The first field trip of the 2014 Summer Series of Birding attracted 24 birders for a walk through Parc des Rapides in Ville Lasalle. The weather was great but started to heat up quickly as the morning wore on. This year's crop of mayflies, or shad flies, (not sure which is which) emerged by the thousands throughout the park. As a result, the bird life was extremely active, with many birds not even having to move from their perches to chase down the insects. They would just sit and pick them out of the air. New life was present in many spots today with many, many parent birds busily feeding their young, making for some interesting observations.
Our total species count for the morning was 31. Here is the list. Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the morning. - Sheldon Harvey
Canada Goose 30 Wood Duck 1 Gadwall 1 American Wigeon 2 American Black Duck 1 Mallard 25 Double-crested Cormorant 40 Great Blue Heron 20 Great Egret 10 Green Heron 1 Black-crowned Night Heron 6 Ring-billed Gull 50 Great Black-backed Gull 3 Common Tern 25 Chimney Swift 5 Downy Woodpecker 3 Eastern Kingbird 4 Warbling Vireo 3 Red-eyed Vireo 1 American Crow 2 Tree Swallow 15 Black-capped Chickadee 1 American Robin 5 European Starling 35 Cedar Waxwing 2 Yellow Warbler 20 Song Sparrow 25 Red-winged Blackbird 200+ Common Grackle 6 Baltimore Oriole 5 House Sparrow 2
Bernache du Canada 30 Canard branchu 1 Canard chipeau 1 Canard d'Amérique 2 Canard noir 1 Canard colvert 25 Cormoran à aigrettes 40 Grand héron 20 Grande aigrette 10 Héron vert 1 Bihoreau Héron 6 Goéland à bec cerclé 50 Goéland marin 3 Sterne pierregarin 25 Martinet ramoneur 5 Pic mineur 3 Tyran tritri 4 Viréo mélodieux 3 Viréo aux yeux rouges 1 Corneille d'Amérique 2 Hirondelle bicolore 15 Mésange à tête noire 1 Merle d'Amérique 5 Étourneau sansonnet 35 Jaseur d'Amérique 2 Paruline jaune 20 Bruant chanteur 25 Carouge à épaulettes 200 + Quiscale bronzé 6 Oriole de Baltimore 5 Moineau domestique 2