Report on BPQ birding trip: Bioblitz at Parc Angrignon
Fourteen people plus the two trip leaders, Nick Acheson and Chris Cloutier, took part in the bird census at Parc Angrignon between 7:30 am and noon on Saturday, May 12. Weather was sunny and cool to mild. We found a total of 43 species. We had a good look at a single Pied-billed Grebe on the long lake, as well as pairs of Canada Geese, Mallards, and American Wigeons. We also saw a perched Sharp-shinned Hawk and a soaring Cooper's Hawk and a Turkey Vulture, as well as two flying Great Blue Herons. Baltimore orioles were singing, and we saw a female in a partly-finished nest. Warbling Vireos and Yellow warblers were abundant and singing. We were a bit surprised to see so few other warblers of only six species, and no thruses except American Robins. Red-winged Blackbirds were abundant and vocal and could be approached closely. The complete list of birds seen (or heard) follows.
American Wigeon 2, Mallard 4, Pied-billed Grebe 1, Great Blue Heron 2, Turkey Vulture 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Ring-billed Gull 12, Rock Pigeon 1, Chimney Swift 6, Downy Woodpecker 4, Hairy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Least Flycatcher 1, Great Crested Flycatcher 3, Warbling Vireo 8, American Crow 10, Tree Swallow 10, Black-capped Chickadee 8, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, American Robin 15, Gray Catbird 2, European Starling 4, Tennessee Warbler 1, Nashville Warbler 2, Yellow Warbler 10, Chestnut-sided Warbler 2, Black-throated Blue Warbler 5, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Black-throated Green Warbler 3, Chipping Sparrow 5, Song Sparrow 10, White-throated Sparrow 8, Northern Cardinal 5, Red-winged Blackbird 25, Common Grackle 10, Brown-headed Cowbird 1, Baltimore Oriole 8
Canard d'Amérique 2, Canard colvert 4, Grèbe à bec bigarré 1, Grand héron 2, Urubu à tête rouge 1, Épervier brun 1, Épervier de Cooper 1, Goéland à bec cerclé 12, Pigeon biset 1, Martinet ramoneur 6, Pic mineur 4, Pic chevelu 2, Pic flamboyant 1, Grand Pic 1, Moucherolle tchébec 1, Tyran huppé 3, Viréo mélodieux 8, Corneille d'Amérique 10, Hirondelle bicolore 10, Mésange à tête noire 8, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 2, Roitelet à couronne rubis 1, Merle d'Amérique 15, Moqueur chat 2, Étourneau sansonnet 4, Paruline obscure 1, Paruline à joues grises 2, Paruline jaune 10, Paruline à flancs marron 2, Paruline bleue 5, Paruline à croupion jaune 2, Paruline à gorge noire 3, Bruant familier 5, Bruant chanteur 10, Bruant à gorge blanche 8, Cardinal rouge 5, Carouge à épaulettes 25, Quiscale bronzé 10, Vacher à tête brune 1, Oriole de Baltimore 8