Thirteen birders decided to ignore early morning showers present in the Montreal area and head for the Rigaud Mountain area for our weekly field trip. Magically they were treated to bright blue skies and cool breezes on arrival. Combined with cool temperatures in the mid-teens these conditions gave us very pleasant conditions for our walk with a minimum of mosquitoes, black flies and deer flies.
We started our trip with a short stop at a small pond on Chemin St Henri which produced a pair of Canada Geese and their three goslings and a mother mallard along with her newly hatched brood of ten ducklings. A great Blue Heron was cruising the shoreline and a pair of kingbirds were attending to a nest.
From there we continued on to the Nature-Action Québec property near the Erabliére St Henri for a walk to Lac Castor. Good ears were a necessity for the day but many of the group were eventually rewarded with good views of a Mourning Warbler and Scarlet Tanager. The heronry on Lac Castor seems to have diminished considerably in size as the dead trees in the middle of the lake have fallen leaving only three visible nests. One seemed to be occupied with an adult and a young bird visible.
Thanks to everyone who came out for an enjoyable morning. Set your alarms early for next week! - Wayne
Our complete list of 53 species heard or seen by at least some members of our group included: Canada Geese - 5 (3 young), Mallard - 11 ( Female with 10 ducklings), Wild Turkey - 2 (seen by one participant close to meeting point on St Georges Road), Great Blue Herons 3 (including one young), Turkey Vulture - 2, Cooper's Hawk - 1, Red-shouldered Hawk - 2, Broad-winged Hawk - 1, Rock Pigeon - 3, Mourning Dove - 2, Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 3, Northern Flicker - 2, Pileated Woodpecker - 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee - 2, Alder Flycatcher - 1, Least Flycatcher - 4, Eastern Phoebe - 2, Great Crested Flycatcher - 2 (heard), Eastern Kingbird - 2, Warbling Vireo - 1, Red-eyed Vireo - 6, Blue Jay - 3, American Crow - 7, Tree Swallow - 1, Barn Swallow - 1, Black-capped Chickadee - 4, Brown Creeper - 1 (heard), Veery - 5 (heard), Hermit Thrush - 2 (heard), American Robin - 3, Gray Catbird - 1, European Starling - 2, Cedar Waxwing - 12, Chestnut-sided Warbler - 6, Black-throated Blue Warbler - 2 (heard), Black-throated Green Warbler - 2 (heard), Black-and-white Warbler - 2, Ovenbird - 6 (heard), Northern Waterthrush - 1 (heard), Mourning warbler - 3, Common Yellowthroat - 2 (heard), Scarlet Tanager - 2, Chipping Sparrow - 1 (heard), Song Sparrow - 4, Swamp Sparrow - 3 (heard), White-throated Sparrow - 4, Northern Cardinal - 1, Red-winged Blackbird - 6, Common Grackle - 10, Brown-headed Cowbird - 6, Baltimore Oriole - 2, American Goldfinch - 6
Bernaches du Canada - 5 (3 jeunes), Canard colvert - 11 (femâle avec 11 canetons), Dindons sauvage - 2 (vu par un participant à proximité de point de rencontre sur chemin St Georges), Grands Hérons 3 (dont un jeune), Urubu à tête rouge - 2, Épervier de Cooper - 1, Buse à épaulettes - 2, Petite Buse - 1, Pigeon biset - 3, Tourterelle triste - 2, Colibri à gorge rubis - 1, Pic maculé - 3, Pic flamboyant - 2, Grand Pic - 1, Pioui de l'Est - 2, Moucherolle des aulnes - 1, Moins Moucherolle - 4, Moucherolle phébi - 2, Tyran huppé - 2 (entendu), Tyran tritri - 2, Viréo mélodieux - 1, Viréo aux yeux rouges - 6, Geai bleu - 3, Corneille d'Amérique - 7, Hirondelle bicolore - 1, Hirondelle rustique - 1, Mésange à tête noire - 4, Grimpereau brun - 1 (entendu), Grive fauve - 5 (entendu), Grive solitaire - 2 (entendu), Merle d'Amérique - 3 Moqueur chat - 1 Étourneau sansonnet - 2 Jaseur d'Amérique - 12 Paruline à flancs marron - 6, Paruline bleue - 2 (entendu), Paruline à gorge noire - 2 (entendu), Paruline noir et blanc - 2, Paruline couronnée - 6 (entendu), Paruline des ruisseaux - 1 (entendu), Paruline triste - 3, Paruline masquée - 2 (entendu), Tangara écarlate - 2, Bruant familier - 1 (entendu), Bruant chanteur - 4, Bruant des marais - 3 (entendu), Bruant à gorge blanche - 4, Cardinal rouge - 1, Carouge à épaulettes - 6, Quiscale bronzé - 10, Vacher à tête brune - 6, Oriole de Baltimore - 2, Chardonneret jaune - 6