Pointe de Yamachiche
2 birders were brave enough to hit the road this morning to join the field trip at Yamachiche despite the weather.
One lesson learned for me (one more time I should say): never trust the weather forecast, even 2 hours prior to a trip. What was supposed to be a sunny day 2 days ago, a cloudy day last evening and a gray day with a few showers at 5:00 this morning, turned out to be a rather heavy rainy morning at Yamachiche at least until 10:15 when we got back to the cars, wet and rather cold, just before heading towards a well deserved hot coffee to compile the list.
The very humid weather and quite dense vegetation made it a special atmosphere: while birding the trail to the tip, we were feeling much more like in the rain Forest of Costa Rica or Borneo than in late summer Québec.
Despite challenging conditions, birding was good. And we did not have any problems with bugs! We encountered several flocks of warblers and if we were only able to identify at most 20% of them given the rain, fog on the binoculars, and poor light conditions, we still enjoyed 15 species of warblers, 4 species of vireo and 7 species of sparrow.
At the tip, shorebirds were not numerous but diverse and as water level is high, they were close and we enjoyed good views. A hudsonian godwit was a definite treat, as was a sanderling, and a nice flock of rusty blackbirds that landed on the beach. Full list of 61 species seen in a bit more than 2 hours is below.
Thanks a lot for what turned out to be a very enjoyable morning birding despite challenging weather!
61 species: Snow Goose 3, Canada Goose 120, Gadwall 1, Mallard 12, Green-winged Teal 20, Double-crested Cormorant 3, Great Blue Heron 3, Great Egret 1, Black-bellied Plover 1, Semipalmated Plover 7, Hudsonian Godwit 1, Sanderling 2, Least Sandpiper 1, White-rumped Sandpiper 1, Semipalmated Sandpiper 1, Bonaparte's Gull 2, Ring-billed Gull 100, Herring Gull 2, Great Black-backed Gull 1, Rock Pigeon 2, Belted Kingfisher 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Blue-headed Vireo 2, Warbling Vireo 1, Philadelphia Vireo 1, Red-eyed Vireo 4, American Crow 3, Tree Swallow 1, Black-capped Chickadee 6, Brown Creeper 2, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, American Robin 1, American Pipit 1, Cedar Waxwing 3, Black-and-white Warbler 1, Tennessee Warbler 1, Nashville Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 5, American Redstart 1, Northern Parula 1, Magnolia Warbler 3, Bay-breasted Warbler 1, Blackburnian Warbler 1, Yellow Warbler 1, Chestnut-sided Warbler 1, Blackpoll Warbler 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 10, Black-throated Green Warbler 2, Wilson's Warbler 2, Chipping Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 4, Lincoln's Sparrow 1, Swamp Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 4, White-crowned Sparrow 1, Dark-eyed Junco 1, Red-winged Blackbird 8, Rusty Blackbird 35, Common Grackle 5, American Goldfinch 10
Oie des neiges 3, Bernache du Canada 120, Canard chipeau 1, Canard colvert 12, Sarcelle d'hiver 20, Cormoran à aigrettes 3, Grand héron 3, Grande Aigrette 1, Pluvier argenté 1, Pluvier semipalmé 7, Barge hudsonienne 1, Bécasseau sanderling 2, Bécasseau minuscule 1, Bécasseau à croupion blanc 1, Bécasseau semipalmé 1, Mouette de Bonaparte 2, Goéland à bec cerclé 100, Goéland argenté 2, Goéland marin 1, Pigeon biset 2, Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique 1, Pic mineur 1, Pic flaboyant 1, Viréo à tête bleue 2, Viréo mélodieux 1, Viréo de Philadelphie 1, Viréo aux yeux rouges 4, Corneille d'Amérique 3, Hirondelle bicolore 1, Mésange à tête noire 6, Grimpereau brun 2, Roitelet à couronne rubis 1, Merle d'Amérique 1, Pipit d'Amérique 1, Jaseur d'Amérique 3, Paruline noir et blanc 1, Paruline obscurer 1, Paruline à joues grises 1, Paruline masquée 5, Paruline flamboyante 1, Paruline à collier 1, Paruline à tête cendrée 3, Paruline à poitrine baie 1, Paruline à gorge orangée 1, Paruline jaune 1, Paruline à flancs marron 1, Paruline rayée 2, Paruline à croupion jaune 10, Paruline à gorge noire 2, Paruline de Wilson 2, Bruant familier 1, Bruant chanteur 4, Bruant 1 de Lincoln, Bruant des marais 1, Bruant à gorge blanche 4, Bruant à couronne blanche 1, Junco ardoisé 1, Carouge à épaulettes 8, Quiscale rouilleux 35, Quiscale bronzé 5, Chardonneret jaune 10