Monday, May 16, 2016

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" Sunday May15

Montréal, Parc-nature de l’île-de-la-Visitation

Sunday morning's BPQ field trip was cold & very windy but we still had some interesting moments and the morning wasn't as bad as predicted. A total of 12 brave people appeared this morning to see some of the birds species here at l'île de la Visitation. Historically the next 10 days in the park are the best to see many spring migrating species, but this morning was a very calm day, with windy & cold conditions.

Might be very interesting on this upcoming BPQ walk for warblers this Wednesday.

A total of 50 species were seen and heard (a few new species were observed by some members & myself (3) after most of the group left). This morning we enjoyed watching the female Canada Goose, wing covering her 7 goslings. Duck species were Wood, Mallard, Black, Wigeon & Hooded Merganser. The park's mascot & most likely the best place to see Night-crowned Herons on the island of Montreal, was at his usual spot. Our resident Eastern Screech-Owl, who seemed warm & comfortable in his tree cavity seemed unfazed by the group. Warbling Vireos, Yellow Warblers, seem the only species singing this morning with the strong winds (25km/h). A boreal species seem comfortable in this weather like Pine Siskins seen feeding in trees with local species. Only 7 species of warblers, which is low for this time of year in the park (15 species is more the norm, proving it's a late spring for certain species) was seen or heard. Yellow, Redstart, Black-throated, Yellow-rumped, Chestnut-sided (1st year male), Northern Parula & Nashville Warblers. A beautiful male & heavily marked femelle Baltimore Orioles were observed feeding low in the trees.
All the species and details plus more than 40 photos can be seen on the eBird list:

Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Hooded Merganser, Double-crested Cormorant, Black-Crowned Night-Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Dove, Eastern screech owl, Chimney Swift, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phebe, Great-crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Common Crow, Northern Raven, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Nashville Warbler, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Baltimore Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Bernache du Canada, Canard colvert, Canard branchu, Canard d'Amérique, Harle couronné, Cormoran à aigrettes, Bihoreau gris, Épervier de Cooper, Chevalier grivelé, Goéland à bec cerclé, Goéland argenté, Pigeon biset, Petit duc maculé, Martinet ramoneur, Pic chevelu, Pic mineur, Pic flaboyant, Moucherolle phébi , Tyran huppé, Viréo à tête bleue, Viréo mélodieux, Viréo aux yeux rouges, Corneille d'Amérique, Grand Corbeau, Hirondelle bicolore, Mésange à tête noire, Sittelle à poitrine blanche, Roitelet à couronne rubis, Merle d'Amérique, Moqueur chat, Étourneau sansonnet, Paruline à joues grises, Paruline flamboyante, Paruline jaune, Paruline à croupion jaune, Paruline à collier, Paruline bleue, Paruline à flancs marron, Bruant chanteur, Bruant à gorge blanche, Bruant familier, Cardinal rouge, Oriole de Baltimore, Carouge à épaulettes, Quiscale bronzé, Vacher à tête brune,Roselin familier, Tarin des pins, Chardonneret jaune, Moineau domestique

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