Our day started on Rang 3/Gore Road where we had good views of Eastern Meadowlarks and Bobolinks. Three Upland Sandpipers at the Graham Farm were welcome additions. We then deviated slightly from our usual route in order to view the Dickcissel at the corner of Clinton and Highway 202. He did not disappoint and put on quite a show being very aggressive while chasing anything in feathers out of his territory.
Our route then took us along Massey Road and Gowan Road. The feeder on the corner of these two roads provided goods views of 4 different Rose-breated Grosbeaks and 4 Purple Finches. A quick pit stop in Huntingdon was followed by a walk along Biggar Road which proved to be a little disappointing considering the good birds which have been seen there recently. It may very well be that we arrived a little late in the morning. One Golden-winged Warbler was heard singing very briefly and several Eastern Towhees were calling with one providing a quick view. Two Willow Flycathers were also calling near the more southerly section of the road and several Brown Thrashers performed flybys. We made a few stops on Black-Ridge Road and finished our trip at the Droulers archeological site. A quick after-lunch scan of the local area failed to produce the Clay-coloured Sparrow that had been reported but a Black-billed Cuckoo gave several participants a flyover.
Many thanks to all who came out for a very enjoyable morning.
Thanks to Sheldon for navigating and providing the Walkie-Talkies that allowed us to keep in touch. We won't even mention the promises our new president made about thrashers walking at our feet and Golden-winged's dripping from the trees which failed to materialize. Ah, politicians and broken promises! Never thought it would happen in BPQ. Thanks for being a good sport about the abuse over lunch, Sheldon.
Our complete list of 78 species includes: Wood Duck - 4 Ruffed Grouse - 1 American Bittern - 1 Great Blue Heron - 3 Green Heron - 2 Turkey Vulture - 7 Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 Broad-winged Hawk - 1 Killdeer - 1 Upland Sandpiper - 3 Ring-billed Gull - 8 Rock Pigeon - 12 Mourning Dove - 12 Black-billed Cuckoo - 2 (one seen, 1 heard) Chimney Swift - 10 Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 5 Downy Woodpecker - 4 Hairy Woodpecker - 3 Northern Flicker - 4 Pileated Woodpecker - 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee - 6 Alder Flycatcher - 4 Willow Flycatcher - 2 Least Flycatcher - 6 Eastern Phoebe - 6 (includes 3 young on nest) Great Crested Flycatcher - 4 Eastern Kingbird - 7 Warbling Vireo - 1 Red-eyed Vireo - 10 Blue Jay - 36 American Crow - 12 Tree Swallow - 20 Cliff Swallow -4 Barn Swallow - 20 Black-capped Chickadee - 6 White-breasted Nuthatch - 5 Brown Creeper - 1 (heard) House Wren - 2 Eastern Bluebird - 3 Veery - 12 Hermit Thrush - 1 (heard) Wood Thrush - 3 (heard) American Robin - 40 Gray Catbird - 6 Brown Thrasher - 3 European Starling - 36 Cedar Waxwing - 40 Golden-winged warbler - 1 (heard) Yellow Warbler - 15 Chestnut-sided Warbler - 6 Black-throated Green Warbler - 2 (heard) Black-and-white Warbler - 4 (heard) American Redstart - 3 Ovenbird - 12 (heard) Northern Waterthrush - 2 (heard) Common Yellowthroat - 8 Scarlet Tanager - 3 (heard) Eastern Towhee - 3 (heard with brief glimpse of 1) Chipping Sparrow - 10 Field Sparrow - 1 (heard) Savannah Sparrow - 5 Song Sparrow - 12 White-throated Sparrow - 4 Northern Cardinal - 2 Rose-breasted grosbeak - 8 including 4 at feeder on Gowan Road) Indigo bunting - 3 Dickcissel - 1 Bobolink - 12 Red-winged Blackbird - 30 Eastern Meadowlark - 3 Common Grackle - 24 Brown-headed Cowbird - 2 Baltimore Oriole - 6 Purple Finch - 8 House Finch - 1 American Goldfinch - 45 House Sparrow - 8
Canard branchu - 4 Gélinotte huppée - 1 Butor d'Amérique - 1 Grand Héron - 3 Héron vert - 2 Urubu à tête rouge - 7 Buse à épaulettes - 1 Petite Buse - 1 Pluvier kildir - 1 Maubèche des champs - 3 Goéland à bec cerclé - 8 Pigeon biset - 12 Tourterelle triste - 12 Coulicou à bec noir - 2 (un vu, entendu 1) Martinet ramoneur - 10 Colibri à gorge rubis - 1 Pic maculé - 5 Pic mineur - 4 Pic chevelu - 3 Pic flamboyant - 4 Grand Pic - 1 Pioui de l'Est - 6 Moucherolle des aulnes - 4 Moucherolle des saules - 2 Moucherolle tchébec - 6 Moucherolle Phébi - 6 (3 jeunes sur le nid) Tyran huppé - 4 Tyran tritri - 7 Viréo - 1 Viréo aux yeux rouges - 10 Geai bleu - 36 Corneille d'Amérique - 12 Hirondelle bicolore - 20 Hirondelle à front blanc -4 Hirondelle rustique - 20 Mésange à tête noire - 6 Sittelle à poitrine blanche - 5 Grimpereau brun - 1 (entendu) Troglodyte familier - 2 Merlebleu de l'Est - 3 Grive fauve - 12 Grive solitaire - 1 (entendu) Grive des bois - 3 (entendu) Merle d'Amérique - 40 Moqueur chat - 6 Moqueur roux - 3 Étourneau sansonnet - 36 Jaseur d'Amérique - 40 Paruline à ailes dorées - 1 (entendu) Paruline jaune - 15 Paruline à flancs marron - 6 Paruline à gorge noire - 2 (entendu) Paruline Noir et blanc - 4 (entendu) Paruline flamboyante - 3 Paruline couronnée - 12 (entendu) Paruline des ruisseaux - 2 (entendu) Paruline masquée - 8 Tangara écarlate - 3 (entendu) Tohi à flancs roux - 3 (entendue avec bref aperçu de 1) Bruant familier - 10 Bruant des champs - 1 (entendu) Bruant des prés - 5 Bruant chanteur - 12 Bruant à gorge blanche - 4 Cardinal rouge - 2 Cardinal à poitrine rose - 8 Passerine indigo - 3 Dickcissel d'Amérique - 1 Goglu des prés - 12 Carouge à épaulettes - 30 Sturnelle des prés - 3 Quiscale bronzé - 24 Vacher à tête brune - 2 Oriole de Baltimore - 6 Roselin pourpré - 8 Roselin familier - 1 Chardonneret jaune - 45 Moineau domestique - 8