This is a far cry of the 45 species we got on the trip held on 5 December 2011. But in all fairness some of us did go all day in 2011 and went as far as the Ottawa area. In 2011 we were 20 people while today we were only 4 in all. Today was sunny with a bitter cold wind at times, and temperatures ranged from -7 to -4 Celsius.
The bird of the day was Lesser Black-backed Gull / (Goéland brun) (2 adults) near the Moose Creek dump. Runners up were Bald Eagle / Pygargue à tête blanche (an adult) and Snow Buntings / Bruants des neiges (24).
Here is the list of the other 21 species and their numbers (in brackets):
SPECIES - ESPÈCES
CANADA GOOSE / BERNACHE DU CANADA (4), COMMON MERGANSER / GRAND HARLE (1), RED-TAILED HAWK / BUSE A QUEUE ROUSSE (2), ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK / BUSE PATTUE (2), HERRING GULL / GOELAND ARGENTE (2,000+), ICELAND GULL / GOELAND ARCTIQUE (2), GLAUCOUS GULL / GOELAND BOURGMESTRE (4), GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL / GOELAND MARIN (100+), ROCK PIGEON / PIGEON BISET (200), MOURNING DOVE / TOUTERELLE TRISTE (40), SNOWY OWL / HARFANG DES NEIGES (2), BLUE JAY / GEAI BLEU (6), AMERICAN CROW / CORNEILLE D'AMERIQUE (40), COMMON RAVEN / GRAND CORBEAU (10), BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE / MESANGE A TETE NOIRE (12), RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH / SITTELLE A POITRINE ROUSSE (2), AMERICAN GOLDFINCH / CHARDONNERET JAUNE (1), EUROPEAN STARLING / Étourneau SANSONNET (50), AMERICAN TREE SPARROW / BRUANT HUDSONIEN (3), SONG SPARROW / BRUNT CHANTEUR (1), HOUSE SPARROW / MOINEAU DOMESTIQUE (6)
If you read this far down, you may be further interested in the birds of the St-Isidore-Casselman area. If so, go to my blog here http://jacquesbouvier.blogspot.ca/ and then click on this link on the right side of the page: ANNOTATED and ILLUSTRATED LIST of the Birds of Far Eastern Ontario and of neighbouring southwestern Quebec and northern New-York.
In my blog you will also see BirdTrax which lists daily, all the birds observed and reported by e-birders in our 50 km birding circle. Enjoy!! Your comments are always appreciated.
Thanks to the eager participants who came out today and good birding to all - Jacques Bouvier