Saturday, February 09, 2013

Bird Protectection Quebec "Field Trip Report" February 9

Today's outing on the South Shore turned out to be a fairly pleasant day. The sun came out and the winds were not as strong as had been predicted. The temperature remained around -13 C throughout the morning. Unfortunately the weather didn't manage to coax too many birds out.

10 birders met up at Parc de la Frayere in Boucherville. We began the day by walking through the woods across from the parking area. It seems that someone has decided to hang up a few feeders in the woods. This certainly helped to attract birds, including our "Birds of the Day" which were two White-throated Sparrows enjoying breakfast at the feeders.

We drove from Boucherville out through Varennes, through a number of secondary and farm roads, then returned along Highway 30 and scouted out the roads behind the St-Hubert Airport. Things were generally quiet although we did manage to accumulate 16 species for the day. Here is our list: 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 16 Great Black-backed Gulls, 30 Rock Pigeons, 3 Mourning Doves, 3 Downy Woodpeckers, 3 Blue Jays, 20 American Crows, 40 Black-capped Chickadees, 3 White-breasted Nuthatch, 50 European Starlings, 2 White-throated Sparrow, 8 Dark-eyed Junco, 6 Northern Cardinal, 27 Common Redpoll, 4 American Goldfinch, 20 House Sparrows

1 Buse à queue rousse, 16 Goélands marins, 30 Pigeon biset, 3 Tourterelle triste, 3 Pics mineurs, 3 Geai bleue, 20 Corneille d'Amérique, 40 Mésange à tête noire, 3 Sittele à poitrine blanche, 50 Étourneau sansonnet, 2 Blanche à gorge Bruant, 8 Junco ardoisé, 6 Cardinal rouge, 27 Sizerin flammé, 4 Chardonneret jaune, 20 Moineaux domestiques
Thanks to all of the participants -Sheldon Harvey

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