Today's Summer Series outing was a combination of a birding trip and an insect walk. I'll report here on the results of the birding. Chris Cloutier will no doubt follow up with a report on the insects, plus whatever birds they may have come across.
18 birders arrived at Philipsburg for the 8 am start. A handful returned to the (ex) motel parking lot for 10 am to participate in the Insect Walk. The rest continued on birding. It was a very pleasant day, weather-wise. Cloud cover throughout much of the day kept the heat and humidity down, for the most part.
We began by crossing the highway and heading over to town stopping at the pier where we had our first major surprise of the day. There were just over 20 Turkey Vultures sitting on the rocky shore just south of the pier! The second treat followed not long after as we headed north along the lakeshore, stopping at a field of cattle. Looking east towards Highway 133 we found an adult Bald Eagle perched in a snag. This was a great kick-off to an excellent day of birding to come as we headed east along ch. St-Armand exploring the network of farms, grasslands and forested roads south of ch. St-Armand down to the US border and as far east as St-Armand Centre. On ch. Beaulne, we were treated to an excellent aerial and vocal display by a family of three Red-tailed Hawks.
Wrapping up this part of the day around noon, 8 of us decided to plan our route home through Ste-Catherine in hopes of seeing the Little Egret discovered there on Thursday by Raymond Belhumeur. It was well worth the effort as we were rewarded with excellent views of the bird feeding in the bay amongst a nice mix of water birds.
We completed the day with a total of 66 species. Here is our complete list for the day. All birds noted were seen in the Philipsburg/St. Armand region, except where noted. Thanks for the great turnout today.
SC = Ste-Catherine
12 Canada Goose - SC, 4 Gadwall - SC, 1 American Wigeon - SC, 12 Mallard - SC, 4 Common Merganser - SC (with young), 1 Ruffed Grouse, 10 Wild Turkey, 1 Common Loon - SC, 24 Double-crested Cormorant - SC, 6 Great Blue Heron - SC, 28 Great Egret - SC, 1 LITTLE EGRET - SC, 1 Green Heron, 30 Turkey Vulture, 2 Bald Eagle, 4 Red-tailed Hawk, 2 American Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 7 Killdeer, 1 Spotted Sandpiper - SC, 250+ Ring-billed Gull - majority SC, 8 Great Black-backed Gull - SC, 20 Common Tern - SC, 50+ Rock Pigeon, 50+ Mourning Dove, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 2 Belted Kingfisher - 1 SC, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpecker, 2 Northern Flicker, 3 Eastern Wood-Pewee, 2 Eastern Phoebe, 3 Eastern Kingbird, 4 Warbling Vireo, 6 Red-eyed Vireo, 10 Blue Jay, 20 American Crow, 15 Tree Swallow - 12 SC, 25 Barn Swallow, 5 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 10 House Wren, 2 Eastern Bluebird, 3 Veery, 1 Wood Thrush, 30 American Robin, 4 Gray Catbird, 300+ European Starling, 12 Cedar Waxwing, 5 Yellow Warbler, 1 Black and White Warbler, 4 Ovenbird, 20 Common Yellowthroat, 6 Chipping Sparrow, 6 Savannah Sparrow, 15 Song Sparrow, 2 Northern Cardinal, 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 1 Indigo Bunting, 2 Bobolink, 60+ Red-winged Blackbird, 40 Common Grackle, 20 Brown-headed Cowbird, 4 Baltimore Oriole, 50+ American Goldfinch, 6 House Sparrow
12 Bernache du Canada - SC, 4 Canard chipeau - SC, 1 Canard d'Amérique - SC, 12 Canard colvert - SC, 4 Grand Harle - SC (avec les jeunes), 1 Gélinotte huppée, 10 Dindon sauvage, 1 Plongeon huard - SC, 24 Cormoran à aigrettes - SC, 6 Grand Héron - SC, 28 Grande Aigrette - SC, 1 Aigrette garzette - SC, 1 Héron vert, 30 Urubu à tête rouge, 2 Pygargue à tête blanche, 4 Buse à queue rousse, 2 crécerelle d'Amérique, 1 Faucon émerillon, 7 Pluvier kildir , 1 Chevalier grivelé - SC, 250 + Goéland à bec cerclé - la majorité SC, 8 Goéland marin- SC, 20 Sterne pierregarin - SC, 50 + Pigeon biset, Tourterelle triste 50 +, 2 Colibri à gorge rubis, 2 Martin pêcheur d'Amérique - 1 SC, 1 Pic mineur, 2 Pic chevelu, 2 Pic flamboyant, 3 Pioui de l'Est, 2 Moucherolle phébi, 3 Tyran tritri, 4 Viréo mélodieux, 6 Viréo aux yeux rouges, 10 Geai bleu, 20 Corneille d'Amérique, 15 Hirondelle bicolore - 12 SC, 25 Hirondelle rustique, 5 Mésange à tête noire, 1 Sittelle à poitrine blanche, 10 Troglodyte familier, 2 Merlebleu de l'Est, 3 Grive fauve, 1 Grive des bois, 30 Merle d'Amérique, 4 Moqueur chat, 300 + Étourneau sansonnet, 12 Jaseur d'Amérique, 5 Paruline jaune, 1 Paruline noir et blanc, 4 Paruline couronnée, 20 Paruline masquée, 6 Bruant familier, 6 Bruant des prés, 15 Bruant chanteur, 2 Cardinal rouge, 2 Cardinal à poitrine rose, 1 Passerin indigo, 2 goglu des prés, 60 + carouge à épaulettes, 40 Quiscale bronzé, 20 Vacher à tête brune, 4 Oriole de Baltimore, 50 + Chardonneret jaune, 6 Moineau domestique