Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bird Protection Quebec's Field Trip Report for Saturday January 24th

Montreal, Bois de Liesse
Click photo to enlarge - panamon_creel

Seven birders braved the cold winds this morning and toured Bois de Liesse Nature Park.Temperatures at the start of our trip hovered around -17C but seemed to fall somewhat through the morning and the breezes picked up considerably from the west. Sunshine in sheltered places was a nice respite from the conditions.

Although the feeders in the park were by no means fully stocked, most of our sightings were at or near them. A notable exception to this would be what was probably our bird of the day - American Robin. A group of 24 were huddled together near the railway overpass and were quite accommodating as they sat fluffed up against the cold and made little attempt to move as we walked by. They were mixed in with a group of starlings who also were not willing to give up their warm spot in the sun.

Our complete list of 18 species included: Rock Pigeons - 30, Mourning Dove - 1, Downy Woodpecker - 2, Hairy Woodpecker - 2, Pileated Woodpecker - 2, American Crow - 50, Black-capped Chickadee - 24, White-breasted Nuthatch - 6, American Robin - 36, European Starling - 100, American Tree Sparrow - 2, Dark-eyed Junco - 12, Northern Cardinal - 6, House Finch - 24, White-winged Crossbill - 1, Pine Siskin - 3, American Goldfinch - 12, House Sparrow - 1

Pigeon biset, Tourterelle triste, Pic mineur, Pic chevelu, Grand pic, Corneille d'Amérique, Mésange à tête noire, Sittelle à poitrine blanche, Merle d'Amérique, Étourneau sansonnet, Bruant hudsonien, Junco ardoisé, Cardinal rouge, Roselin familier, Bec-croisé bifascié, Tarin des pins, Chardonneret jaune, Moineau domestique

Thanks to all who came out for an enjoyable, if cold, morning. A good,old-fashioned January day! - Wayne

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