Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bird Protection Quebec's Field Trip Report for Saturday May 16th

10 birders participated in today's field trip along the western shore of the Richelieu River. We covered numerous observation points in Saint-Luc, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Sainte-Blaise, St-Paul-de-l'Ile aux Noix and Lacolle. The weather co-operated until just after the noon hour when we decided to stop for lunch. As it looked like the rain would continue, we decided to complete our bird list for the day in Lacolle. We had a total of 51 species, plus 1 unidentified hawk species for the morning.

Here is our list.

6 Canada Goose
6 Mallard
2 Common Goldeneye
1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 American Bittern
3 Great Blue Heron
1 Hawk species
1 Semipalmated Plover
7 Killdeer
1 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Spotted Sandpiper
12 Least Sandpiper
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
36 Ring-billed Gull
4 Common Tern
10 Rock Pigeon
12 Mourning Dove
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 Downy Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker
1 Least Flycatcher
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
2 Eastern Kingbird
1 Blue-headed Vireo
6 Warbling Vireo
1 Philadelphia Vireo
3 Blue Jay
15 American Crow
40 Purple Martin
24 Tree Swallow
1 Cliff Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
4 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
60 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
75 European Starling
8 Yellow Warbler
6 Yellow-rumped Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroat
1 Chipping Sparrow
12 Song Sparrow
5 Swamp Sparrow
10 Northern Cardinal
125 Red-winged Blackbird
75 Common Grackle
6 Brown-headed Cowbird
12 Baltimore Oriole
4 House Finch
18 American Goldfinch
12 House Sparrow

After wrapping up today's field trip along the Richelieu, 4 of us decided to
brave the weather and cross the highway from Lacolle, exploring Roxham and
Fisher Roads in Hemmingford.
We succeeded in getting ourselves quite wet at times, but occasional breaks in
the rain provided opportunities to add some excellent species to the morning's

Here are the 12 species we added:

2 Turkey Vulture
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Common Raven
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 Eastern Bluebird
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 American Redstart
1 Ovenbird
1 Savannah Sparrow
5 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Pine Siskin


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