Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sightings for Saturday November 28

Etang, St-Louis-de-Gonzague map/carte
50 Snow Goose, 20 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 2 American Wigeon, 5 Mallard, 1 Canvasback, 200 Ring-necked Duck, 5 Greater Scaup, 2 Lesser Scaup, 20 Greater/Lesser Scaup, 1 Common Goldeneye, 85 Hooded Merganser, 1 Common Merganser, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Herring Gull, 2 American Crow, 2 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 American Goldfinch 

50 Oie des neiges, 20 Bernache du Canada, 2 Canard chipeau, 2 Canard d'Amérique, 5 Canard colvert, 1 Fuligule à dos blanc, 200 Fuligule à collier, 5 Fuligule milouinan, 2 Petits Fuligules, 20 Grand / Petits Fuligules, 1 Garrot à oeil d'or, 85 Harle couronné, 1 Grand Harle, 1 Harle huppé, 1 Grèbe jougris, 3 Goéland argenté, 2 Corneille d'Amérique, 2 Mésange à tête noire, 1 Chardonneret jaune - Frederic Hareau
Aéroport de St-Hubert: 3 Snowy Owl seen from Boulevard Clairevue. There was a male in the field of airport and two juveniles in the field east of Clairevue

3 Harfangs des neiges Observés à partir du boulevard Clairevue. Il y avait un mâle sur le terrain de l'Aéroport et 2 juvéniles dans le champ à l'est de Clairevue - Gilles Ethier

BPQ's Annual Montreal Christmas Bird Count - Call for participants

The 2015 Montreal Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 19, 2015

One of Bird Protection Quebec’s (BPQ) most popular annual events, the Montreal Christmas Bird Count (CBC), will take place on Saturday, December 19, 2015. The annual bird counts play a vital role in tracking local and national birding trends and are one of the most important events on the citizen science calendar.

We are looking for more people to join us on the count this year. If you have not participated previously but are interested in doing so this year, please contact us and we'll set you up on a team. It’s not complicated and it’s a lot of fun. You will be placed on a team with some experienced Christmas counters who will show you the ropes!

The 24 km-wide circle for the Montreal area count is centred at the intersection of Sherbrooke Street West and Westminster Avenue in Montreal West. An overview of the count, a map of the count circle, and the results from past years are all available on our website. Teams of birders are assigned to specific territories to cover as much of the circle as possible. In order to do that, as many participants as possible are needed.

If you live anywhere within the count circle and have feeders installed, but are unable to join one of our field teams, you can still assist us without leaving the comfort of your home. Our website explains how you participate as a FeederWatcher.

Complete information on the Montreal Christmas Bird Count, as well as the Hudson Christmas Bird Count being held on Sunday, December 27, is available on the following BPQ webpage

If you have any questions, or wish to register for the event, please contact Sheldon Harvey,  e-mail ... or telephone: 450-462-1459.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" Saturday, November 28

Saturday November 28th

Leaders: Sheldon Harvey 450-462-1459  e-mail
Wayne Grubert 450-458-5498  e-mail
Cell (PLEASE use only on morning of trip)

8:00AM Meet in the parking lot at the north end of the St-Louis-de-Gonzague Bridge.

From the south shore take Highway 30 west. After approximately 40 km depending on your starting point take the 530 toward Salaberry de Valleyfield. After approximately 3km take exit 9 off the 530. Turn left onto Boulevard Pie-XII. Proceed 6km to the parking lot on the left side of the road just before the St-Louis-de-Gonzague Bridge.
From the West Island take Hwy 40 or 20 west then take highway 30 (toll $2.40 each way). Shortly after the toll take 530 toward Salaberry de Valleyfield. After approximately 3km take exit 9 off the 530. Turn left onto Boulevard Pie-XII. Proceed 6km to the parking lot on the left side of the road just before the St-Louis-de-Gonzague Bridge.
We will explore various areas in the Beauharnois/Valleyfield area looking for waterfowl, late migrants, and winter birds. Dress warmly as we will often be near the water. Half Day.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sightings for Wednesday November 25

Chateaugauy, Ile Saint-Bernard
Northern shrike (Pie-grièche grise) 
with it's mealT. Long, S. Veysey
click photo to enlarge

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sightings for Tuesday November 24

Montréal, Pointe-Claire - autoroute 40 between entre blvd Des Sources & St-Jean: Snowy owl On a lamppost, in the curve to at exit 40 east

Harfang des neiges Sur un lampadaire assez bas, dans la courbe pour la sortie 40 est 
- Julie Tremblay

Montréal, autoroute 13 near autoroute 40 2 Snowy owl A very white snowy before the exit for the 13 and a highly dark spotted one after the 13 on the south side of the highway, both on a lamppost.

2 Harfangs des neiges Un harfang très blanc avant la sortie pour la 13 et un très tacheté foncé après la 13, sur le côté sud de l'autoroute, les deux sur un lampadaire.- Julie Tremblay
Yamachiche, 158-160 Chemin des Petites-Terres: Snowy owl  Harfang des neiges
Saint-Joseph-de-Maskinongé, Route de la Rivière aux Pins - map/carte: 1 Rough-legged Hawk Buse pattue, 5 Snowy Owl Harfangs des neiges - Raymond Piché

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" - Sunday, November 21

18 birders met this morning for a three hour ramble through the Morgan Arboretum. The temperature started close to zero and didn’t get much warmer, though the sun did decide to shine towards the end of the morning.

Winkling birds out of hiding was seriously hard work today, but by the end we had seen some fifteen species in all as listed below. The Canada Geese, of course, were fly-overs and the Coopers Hawk was a putative Coopers Hawk as it didn’t stay still long enough in its distant tree for a 100% certain identification. This has been an unusually busy year on the West Island for Purple Finches which have been seen in several locations in small groups since the start of the month. Today we had two small groups of five or six each on different feeders and in the bushed around them. Usually House Finches are the predominant species, but not right now (one of our party posted a photo half an hour ago on the BPQ Facebook page). Excellent views of a Pileated Woodpecker were enjoyed. Of the smaller Woodpeckers, Hairies were more in evidence.

On a sadder note, the more northerly of the two McGill farm fields to the east of the arboretum in which Bobolinks have nested in recent years has now been totally occupied by one of the organic farming groups who have now ploughed it from one end to the other. A few years back they only occupied the far end of the field but now it is no longer going to be welcoming to Bobolinks as they have taken over completely.

Canada Goose 71, Cooper's Hawk 1, Downy Woodpecker 5, Hairy Woodpecker 7, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 9, Black-capped Chickadee 25, White-breasted Nuthatch 14, Dark-eyed Junco 9, White-throated Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 2, House Finch 2, Purple Finch 8, American Goldfinch 40

Bernache du Canada 71, Épervier de Cooper 1, Pic mineur 5, Pic chevelu 7, Grand Pic 1, Geai bleu 8, Corneille d'Amérique 9, Mésange à tête noire 25, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 14, Junco ardoisé 9, Bruant à gorge blanche 1, Cardinal rouge 2, Roselin familier 2, Roselin pourpré 8, Chardonneret jaune 40 - Richard Gregson

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sightings for Wednesday November 18

Yesterday and today there was an alcid, possibly two, at the Beauharnois dam. One was a Ist-winter Razorbill (petits pingouins), the other seemingly smaller but given the conditions it was hard to be certain if it was indeed a different bird. It (they) are repeatedly flying in close to the channels after floating down almost out of sight. The viewing is particularly difficult due to the small size of the bird(s), the rapid flight, the constant bouncing around in the rough water and frequent disappearance between the waves, the almost constant diving, the distance involved, the wind, telescope shake, and my tearing eyes! Oh, and the gulls are harassing the birds for food. Besides the alcid(s) there was at least a dozen Common Loons (Plongeons huards) and a Horned Grebe Grèbe esclavon, plus the usual Double-crested cormorant (Cormorans à aigrettes) and Common merganser (Grand Harle). Since it is supposed to rain tomorrow I won't have a chance to get back until Friday at the earliest to check further. Hopefully, the conditions will be better and I can get a photo. - Bob Barnhurst

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" Saturday, November 21

Saturday 21 November – samedi 21 novembre 
GuideRichard Gregson  e-mail
8:00 a.m.  From Montreal take Highway 40 west. Take exit 44 (Morgan Blvd.). Turn left on Chemin Ste-Marie. Drive 1.4 km to second stop sign (at Arboretum road). Turn right. Drive 1 km to main parking on left. $6.00 admission charge for non-Arboretum-members.($4 for Seniors 65+ and students). Half day.
8 h 00.  De Montréal, prendre l’autoroute 40 ouest, sortie 44 (boul. Morgan). Tourner à gauche sur le chemin Ste-Marie et continuer sur une distance de 1,4 km jusqu’au second arrêt (rue Arboretum). Tourner à droite et rouler sur une distance de 1 km jusqu’au stationnement principal, situé à gauche. Frais d’entrée : 6,00 $ pour les non-membres. (4$ pour les ainés de 65 ans et plus et les étudiants, $3 pour les enfants de 14 ans et moins). Demi-journée

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sightings for Tuesday November 17

Montréal, Autoroute 13 map/carte: Snowy owl (Harfand des neiges) - Bernard Lavoie
Chateaugauy, Ile Saint-Bernard: 3 Wild turkey (Dindons sauvage) T. Long, S. Veysey
Hungry Bay map/carte
28 species: 4000 Snow Goose, 500 Canada Goose, 11 Greater Scaup, 1 Lesser Scaup, 2 White-winged Scoter, 1 Black Scoter, 25 Common Goldeneye, 3 Common Merganser, 1 Red-throated Loon, 6 Common Loon, 10 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, 2 Ring-billed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Blue Jay, 3 American Crow,  7 Black-capped Chickadee, 2 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Brown Creeper, 9 American Robin, 3 European Starling, 4 American Tree Sparrow, 5 American Goldfinch

28 espèces: 4000 Oie des neiges, 500 Bernaches du Canada, 11 Fuligule milouinan, 1 Petit fuligule, 2 Macreuse brune, 1 Macreuse noire, 25 Garrot à oeil d'or, 3 Grand harle, 1 Plongeon catmarin, 6 Plongeon huard, 10 Grèbe jougris, 1 Cormoran à aigrettes, 2 Goéland à bec cerclé, 8 Goéland argenté, 2 Goéland marin, 1 Pic mineur, 1 Pic chevelu, 1 Pic flamboyant, 1 Grand Pic, 1 Geai bleu, 3 Corneille d'Amérique, 7 Mésange à tête noire, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 2, 1 Grimpereau brun, 9 Merle d'Amérique, 3 Étourneau sansonnet, 4 Bruant Hudsonien, 5 Chardonneret jaune - Patrick Laniel

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" - Sunday, November 15

We had a rare Bird Protection of Quebec, Sunday field trip in eastern Ontario.
Cloudy but a comfortable November morning to have a walk in this provincial park along the Outaouais river (45 minutes from Montreal). After we visited the Lafleche landfill area (exit 58 heading towards Ottawa on the 417) in search for a few rare bird species that were seen in the pass few days ( Pink-footed Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, etc.)
A group of 18 people (even a bird watcher from Germany) joined me on this trip, which is great considering the cool weather, location, time of year and all the events going on in and around Montreal. Also that rare Cave Swallow that all of Quebec's birdwatchers wanted to add on their life list.
A mix of songbirds and waterfowl species were observed in the morning (38 species) & Snow geese and other species in the afternoon (14 species) for a grand total of 44 species for the day. Bird of the morning was no doubt the close views of the adult & immature Bald Eagles. No doubt in the afternoon was the 10,000+ Snow Geese.

Voyageur Park Birds (AM)
Canada Geese (10,000) Gadwall (6) American Wigeon (3) American Black Duck (30) Mallard (24) Ring-necked Duck (100+) Lesser Scaup (60+) Bufflehead (10+) Common Goldeneye (3) (f) Hooded Merganser (60+) Common Merganser (10) Red-breasted Merganser (1) Common Loon (2) Great Blue Heron (2) Bald Eagle (2) Northern Goshawk (1) Rough-legged Hawk (1) Ring-billed Gull (xx)
Herring Gull (x) Great-backed Gull (2) Downy Woodpecker (3) Hairy Woodpecker (2) Pileated Woodpecker (2) Blue Jays (12) American Crow (10) Common raven (1) Black-capped Chickadee (24) Red-breasted Nuthatch (8 White-breasted Nuthatch (2) Brown creeper (1) Golden-crowned Kinglet (1) (m) American Robin (1) Cedar or Bohemian Waxwing species (6) American Tree Sparrow (6) Snow Bunting (150+) Purple Finch (2) Pine Siskin (40+) American Goldfinch (6)

Bernaches du Canada (10 000) Canard chipeau (6) Canard d'Amérique (3) Canard noir (30) Canard colvert (24) Fuligule à collier (100+) Fuligule à tête noire (60+) Petit Garrot (10+) Garrot à oeil d'or (3) (f ) Harle couronné (60+) Grand Harle (10) Harle huppé (1) Plongeon huard (2) Grand héron (2) Pygargue à tête blanche (2) Autour des palombes (1) Buse pattue (1) Goéland à bec cerclé (xx) Goéland argenté (x) Goéland marin (2) Pic mineur (3) Pic chevelu (2) Grand Pic (2) Geai Bleu (12) Corneille d'Amérique (10) Grand Corbeau (1) Mésange à tête noire (24) Sittelle à poitrine rousse (Sittelle à poitrine blanche 8 (2) Grimpereau brun (1) Roitelet à couronne dorée (1) (m) Merle d'Amérique (1) espèces Jaseur d'Amérique ou boréal (6) Bruant Hudsonien (6) Bruant des neiges (150 +) Roselin pourpré (2) Tarin des pins (40+) Chardonneret jaune (6)

Lafleche Landfill (PM)
Greater White-front Goose (1) Snow Goose (10,000+) Canada Goose (12) flyover) Cackling Goose (1) Northern Harrier (1) Rough-legged Hawk (1) (5 total between V & L on 417) Ring-billed Gull (x) Herring Gull (x) Great-backed Gull (x) Rock pigeon (4) Blue Jay (2) American Crow (6) Common Raven (2) Red-winged Blackbird (12)

Oie rieuse (1) Oie des neiges (10.000 +) Bernache du Canada (12) survol) Bernaches de Hutchins (1) Busard Saint-Martin (1) Buse pattue (1) (5 totale entre V & L sur 417) Goéland à bec cerclé (x) Goéland argenté (x) Goéland marin (x) Pigeon biset (4) Geai Bleu (2) Corneille d'Amérique (6) Grand Corbeau (2) Carouge à épaulettes (12)

Love Nature

Joël Coutuu

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sightings for Monday November 16

Ste-Catherine, Récré-O-Parc - map/carte 1 Cave Swallow (Hirondelle à front brun) - Patrick Laniel

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sightings for Sunday November 15

Ste-Catherine, Récré-O-Parc - map/carte
250 Canada Goose, 12 Mallard, 12 Common Merganser, 1 Common Loon, 4 Double-crested Cormorant, 125 Ring-billed Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 22 American Crow, 1 Common Raven, 1 Cave Swallow Seen by many observers. At 15:30 flying over the wooded area that encircles the bay to left of the stairs, 3 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 American Robin - Patrice Franche
1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Hairy Woodpecker - Jean-Francois Piche

250 Bernaches du Canada, 12 canard colvert, 12 Grand Harle, 1 Plongeon huard, 4 Cormoran à aigrettes, 125 Goéland à bec cerclé, 25 Goéland argenté, 12 Goéland marin, 22 Corneille d'Amérique, 1 Grand Corbeau, 1 Hirondelle à front brun Vu par plusieurs observateurs. À 15h30, survolait le boisé qui ceinture la baie à gauche de l'escalier. 3 mésange à tête noire, 1 Merle d'Amérique - Patrice Franche
1 Grand Héron, 1 Pic chevelu - Jean-Francois Piche

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sightings For Saturday November 14

After about 3 hours of searching without success both in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Chambly this morning and early afternoon for one of the Franklin's Gulls seen in the last few days, Darlene and I decided to check out the Ornitho-QC postings for today to see if anyone had come across the birds at any point other than very early this morning. There were no reports however there were two postings, one from Pierre Bannon and one from Samuel Denault.

Both were reporting one, and possibly two, Cave Swallows in the bay at Ste-Catherine, Récré-O-Parc - map/carte. We left St-Jean and upon arriving at the locks at Ste-Catherine, we saw a line-up of about 7 or 8 cars parked along the top of the cliff just past the bridge. We decided to go a little further along the road to a clearing on the right where we could see down into the bay. Darlene almost immediately noticed two swallow-like birds swooping around a bushy clump in the shallow water below. Seeing that they were the only two swallow-like birds visible, we figured it must be them. We returned to where the cars were parked. A birder returning to his car said that definitely the two birds were cave swallows. He suggested following the path off to the left at the bottom of the stairs and that we would eventually run into a large group of birders.

Success...a lifer for both of us! 2 Cave swallows Hirondelle à front brun at the western end of the bay we found a group of about a dozen birders, at water-level, just across from the bushy clump we had seen from above. The two birds were very active and, at times, very close to the shore, offering up great views.

Get them while you can. Who knows if they will stick around and, will they be able to find enough food to survive. If I were them I'd want to be heading off to warmer territory pretty quickly.

Thanks to Pierre and Samuel for tipping off the local birding community to their great discovery. - Sheldon Harvey
Fort Chambly, map/carte: 16 species - 1500 Canada Goose, 3 American Black Duck, 50 Mallard, 10 Common Merganser, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, 20 Bonaparte's Gull, 1 Little Gull, 300 Ring-billed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 4 Rock Pigeon, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 3 Blue Jay, 2 American Crow, 1 Common Raven, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 5 European Starling

16 espèces - 1500 Bernache du Canada, 3 Canard noir, 50 Canard colvert, 10 Grand harle, 1 Cormoran à aigrettes, 20 Mouette de Bonaparte, 1 Mouette pygmée, 300 Goéland à bec cerclé, 1 Goéland argenté, 4 Pigeon biset, 1 Pic mineur, 3 Geai bleu, 2 Corneille d'Amérique, 1 Grand Corbeau, 1 Sittelle à poitrine blanche, 5 Étourneau sansonnet - Pierre Bergeron Raymond Belhumeur
Saint-Jean-sur Richelieu, Halte Cayer map/carte: 23 species - 300 Snow Goose, 1 Ross's Goose, 2000 Canada Goose, 12 American Black Duck, 35 Mallard, 3 Bufflehead, 250 Common Goldeneye, 3 Hooded Merganser, 50 Common Merganser, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, 8 Bonaparte's Gull, 3 Franklin's Gull, 75 Ring-billed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Rock Pigeon, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Blue Jay, 2 American Crow, 3 Black-capped Chickadee, 10 European Starling, 1 American Goldfinch, 2 House Sparrow

23 espèces - 300 Oies des neiges, 1 Oie de Ross, 2000 Bernaches du Canada , 12 Canard noir, 35 Canard colvert, 3 Petit Garrot, 250 Garrots à oeil d'or, 3 Harle couronné, 50 Grand Harle, 1 Cormoran à aigrettes, 8 Mouette de Bonaparte, 3 Mouette deFranklin , 75 Goéland à bec cerclé, 2 Goéland argenté, 1 Goéland marin 4 Pigeon biset, 1 Pic mineur, 2 Geai bleu, 2 Corneille d'Amérique, 3 Mésange à tête noire, 10 Étourneau sansonnet, 1 Chardonneret jaune, 2 Moineau domestique - Pierre Bergeron

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" Sunday, November 15

Sunday, November 15 –  dimanche 15 novembre
Voyageur Provincial Park, Ontario  (Meeting place- lieu de rencontre)
GuideJoël Coutu  e-mail
8:00 a.m.  Meet at the Ontario Travel Information Centre on Highway 417. From Montreal take  Highway 40 west in the direction of Ottawa/Gatineau. The information centre is 2.6 km west of the Québec/Ontario border after Highway 40 changes to Highway 417. An interesting park with different habitats including mature forests, fields, small wooded areas and small bays on the Outaouais River. Looking for dabbling and diving ducks, geese, raptors, sparrows and possibly an owl. Please bring footwear (rubber boots/hiking boots) suitable for wet grass conditions…etc… Half day.
8 h 00.  Rendez-vous au Centre d’information des voyageurs de l’Ontario sur l’Autoroute 417. De Montréal, prendre l’ autoroute 40 ouest, en direction d’Ottawa / Gatineau . Le centre d’information est situé 2,6 km à l’ouest de la frontière Québec / Ontario après que l’autoroute 40 devienne l’autoroute 417. Un parc intéressant avec différents habitats, notamment des forêts matures, des champs, de petites zones boisées et de petites baies sur la rivière des Outaouais. Nous serons à la recherche des canards barboteurs et plongeurs, des oies, des rapaces, passereaux, et peut-être un hibou . Merci de vous munir de chaussures (bottes en caoutchouc / bottes de randonnée) adaptées aux conditions de prairie humide. Demi-journée.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Sightings for Sunday November 8

I saw a magnificent mature Bald eagle (Pygargue à tête blanche) soaring over the Riviere du Nord, just north of St. Jerome, today (Nov 8) at 3 pm. Dark wings broad as a plank, brilliant white head and tail. - Pat Stotland

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" - Saturday, November 7

17 people participated in today's field trip that started out under a light sprinkle in Chambly, but the skies quickly cleared and the rest of morning was mostly clear with sun and light winds, making for ideal lighting conditions. Thanks to everyone who found their way around the various construction headaches. I hope your tip home was uneventful!

Our total species count for the day was 33, with highlights being a Peregrine Falcon, a Red-necked Grebe and a White-winged Scoter, as well as a hybrid Mallard/Am. Black Duck, all in Chambly.

I'll split the numbers between the two locations. Note that the numbers particularly for the Canada Geese, Scaup, Common Goldeneye and Ring-billed Gulls:are rough estimates. - Sheldon Harvey

Chambly: Canada Goose - 2000 +, Wood Duck - 7, American Black Duck - 24, Mallard/Am. Black Duck Hybrid - 1, Mallard - 30, Northern Pintail - 2, Greater & Lesser Scaup - 150 - predominantly Lesser, White-winged Scoter - 1, Bufflehead - 3, Common Goldeneye - 30, Common Merganser - 25, Red-breasted Merganser - 3, Red-necked Grebe -1, Double-crested Cormorant - 5, Great Blue Heron - 2, Peregrine Falcon - 1, Bonaparte's Gull - 12, Ring-billed Gull - 125, Herring Gull - 3, Great Black-backed Gull - 2, Rock Pigeon - 20, American Crow - 4, White-breasted Nuthatch - 1, American Robin -2, European Starling - 10, Northern Cardinal - 2, American Goldfinch - 4, House Sparrow - 5

Bernache du Canada - 2 000 +, Canard branchu - 7, Canard noir - 24, Canard colvert / Canard noir, hybride - 1, Canard colvert - 30, Canard pilet - 2, Fuligule milouinan et Petit Fuligule - 150, Macreuse brune - 1, Petit Garrot - 3, Garrot - 30, Grand harle - 25, Harle huppé - 3, Grèbe jougris -1, Cormoran à aigrettes - 5, Grand héron - 2, Faucon pèlerin - 1, Mouette de Bonaparte - 12, Goéland à bec cerclé - 125, Goéland argenté - 3, Goéland marin - 2, Pigeon biset - 20, Corneille d'Amérique - 4, Sittelle à poitrine blanche - 1, Merle d'Amérique -2, Étourneau sansonnet - 10, Cardinal rouge - 2, Chardonneret jaune - 4, Moineau domestique - 5

St-Jean-sur-Richelieu: Canada Goose - 5500+, Mallard - 30, Greater & Lesser Scaup - 100+ mixed, Common Goldeneye - 1000+, Hooded Merganser - 2, Common Merganser - 30, Double-crested Cormorant - 5, Ring-billed Gull - 300, Great Black-backed Gull - 8, Downy Woodpecker - 1, Blue Jay - 4, American Crow - 4, Black-capped Chickadee - 8, White-breasted Nuthatch - 1, House Sparrow - 8

Bernache du Canada - 5500+, Canard colvert - 30, Grand & Fuligule à tête noire - 100+ mélangé, Garrots à oeil d'or - 1000, Harle couronné - 2, Grand harle - 30, Cormoran à aigrettes - 5, Goéland à bec cerclé - 300, Goéland marin - 8, Pic mineur - 1, Geai bleue - 4, Corneille d'Amérique - 4, Mésange à tête noire - 8, Sittelle à poitrine blanche - 1, Moineau domestique - 8

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Sightings for Wednesday November 4

Fort Chambly, 22 species: 800 Canada Goose, 2 American Wigeon, 32 American Black Duck, 350 Mallard, 1 White-winged Scoter, 4 Hooded Merganser, 90 Common Merganser, 4 Double-crested Cormorant, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Turkey Vulture, 136 Bonaparte's Gull, 100 Ring-billed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 7 Rock Pigeon, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Blue Jay, 1 American Crow, 2 Black-capped Chickadee, 6 European Starling, 11 Pine Siskin, 5 American Goldfinch, 3 House Sparrow - Patrick Laniel

2 Northern Pintail, 5 Greater Scaup, 150 Lesser Scaup, 25 Common Goldeneye - Michel Bertrand

22 espèces: 800 Bernaches du Canada, 2 Canard d'Amérique, 32 Canard noir, 350 Canard colvert, 1 Macreuse brune, 4 Harle couronné, 90 Grand Harle, 4 Cormoran à aigrettes, 1 Great Blue héron, 1 Urubu à tête rouge, Semblait Suivre La Rivière Vers le Sud, 136 Mouette de Bonaparte, 100 Goéland à bec cerclé, 2 Goéland argenté, 7 Pigeon biset, 1 Pic mineur, 1 Geai bleu, 1 Corneille d'Amérique, 2 Mésange à tête noire, 6 Étourneau sansonnet, 11 Tarin des pins, 5 Chardonneret jaune, 3 Moineau domestique - Patrick Laniel

2 Canard pilet, 5 Fuligule milouinan, 150 Petit Fuligule, 25 Garrot à oeil d'or - Michel Bertrand

Tuesday, November 03, 2015


ADDITIONAL NOTE: Re the adjusted directions, I have just been advised that a left turn off of de Perigny on to Bourgogne is not permitted. Instead do the following:

NOTE: A left turn is not permitted on Bourgogne off of de Perigny. Instead, take the exit on the right just before the traffic lights then turn left at the stop sign which puts you on to Bourgogne. Follow ave. Bourgogne to the main entrance to Fort Chambly, parking lot on the right.. Sorry for the inconvenience - Sheldon Harvey

Monday, November 02, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" - Saturday, October 31

Twenty-one birders were treated to sunny skies, moderate temperatures (peaking at 6C) and LIGHT WINDS for today's walk around Parc Nature Cap St Jacques. Maybe the weather was TOO nice. Bird life was quiet with very few ducks in the channel separating the park from Ile Bizard and a smaller than usual variety of passerine species. A large raft of Scaup was seen west of the park on the Lake of Two Mountains but were much, much too distant for trying to separate the two species.

For those interested in a little more information on two of the topics we discussed today here are a couple of links

Native versus Oriental Bittersweet

Downy Woodpeckers and Goldenrod Gall

Our complete list of 33 species included: Canada Goose - 100, American Black Duck - 4, Mallard - 20, Scaup sp. - 1000+, Black Scoter - 1, Bufflehead - 2, Common Goldeneye - 2, Hooded Merganser - 4, Red-breasted Merganser - 2, Great Blue Heron - 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1, Cooper's Hawk - 1, Red-tailed Hawk - 1, Ring-billed Gull - 12, Mourning Dove - 5, Downy Woodpecker - 1, Hairy Woodpecker - 6, Pileated Woodpecker - 1, Blue Jay - 4, American Crow - 20, Black-capped Chickadee - 15, White-breasted Nuthatch - 10, Brown Creeper - 10, American Robin - 100, European Starling - 100, Cedar Waxwing - 5, Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1, American Tree Sparrow - 6, White-throated Sparrow - 2, Dark-eyed Junco - 10, Northern Cardinal 4, Common Grackle - 200 (All in one group), American Goldfinch - 20 

Bernache du Canada - 100, Canard noir - 4, Canard colvert - 20, Fuligule sp. - 1000, Macreuse noire - 1, Petit Garrot - 2, Garrot à oeil d'or - 2, Harle couronné - 4, Harle huppé - 2, Grand Héron - 1, Épervier brun - 1, Épervier de Cooper - 1, Buse à queue rousse - 1, Goéland à bec cerclé - 12, Tourterelle triste - 5, Pic mineur - 1, Pic chevelu - 6, Grand Pic - 1, Geai bleu - 4, Corneille d'Amérique - 20, Mésange à tête noire - 15, Blanc Sittelle à poitrine - 10, Grimpereau brun - 10, Merle d'Amérique - 100, Étourneau sansonnet - 100, Jaseur d'Amérique - 5, Paruline à croupion jaune - 1, Bruant Hudsonien - 6, Bruant à gorge blanche - 2, Junco ardoisé - 10, Cardinal Rouge 4, Quiscale bronzé - 200 (Tout en un groupe), Chardonneret jaune - 20 - Wayne Grubert
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