Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Carolina wren (Troglodyte de Caroline) - Jean-Sébastien Guénette
Cap-d'Espoir, near Pointe du cap - Gyrfalcon (Faucon gerfaut) - Albini Couture
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sherbrooke, lac des Nations: Lesser black-backed gull (Goéland brun), 2 Barrow’s goldeneye (Garrots d'Islande) - Renaud Baeta
Montreal, Henri-Bourassa & Ray-Lawson behind the Tim Horton: Northern mockingbird (Moqueur polyglotte) - André Provost
Montreal Botanical Gardens: European goldfinch (Chardonneret élégant), Cooper’s hawk (Épervier de Cooper) - Régis Fortin
Monday, February 25, 2008
Cheers, A. Plimer
Sunday, February 24, 2008
St-Hugues, Domaine Ramsay: Barred owl (Chouette rayée) - Roger Roy
Bouchervill, Parc des Îles de Boucherville: Great gray owl (Chouette lapone) near the canal between the boat rental and the golf course. Also seen - Saw-whet owl (Petite Nyctale), American kestrel (Crécerelle d'Amérique), Herring gull (Goéland argenté) - Michel Bertrand
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Bird of the day: Northern Shrike, perched at the top of a tree in Pullin's Pasture. (click photo to enlarge - M. Swoboda)
Runner-up bird of the day: Young male Pine Grosbeak, eating underneath the sunflower feeder at the Conservation Centre. Noteworthy because it was the first time any of us had seen this species at a feeder. It was very tame (a characteristic of this species, I believe) and we were able to watch it from a short distance away. A beautiful peachy colour. We looked for a band, thinking it may have been the bird Le Nichoir had released, but it didn't have one.
Species: Downy Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 5 *(one male was banded), Pileated Woodpecker 2Northern Shrike 1, American Crow 20, Common Raven 1, Black-capped Chickadee 30,White-breasted Nuthatch 6, Bohemian Waxwing 1, Waxwing sp. 3, Northern Carninal 2, Pine Grosbeak 4, Common Redpoll 3, American Goldfinch 2
Montreal, parc nature du Bois-de-Liesse: Eastern screech owl (Petit duc maculé) bois francs sector in the direction of boul. Hyman - Michel Juteau - click photo to enlarge
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Carolina wren (Troglodyte de Caroline), European goldfinch (Chardonneret élégant), Hoary redpoll (Sizerin blanchâtre), Common redpoll (Sizerins flammés), 2 American robins (Merles d'Amérique) etc.
Laval, Bois Papineau: in it’s hole behind the police station - Eastern screech owl (Petit-duc maculé) dans son trou habituel, derrière le poste de police. Great horned owl on it’s nest (Grand-duc d'Amérique) sur son nid. Not far from the feeders - Barred owl (Chouette rayée), Common redpolls (Sizerins flammés), American tree sparrows (Bruants hudsoniens), House finch (Roselins familiers), 4 Pileated woodpeckers (Grands Pics) etc. - Michel Bertrand
Verdun, rue Leclair at the lookout: Lesser black-backed gull (2nd winter) (Goéland brun 2ème Hiver) - Diane DemersSte-Anne-de-Bellevue, on the open water west of the rail bridge: 2 Common loons (Plongeons huards) – R. Gregson
Pointe du Lac: Northern hawk owl (Chouette épervière)
Ste-Foy, south east corner of autoroute 40 (Charest) & 540 (Duplessis): Great horned owl (Grand-Duc d'Amérique) - Stéphane Blais
Hudson: Great gray owl (Chouette lapone)
I played a hunch this afternoon after reading the report about a great gray owl at Parc Les Iles de Boucherville and decided to see if any were around my favourite spot for this species west of Finnegan's Market in Hudson. I should probably buy a lotto ticket tonight because I found two within 5 minutes of starting out. This was at 1:30 p.m. in bright sunlight so I may try again later, nearer dusk, to see if there is more activity. My past experience with these birds has been that they are much more active on cloudy overcast days and tend to stick closer to cover on bright days like today so finding two in the open was actually a bit of a surprise (although not a great one if they are hungry). Unfortunately I cannot add them to my "growling" (green owling) BGBY listbecause I drove in the car to my starting point! Did manage to add a couple ofravens to that list today however. - W. Grubert
Darlene and I, together with Mary Ellen Graham, decided to explore some of the spots in south-western Quebec this morning, looking for a number of species that had been reported over the last week or so. It turned out to be a very successful day.
Ste-Catherine: 100’s Common Mergansers (Grand harles), Black-backed Gulls(Goéland marin), Mallards (Canard colvert) and Common Goldeneye (Garrots à oeil d'or). Darlene's keen eye scoping the water between the shore and Heron Island found a Barrow's Goldeneye (Garrot d'Islande) in a small group of Commons.
Chateauguay, rue Higgins: in The feeders and trees were alive with activity here. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers wereeverywhere, as well as numerous American Tree Sparrows(Bruants hudsonien), Black-capped Chickadees (Mésanges à tête noire), White-breasted Nuthatch (Sittelle à poitrine blanche) and Common Redpolls (Sizerins flammé). We were rewarded with an excellent view of the Red-bellied Woodpecker (Pic à ventre roux). We hoped to find a Tufted Titmouse (Mésanges bicolore) but were unable to see it, although we did hear it nearby on two different occasions.
Valleyfield, at the end of St-Jean-Baptiste Street: Our next stop was Hungry Bay. The target here was the King Eider (Eider À tête grise) which has been seen in the area off and on for several weeks, including a sighting yesterday by Sylvie Vanier. Upon arriving we met up with Monique from the Chateauguay Birding Club. We could not locate the bird. Monique decided to call Sylvie and check the location with her. She indicated that yesterday's sighting was actually across the canal from Hungry Bay, at the end of St. Jean-Baptiste Street in Valleyfield. We headed there, and although the glare of the sun on the water made viewing a challenge, Monique found one unique bird in the midst of hundreds of Common Mergansers. All four of us agreed that the field marks matched. She had found the King Eider, although we all would have liked to have had a better look.
Saint-Urbain-Premier, close to civic address #9 on Highway 205, south-east of Sainte-Martine: Snowy Owl (Harfang des neiges). Our species count for the day was 25. – S. Harvey
Salaberry de Valleyfield at the end of St. Jean-Baptiste Street : King Eider (Eider À tête grise) Common goldeneye (Garrots à oeil d'or), Common merganser (Grand harle), Red-breasted merganser (Harle huppé) - Sylvie Vanier
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Mirabel, rang Ste-Marie: Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges), many Snow buntings (bruants des neiges) - Georges Néron photos
Chemin Azur: Snowy owl (Harfang des neige), 4 Gray partridge (Perdrix grise)
Montée de la Station: Northern shrike (Pie-grièche grise)
Chemin de Valléville: 35 Snow buntings (Bruant des neiges) - Marguerite Larouche
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Mount-Royal Cemetary: Eastern screech owl (Petit-duc maculé) - Louise Ladouceur-Côté
Montreal Botanical Gardens, at the feeders by the First Nations Garden: Carolina wren (Troglodyte de Caroline), also seen Hoary and many Common redpolls (Sizerin blanchâtre et plusieurs Sizerins flammés), Cedar waxwings (Jaseurs d'Amérique) - Lucette d'Amours
Richelieu river (rivière Richelieu) between Chambly & Noyan winter Duck survey: Canada geese (Bernache du Canada) 2, Mallard (Canard colvert) 1071, Black duck (Canard noir) 175, Mallard X Black hybrid (Hybride colvert X noir) 3, Northern pintail (Canard pilet) 1, Ring-necked duck (Fuligule à collier) 1, Common goldeneye (Garrot à œil d'or) 125, Common merganser (Grand Harle) 541, Hooded merganser (Harle couronné) 26
Noyan region: Bald eagle (Pygargue à tête blanche) (adult), Eastern srceech owl (Petit-duc maculé), Tufted titmouse (Mésange bicolore), 6 Wild turkeys (Dindons sauvages) - Pierre Bannon & Sébastien Rioux
Cap-d'Espoir: King Eider (Eider À tête grise) - A. Couture
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Mirabel: 3 Snowy owls (Harfang des neiges) - rang Ste-Marie, rang St-Dominique, autoroute 50 near rang Ste-Marie.
rang Ste-Marie: Many Snow buntings (bruants des neiges) sear a grain silo - Roger Rousselles
Du rang St-Joseph: 2 Rough-legged hawks (Buses pattues)
route St-Charles & rang St-Henri intersection: Tufted titmouse (Mésange bicolore)
rang Larochelle: 6 Ravens (Grands corbeaux)
Also seen were: 11 Pine siskins (Tarins des pins) & 5 more Tufted titmouse (Mésanges bicolores)
St-Pierre-de-Véronne: Red-tailed hawk (Buse à queue rousse)
Verdun: 2 Ravens (Grands corbeaux) - Diane Demers
The following is the complete list: Great-blacked backed gull 3, Mourning dove 12, Downy woodpecker 2, Hairy woodpecker 3, Blue jay 10, American crow 12, Black-capped chickadee 20, Red-breasted nuthatch 1, White-breasted nuthatch 6, American robin 1. Bohemian waxwing 10, Northern cardinal 6, Pine grosbeak 7, Common redpoll 40, American goldfinch 2, House sparrow 2
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Saint-Hyacinthe, autoroute 20 on a lamp post just after the sign Saint-Hyacinthe nest 4 exits: Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges) - Lucie Laperle
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Terrebonne, chemin des Milles Îles between the bridges for rtes 25 & 125 (ponts de la 25 et de la route 125): 100+ Great black-backed gulls (Goélands marin), 100+ Herring gulls (Goélands argenté), xx Ring-billed gulls (Goélands à bec cerclé), 12 Glaucous gulls (Goélands bourgmestre), 1 Lesser black-backed gull (Goéland brun), 1 Iceland gull (Goéland arctique) - Gilles Ethier, Doreen Hugues
Châteauguay, rue Higgins: 5 species of woodpeckers (espèces de pics)- Downy, Hairy, Flicker, Red-bellied & Pileated (mineur, chevelu, flamboyant, à ventre roux et Grand Pic) - Pierre Bannon - photos
Sunday, February 10, 2008
chemin Cité-des-jeunes Northern goshawk (Autour des palombes), Rough-legged hawk (Buse pattue), 2 Red-tailed hawks (Buses à queue rousse)
montée Poirier: Pileated woodpecker (Grand Pic)
chemin Ste-Marie: Snowy owl (Harfang de neiges), American kestrel (Crécerelle d'Amérique)
Ste-chemin St-Guillaume: 1 Red-winged blackbird (Carouge à épaulettes) at a manure pile
chemin Ste-Julie: Snowy owl (Harfang de neiges)
chemin Cité-des-Jeunes near montée Lanthier: Northern shrike (Pie-grièche grise)
also seen: 50 Snow buntings (Bruants des neiges), 8 Horned larks (Alouettes hausse-col) - Don-Jean Léandri
St-Barthélemy, Montée Ouest: 2 Snowy owls (Harfang des neiges) - Richard Prévost - Photo
Châteauguay, rue Higgins: Tufted titmouse (Mésange bicolore), Northern flicker (Pic flamboyant), Song sparrow (Bruant chanteur) - Régis Fortin - click photo to
13 birders participated in today's cloudy and somewhat chillier than anticipated field trip. This was predominantly a driving trip taking us through the towns of Varennes, Vercheres and Boucherville.
There were several highlights throughout the day, including a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk on Montée du Lac in Varennes and a Red-tailed Hawk hanging out with a flock of Rock Pigeons on a Hydro tower on Chemin des Sucreries, seemingly getting along together just fine! A Glaucous Gull was seen by two of our birders along the waterfront in Vercheres.
A stop at Parc de la Frayere in Boucherville offered up a spectacular flock of 10 Pine Grosbeaks, a lifer for two members of the group. A final stop on rue de la Broquerie in Boucherville produced ananticipated European Goldfinch as well as a large flock of CommonRedpolls.
It was difficult to choose a single Bird of the Day, so the tie goes to the Pine Grosbeaks and the European Goldfinch, with honourable mention to the Glaucous Gull and Rough-legged Hawk.
We finished the day with a total of 28 species, slightly better than a two species to one birder ratio; very nice for a winter trip: Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, Snow Bunting, Northern Cardinal, Pine Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, House Sparrow, European Goldfinch.
Thanks to all who turned out for a great day.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Verdun, across form the Douglas Hospital: 1 Bald eagle (juv) (Pyguargue à tête blanche), 1 Barrows goldeneye (Garrot d'Islande), 300+ Common goldeneye (Garrot à oeil d'or), 12 Common mergansers (Grands harle), xx Mallards & Black ducks (Canards colvert et noir), xx Great black-backed & Herring gulls (Goélands marin, argenté) - Gilles Ethier
Verchères: Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges) autoroute 30 east exit Calixa-Lavallée
Varennes, Montée de la Butte aux Renards: Snow buntings (Bruants des neiges), 3 Lapland longspurs (Bruants Lapon), Horned lark (Alouette Hausse-Col)
also seen in the area Sharp-shinned hawk (Épervier brun), Red-tailed hawk (Buse à queue rousse), Rough-legged hawk (Buse pattue), American kestrel (Crécerelle d'Amérique) 19 species (espèces) - Doreen Hughes