaud
Côte Sainte-Catherine: Northern pintail, Barrow’s goldeneye, 25+ Common goldeneye, greater scaup, 50+ Common mergansers, 5 Canada geese, Black ducks, Mallards, Gulls – Great black-backed, Herring, ring-billed (Canard pilet, 1 Garrot d'Islande, 25+ Garrot à oeil d'or,1 Fuligule milouinan, 50+ Grand harle, 5 Bernaches du Canada, Canards noir, Canard colvert, Goélands marin, argenté et à bec cerclé) - Gilles Ethier
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
The Big Green Big Year has the acronym BGBY and is therefore pronounced Bigby* ... and it is simply a Big Year in which you only count those species seen within walking or cycling distance of your home or principle place of work. As simple as that, no dashing off to the far corners of the planet burning fossil fuels as you go.
Richard Gregson, Baie d'Urfé, Québec (Bigby coordinator)
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Montreal, Botanical Gardens: 15 species (espèces) including - 30 Common redpolls & 4 Hoary redpolls (Sizerins flammés, et 4 blanchâtre), Carolina wren (troglodyte de Caroline), European goldfinch (Chardonneret élégant), Pine grosbeaks (Durbecs des sapins), Sharp-shinned hawk (épervier brun) - Lucette d'Amours
Rang Saint-Dominique: 17 Gray Partridge (Perdrix grises)
Giroux: 5 Gray Partridge (Perdrix grises), 8 Wild turkeys (Dindons sauvages)
Also seen in the area were at least 400 Snow buntings (Bruants des neige) - Michel Bertrand
montée Baronnie: Snowy Owl (Harfang des neiges)
chemin de la Rivière aux Pins: 3 Red-winged blackbirds (Carouges à épaulettes) - André Provost
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Monteal, Ile Notre Dame: Townsend's Solitaire (Solitaire de Townsend) near the the parking lot of Canada pavillion (pavillon du Canada). A Barred owl (Chouette Rayée) found south of the pavillion - Gilles Papillon
Friday, January 04, 2008
St. Clet: I went out this morning, to the St-Clet area... in extremely windy conditions with much drifting snow on the roads. Finally managed to find a Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges) ... my 6th species of the season. It was an immature or female...impossible to approach... found on the ground in the cornfields, on Chemin Ste-Julie, south side, about half a kilometre, before Montee Ste-Julie. I managed a photo from a distance of about 150 metres. Also found a half dozen Horned lark nearby. Quite a dangerous morning to scan the rooftops of barns, since at one point I almost ended up off the road! - C. Kling www.pbase.com/hootpix
Montreal, Botanical Gardens: Carolina wren (troglodyte de Caroline), 30 Common redpolls & 2 Hoary redpolls (Sizerins flammés, et 2 blanchâtre), 15 Pine grosbeaks (Durbecs des sapins), Cooper’s hawk (Épervier de Cooper), Red & White-breasted nuthatches (Sittelle à poitrine rousse et blanche), European goldfinch (Chardonneret élégant) – Luc Laberge
Thursday, January 03, 2008
St-Valère, rang 10 near Victoriaville: 2 Black-backed woodpeckers (f) (Pic à dos noir) in a wooded area of larches - Claude Roy
Trois-Rivières, at feeders between rues Papineau & Des Bouleaux: Eastern towhee (Tohi à flancs roux) photo- Jacques Gélinas
Boucherville, 26 Jean-Cadieux at feeders: European goldfinch (Chardonneret elegant) - P. Casavant
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
St-Clet: This morning a young, male, Snowy Owl (Harfang des neiges) was on a barn roof ridge along chemin Ste-Julie, northwest of St-Clet. This is the first one I have seen along the road this winter, unlike last winter when there were a number. It does sound like there are a few to be found in the larger area west of St-Clet. There were also 100+ Snow Buntings (Bruants des neiges) and a dozen or so Horned Larks (Alouettes hausse-col) along the road – L. Laviolette
Châteauguay, rue Higgins: 13 species including - Tufted titmouse (mésange bicolore), Red-bellied woodpecker (pic à ventre roux), Coopers hawk (épervier de cooper), American kestrel (crécerelle d'amérique), 9 Common redpoll (sizerin flammé) – Simon Chaloux
rue Flanagan: Coopers hawk (épervier de cooper) came by our feeders twice. The second time it went after a Mourning Dove (tourterelle triste) when it took off from where it was sitting. Don’t know if it got away or not – T. Long