Monday, June 08, 2009

Bird Protection Quebec's Field Trip Report for Saturday June 6th

Results of the Alfred /Larose Forest field trip in Ontario

14 keen participants identified 70 SPECIES on Saturday from 2h30 pm to 9h30 pm. We birded at the Alfred lagoons and bog, the Larose Forest and points in between. Last year at about the same date we had 60 species.

The day was sunny and warm (26 C) but the high winds shook the scopes and made ear-birding difficult

Our birds of the day were both found in Larose Forest: 3 male CAPE MAY WARBLERS, and about a dozen WHIP-POOR-WILLS heard and/or seen by all.

Photos of participants and of a male and female Whip-Poor-Will can be seen at
this site:

Here is the list of all the other 68 species: 1 SNOW GOOSE, Canada Goose, 2 Wood
Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Black Duck, 100 Mallard, NORTHERN SHOVELLER, 2 Northern Pintail, 1 Green-winged Teal, REDHEAD, 1 Ring-necked Duck, RUDDY DUCK, 2 Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Common Moorhen, AMERICAN COOT (one pair was seen with several newly hatched young that still had reddish waxy tips on down of neck, throat and front of head), Killdeer, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, (a dozen ''peeps'' that could have been Semi-palmated Sandpipers), 1 Wilson's Snipe, 2 very colourful female WILSON'S PHALAROPE (the drab males have been absent recently; they are thought to be busy incubating the eggs nearby), Ring-billed Gull (en route), 4 BLACK TERN, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Alder Flycatcher, 1 Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, COMMON RAVEN, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Veery, American Robin, European Starling, 50 Cedar Waxwing, 1 Nashville Warbler, 1 Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, 3 EASTERN MEADOWLARK, BOBOLINK (lots), Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch and House Sparrow. -
Jacques Bouvier

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