Saturday, May 02, 2009

Bird Protection Quebec's Field Trip Report for Saturday May 2nd

Cooper Marsh
It was a beautiful morning at Cooper Marsh though decidedly cool at amaximum of 14 degrees Celsius. Bright sun gave way to cloud as the morning progressed.

There were 26 birders so we divided into two official groups, and someothers birded on their own. Felix led the other group for which thanks.

It is difficult to choose a Bird of the Day that everybody saw. Felix's group, for example, saw Rusty Blackbirds, which people in my group wanted. My group saw a pair of Eastern Meadowlarks that people in Felix's group wanted. Everybody saw a Black-crowned Night-Heron perched in a snag as the walk began so I would say that this was the Bird of theDay with Honduran Mention (don't you love spell check? That's what I was offered for a mistyped Honourable!) to the other two as well as two late Common Redpolls found in the far southwestern corner of the marsh.

Thanks to everybody who came out to share a great morning - Martin
Here is the species list and count for today's trip to

SPECIES SEEN OR HEARD in Cooper Marsh ~ 54

Double-crested Cormorant 20 Cormoran à aigrettes, Great Blue Heron 2 Grand heron, American bittern Butor d'Amérique, Green Heron 1 Héron vert, Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Bihoreau gris, Canada Goose 30 Bernache du Canada, Wood Duck 1 Canard branchu, Mallard 12 Canard colvert, Osprey Balbuzard pêcheur, Turkey Vulture 3 Urubu à tête rouge, Virginia Rail 4 Râle de Virginie, Common Moorhen 1 Gallinule poule-d'eau, Wilson’s Snipe 12 Bécassine de Wilson, Ring-billed Gull 6 Goéland à bec cerclé, Common Tern 3 Sterne pierregarin, Mourning Dove 4 Tourterelle triste, Belted Kingfisher 1 Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Pic maculé, Downy Woodpecker 6 Pic mineur, Hairy Woodpecker 1 Pic chevelu, Northern Flicker 3 Pic flamboyant, Pileated Woodpecker 2 Grand pic, Eastern Phoebe 4 Moucherolle phébi, Eastern Kingbird 4 Tyran tritri, Tree Swallow 45 Hirondelle bicolore, Barn Swallow 1 Hirondelle rustique, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 Roitelet à couronne rubis, House Wren 1 Troglodyte Familier, Marsh Wren 3 Troglodyte des marais, Gray Catbird 1 Moqueur chat, American Robin 60 Merle d'Amérique, Black-capped Chickadee 5 Mésange à tête noire, White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Sittelle à poitrine blanche, Blue Jay 2 Geai blue, American Crow 6 Corneille d'Amérique, European Starling 18 Étourneau sansonnet, Warbling Vireo 2 Viréo mélodieux, Common Redpoll 2 Sizerin flammé, Pine Siskin 1 Tarin des pins, American Goldfinch 10 Chardonneret jaune, Yellow Warbler 5 Paruline jaune, Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 Paruline à croupion jaune, American tree sparrow 2 Bruant hudsonien, Savannah Sparrow 2 Bruant des prés, Song Sparrow 30 Bruant chanteur, Swamp Sparrow 60 Bruant des marais, White-crowned Sparrow 2 Bruant à couronne blanche, White-throated Sparrow 4 Bruant à gorge blanche, Dark-eyed junco 1 Junco ardoisé, Northern Cardinal 2 Cardinal rouge, Red-winged Blackbird 100 Carouge à épaulettes, Eastern Meadowlark 2 Sturnelle des prés, Rusty Blackbird 12 Quiscale rouilleux, Common Grackle 20 Quiscale bronzé, Brown-headed Cowbird 8 Vacher à tête brune

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