Saturday's spectacular weather brought out 20 birders for our regular November walk around Cap St Jacques Nature Park. Temperatures reaching 10-12°C, full sun and calm winds were unheard of conditions for this trip which usually involves strong winds, cloudy skies, cold temperatures and occasionally snow.
Although the bird life was a little "thin" we did have some nice sightings. In particular passerine species were hard to find. Our birds of the day were Brown Creepers simply for their numbers and the fact that everyone was able to get good views of this sometimes elusive little beauty. We saw seven or eight and heard many more.
Our complete list of 26 species included: Canada Geese - 75, American Black Duck - 1, Mallard - 60, Greater Scaup - 4, Lesser Scaup - 40, Great Blue Heron - 2, Bufflehead - 2, Common Goldeneye - 100, Common Merganser - 3, Cooper's hawk - 2, Ring-billed Gull - 13, Great Black-backed Gull - 2, Mourning Dove - 1, Downy Woodpecker - 1, Hairy Woodpecker - 1, Blue Jay - 5, American Crow - 10, Black-capped Chickadee - 20, Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1, White-breasted Nuthatch - 6, Brown Creeper - 12, European Starling - 2, American Tree Sparrow - 6, Dark-eyed Junco - 6, Northern Cardinal - 7, American Goldfinch - 10
Bernaches du Canada - 75, Canard noir - 1, Canard colvert - 60, Fuligule milouinan - 4, Petit Fuligule - 40, Grand héron - 2, Petit Garrot - 2, Garrot à oeil d'or - 100, Grand Harle - 3, Épervier de Cooper - 2, Goéland à bec cerclé - 13, Goéland marin - 2, Tourterelle triste - 1, Pic mineur - 1, Pic chevelu - 1, Geai bleu - 5, Corneille d'Amérique - 10, Mésange à tête noire - 20, Sittelle à poitrine rousse - 1, Sittelle à poitrine blanche - 6, Grimpereau brun - 12, Étourneau sansonnet - 2, Bruant hudsonien - 6, Junco ardoisé - 6, Cardinal rouge - 7. Chardonneret jaune - 10
Thanks to everyone who came out for a nice walk and it was especially nice to meet quite a few new (at least for me ) participants.
Thanks also to those of you present who convinced me to make the trek to Chambly Sunday morning for the Ross' Gull. Had great views of it within 3 minutes of arriving! Easiest lifer ever!