Ten birders took part in our Sunday (Mother's Day) morning field trip to Parc Nature Bois-de-Liesse. Cloudy, warm, (up to 25C) humid conditions were the order of the morning but luckily the rain held off.
Our total species count was low for the month of May but partially explained by the fact that many of our participants were eager novices and hence we spent a good deal of time observing and learning about each of the species we encountered. Highlights included a very cooperative Great-crested Flycatcher, numerous Northern Cardinals singing from exposed perches, low soaring Turkey Vultures and good views of Yellow Warblers, American Redstarts and a Black-throated Blue Warbler.
We were joined on the outing by Le Nga Phan who is responsible for group permits for several of the Nature Parks. After issuing our permit earlier in the week she decided to join us and see what we were all about. Her parents visiting from Toronto and her husband also joined us. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the outing.
Thanks to everyone who came out. Hope we see you all again. Remember to do your homework! - Wayne Grubert
Our complete list of 37 species included: Canada Goose - 30, Wood Duck - 1, Turkey Vulture - 2, Ring-billed Gull - 6, Downy Woodpecker - 4, Hairy Woodpecker - 4, Northern Flicker - 2 (heard only), Least Flycatcher - 1, Eastern Phoebe - 2, Great-crested Flycatcher - 3, Warbling Vireo - 4, (heard only), Red-eyed Vireo - 2, Blue Jay - 4, American Crow - 6, Tree Swallow - 1, Black-capped Chickadee - 8, White-breasted Nuthatch - 2, Veery - 1 (heard only), American Robin - 4, Gray Catbird - 8, European Starling - 4, Cedar Waxwing - 7, Nashville Warbler - 1 (heard only), Yellow Warbler - 15, Magnolia Warbler - 1, Black-throated Blue Warbler - 2, American Redstart - 6, Ovenbird - 1 (heard only), Song Sparrow - 6, White-throated Sparrow - 3, Northern Cardinal - 8, Red-winged Blackbird - 6, Common Grackle - 6, Brown-headed Cowbird - 6, Baltimore Oriole - 3, House Finch - 1, American Goldfinch - 12
Bernache du Canada - 30, Canard branchu - 1, Urubu à tête rouge - 2, Goéland à bec cerclé - 6, Pic mineur - 4, Pic chevelu - 4, Pic flamboyant -2, Moucherolle tchébec - 1, Moucherolle phébi, Tyran huppé - 3, Viréo mélodieux - 4, (entendu seulement), Viréo aux yeux rouges - 2, Geai bleu - 4, Corneille d'Amérique - 6, Hirondelle bicolore - 1, mésange à tête noire - 8, Sittelle à poitrine blanche - 2, Grive fauve - 1 (entendu seulement), Merle d'Amérique - 4, Moqueur chat - 8, Étourneau sansonnet - 4, Jaseur d'Amérique - 7, Paruline à joues grises - 1 (entendu seulement), Paruline jaune - 15, Paruline noir - 1, Paruline bleue - 2, Paruline flamboyante - 6, Paruline couronnée - 1 (entendu seulement), Bruant chanteur - 6, Bruant à gorge blanche - 3, Cardinal rouge - 8, Carouge à épaulettes - 6, Quiscale bronzé - 6, Vacher à tête brune - 6, Oriole de Baltimore - 3, Roselin familier - 1, Chardonneret jaune - 12