Saturday, November 28, 2009

BPQ Field Trip to the Morgan Arboretum- November 28th

Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Morgan Arboretum: 13 birders, 21 species
Bird of the day: Red-tailed Hawk, Bohemian Waxwing

It hovered around 5 or 6 for most of the morning but the intermittent high winds made it much colder at times. Because of the wind, we confined ourselves mostly to the sheltered parts of the Arboteum, and birds were few and far between, except for the feeders on Senneville Road. Rubber boots were de rigueur as we searched the wet coniferous areas for the Black-backed Woodpecker that Sue had spotted earlier this week (no luck) and some fence climbing and ditch jumping also came into play..

The Red-tailed Hawk was seen well by almost everyone, but only David and I heard the lone Bohemian Waxwing. I only had the briefest glance (behind a tree) at the accipiter, which was probably a Goshawk by its size. NO finch species were seen on the trip. Thanks for everyone to coming out on such an initially unpromising day. - Betsy

1,000 Canada Geese
1 Mallard
1 Accipiter sp. (most likely Northern Goshawk)
1 Red-tailed Hawk
30 Ring-billed Gulls (seen at entrance to Arbo while I was leaving)
6 Rock Pigeon
2 Mourning Dove
4 Downy Woodpeckers
2 Hairy Woodpeckers
4 Pileated Woodpeckers
6 Blue Jays
30 Am. Crows
46 Black capped Chickadees
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
8 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 Brown Creeper
20 American Robins
3 European Starling
1 Bohemian Waxwing (heard only)
6 Dark-eyed Junco
4 Northern Cardinal

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