Friday, September 21, 2012

Sightings for Thursday September 20

St. Lazare: Local twitchers will be happy to know that the Buff Breasted Sandpiper  (Bécasseau roussâtre) is still around the St. Lazare sandpits!

Three birders, including myself, spotted the bird foraging in both shallow water and along a sand bank. From the entrance we walked down to the bottom of the hill, then turned right and followed the prominent sand bar until the very end, which faces the north side of the sandpits. The bird was spotted there. A beautiful bird, indeed!
NOTE: My fellow birder Alex Stone pointed out that the bird was hopping on one leg, and appeared injured. This may explain why it veered so far off it's migration route. The bird may stay for a while longer to recover before moving on, so there's a good chance of catching it if you visit over the next few days. If spotted, approach the bird cautiously, keeping in mind it may be injured or stressed.

Other bird species observed were American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Blue Winged Teal, Green Winged Teal, American Wigeon, Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, Pectoral Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Semi-Palmated Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, and a lot of Killdeer.
Autres espèces d'oiseaux observés: Canard noir, Canard colvert, Canard pilet, Canard chipeau, Sarcelle à ailes Bleu , Sarcelle d'hiver, Canard d'Amérique, Petit Chevalier, Bécassine de Wilson, Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée, Bécasseau minuscule, Bécasseau semi-palmées, Goéland à bec cerclé, et beaucoup de Pluvier kildir - Joey O'Connor
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue: Migration has been slow at the MBO these last couple of days but we had a nice visit this morning, a young Black-billed Cuckoo. It is always nice to see this species up close. A photo is available on our FB page and you don't need to be a member to see it. White-throated sparrow are still dominating. McGill Bird Observatory

La migration est au ralenti depuis quelques jours, ce matin nous avons quand mme eu droit une belle surprise, un jeune Coulicou à bec noir.est venu nous rendre visite, c'est toujours intressant de voir cette espce de prs. Une photo est disponible sur notre page Facebook et vous n'avez pas besoin d'tre membre pour la voir.Du ct des autres passereaux, c'est toujours le Bruant gorge blanche qui domine Observatoire d'Oiseaux de McGill - Simon Duval

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