Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bird Protection Quebec Field Trip - Saturday, 15 September

Saturday 15 September- samedi 15 septembre
George H. Montgomery Bird Sanctuary, Philipsburg, QC

 map/carte https://goo.gl/maps/y4UwW (Meeting Place Location)

Leader: Sandy Montgomery 514-212-6208  e-mail

8:30 a.m. Meet at the defunct Motel Frontière. From Montreal take the Champlain Bridge, Highway 10 east to exit 22, Highway 35 south to St. Jean to join Highway 133 south to Philipsburg. Now that the motel has been demolished the location is not easy to see from the southbound side of the road so continue towards the border crossing. Immediately before the border buildings take the well- marked U-turn on the left to cross over to the northbound side of the road. Look on your right for the large white sign telling drivers to fasten their seat belts - the entrance to the old motel site and the parking area isimmediately beyond it. Note that there are two gravelled entrances - do NOT take the first, it is washed out and impassable; the second entry is excellent. Good choice of trails from long and strenuous to short and easy. Looking for migrating passerines, waterfowl and hawks. Half Day.

8h30 Rassemblement au défunt Motel Frontière. De Montréal, traverser le pont Champlain et continuer sur l'autoroute 10 est. Prendre la sortie 22 et rejoindre l'autoroute 35 sud. Continuer sur celle-ci jusqu'à Saint-Jean. De là continuer sur l'autoroute 133 sud en direction de Philipsburg. Maintenant que le motel a été démoli le stationnement est difficile de voir du côté sud de la route. Donc, continuer vers le poste frontalier . Juste avant les bâtiments de passage, prendre le bien-marquée demi-tour sur la gauche pour passer sur la direction du nord côté de la route. Chercher le grand panneau blanc indiquant aux conducteurs de boucler leur ceinture de sécurité sur votre droite - l'entrée sur le site vieux motel et le stationnement est immédiatement au-delà. Bonne variété de sentiers dont les niveaux de difficulté vont de longs et ardus à courts et faciles. Espèces recherchées : passereaux en migration, sauvagine et rapaces diurnes. Demi-journée.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

BPQ Field Trip Report - Saturday, September 8 - Ile Charron and Parc des Iles de Boucherville

20 birders joined the trip today at Ile Charron. Sky was blue all morning and temperature was mild, making it a really enjoyable morning for birding.

Northern wind and colder night made it favourable for some migration movement, and birds were active all morning. We encountered several flocks of warblers as well as thrushes, flycatchers, etc.

We started by the area in the back of the water treatment plant before moving into the park. The SEPAQ open day made it even nicer as it was free to access Boucherville park today - we even got a free pass for our next visit!

At the end of the morning, our day list reached 55 species including 10 species of warblers. The list is presented below.

Bird of the day was the Olive-sided Flycatcher observed several times and at short distance.

Thanks to all who joined making it a nice morning!  - Frédéric Hareau

PN des Îles-de-Boucherville, Longueuil, Quebec, CA

8 sept. 2018 07:20 - 12:00

6.0 kilomètre(s)

55 espèces

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 1
Blue-winged Teal 1
Mallard 12
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Ring-billed Gull 20
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1

Belted Kingfisher 2
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 4
American Kestrel 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 3

Blue-headed Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 3

Warbling Vireo 8

Red-eyed Vireo 4
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Winter Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush 3
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling 60
Cedar Waxwing 2
Purple Finch 3

American Goldfinch 6
Song Sparrow 20
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Common Grackle 50
Northern Waterthrush 1
Tennessee Warbler 10
Common Yellowthroat 3

American Redstart 12
Cape May Warbler 4

Magnolia Warbler 20

Bay-breasted Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 1

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Bird Protection Quebec Field Trip - Saturday, 6 September

Saturday - 8 September- samedi 8 septembre
Ile Charron and Parc des Iles de Boucherville


Leader: Frédéric Hareau
514-805-8491 (cell phone on the day of the trip only – cellulaire pour le jour de la sortie seulement)

 7:30 a.m. From south shore (132 or Highway 20). Take 25 north, then take exit 1 toward Parc des Iles de Boucherville. From North shore (Metropolitain), take 25 south / tunnel Lafontaine, and then as soon as you leave the tunnel, take exit 1 toward Parc des Iles de Boucherville. We will meet in Front of the old Hotel des Gouverneurs, on the road to the Parc des Iles de Boucherville. Admission: $8:50 per person. We will explore different habitats on Ile Charron and Parc des Iles de Boucherville : lake, river, wooded areas looking for waterfowl, raptors, songbirds that are numerous in the area at this time of the year. Half-day trip.

7h30 Depuis la rive sud (132 ou autoroute 30), prendre la 25 Nord, puis la sortie 1 vers le parc des Iles de Boucherville. Depuis la rive Nord (Métropolitaine), prendre la 25 sud vers le tunnel Lafontaine, puis juste après la sortie du tunnel, la sortie 1 vers le parc des Iles de Boucherville. Rendez-vous en face de l’ancien Hôtel des Gouverneurs sur le chemin vers le parc des Iles de Boucherville. Entrée du parc: 8.50$ par personne. Nous explorerons plusieurs habitats, boisés, lac et baies sur l’ile Charron et dans le parc à la rechercher des canards plongeurs et barboteurs, des rapaces et des passereaux qui sont nombreux à cette époque de l’année. Demi-journée.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Sightings for Monday September 3

te-Martine, Domaine-de-la-Pêche-au-Saumon - map/carte
6 Killdeer,1 Stilt Sandpiper (was with the  Baird's and Lesser sandpipers), 1 Baird's Sandpiper, 12 Least Sandpiper, 6 Spotted Sandpiper, 30 Lesser Yellowlegs

6 Pluvier kildir, 1 Bécasseau à échasses (L`oiseau était avec les minuscule et de Baird) Bécasseau de Baird, 12 Bécasseau minuscule, 6 Chevalier grivelé, 30 Petit chevalier - Denise Simonl


Saturday, September 01, 2018

PQ Field Trip Report - Saturday, September 1 - Dundee, QC

16 birders were actually happy to see some overcast skies today at the Lac St-Francois Reserve in Dundee. It was already 20 degrees C. early in the morning and the humidity was rising quickly. The clouds throughout most of the morning helped to keep the scorching rays under wraps. The birds seemed a little quiet, not expending too much energy throughout the morning. Persistence paid off though as what we thought would be a short species list turned into a respectable 50 species for this time of the year. We were also very please to welcome Mustafa Kasapoglu, from Turkey, in Montreal to visit his daughter at McGill University. Thanks to Bob and Anne Tittler for giving him a lift to the field trip. Just about all the birds he saw were lifers for him. Now on to today's results.

Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 4
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 6
Osprey 8

Ring-billed Gull 4
Caspian Tern 1
Rock Pigeon 20
Mourning Dove 8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Merlin 1
Alder Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird 3
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed VIreo 3
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 12
Tree Swallow 30
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 6
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 12
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 2
Cape May Warbler 2

Magnolia Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 20
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6

Red-winged Blackbird 250
Common Grackle 5
Baltimore Oriole 1
Purple Finch 4
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 1

Sheldon Harvey & Wayne Grubert

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sightings for Thursday August 30

Philipsburg, RN Baie-Missisquoi map/carte
50 Semipalmated Plover, 4 Killdeer, 2 Sanderling, 30 Baird's Sandpiper, 100 Least Sandpiper, 2 White-rumped Sandpiper, 25 Pectoral Sandpiper, 75 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Wilson's Phalarope, with Pierre Casavant, 5 Red-necked Phalarope, with Pierre Casavant, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 15 Greater Yellowlegs, 150 Lesser Yellowlegs - plus 22 other species

50 Pluvier semipalmé, 4 Pluvier kildir, 2 Bécasseau sanderling, 30 Bécasseau de Baird, 100 Bécasseau minuscule, 2 Bécasseau à croupion blanc, 25 Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée,  75 Bécasseau semipalmé, 1 Phalarope de Wilson En compagnie de Pierre Casavant, 5 Phalarope à bec étoit En compagnie de Pierre Casavant1 Chevalier solitaire, 15 Grand Chevalier, 100 Petit chevalier - plus 22 autres espèces - Ghislaine Boulet, Réal Boulet

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

IMPORTANT NEWS: Bird Protection Quebec announces its latest property acquisition

Bird Protection Quebec, founded in 1917, is the oldest bird conservation oriented not-for-profit charity in Canada.
As we enter our second century of bird and bird habitat protection, Bird Protection Quebec is pleased and proud to announce our latest acquisition, approximately 87 acres of land on the north-east side of Montée Biggar, https://goo.gl/maps/qJDw4v4f6Nn in the municipality of Godmanchester, Quebec, on August 13, 2018.
This newly protected property is approximately 1700 meters (5579 feet) long by 210 meters (689 feet) wide, located north-west of the city of Huntingdon. Montée Biggar runs north-west from Ridge Road to 4e Rang and is approximately 2.25 kilometers in length.
Montée Biggar is known as one of the most productive birding spots in south-western Quebec, with hundreds of birding enthusiasts visiting the site each year to experience the diversity of species found there. Since the beginning of 2018, 124 species of birds have been found on the site. Looking back on eBird for the last 10 years, no less than 174 species have been spotted.
Montée Biggar is perhaps best known as a significant breeding ground for the endangered Golden-winged Warbler as well as the hybrid Brewster’s Warbler. Many other interesting species have been discovered breeding here including Eastern Towhee, Indigo Bunting, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Field Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Black-billed Cuckoo and numerous species of warblers.
A special event will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 9 am. Bird Protection Quebec will officially inaugurate the new Montée Biggar sanctuary. Members of the Board of Directors will give a presentation. This will be followed by a field trip along Montée Biggar. Full details of the event will be made available as the date approaches. We hope that you will join us on this special day.
Protection des oiseaux du Québec annonce sa dernière acquisition de propriété
Protection des oiseaux du Québec, fondée en 1917, est la plus ancienne organisation caritative sans but lucratif axée sur la conservation des oiseaux au Canada.
À l’orée de notre deuxième siècle de protection des oiseaux et de leurs habitats, Protection des oiseaux du Québec est fière et heureuse d’annoncer sa dernière acquisition, une propriété d’environ 87 acres de terres situées du côté nord-est de la montée Biggar, https://goo.gl/maps/qJDw4v4f6Nn dans la municipalité de Godmanchester, au Québec, en date du 13 août 2018.
Cette nouvelle aire protégée d’environ 1700 mètres (5579 pieds) de longueur par 210 mètres (689 pieds) de largeur se trouve plus précisément au nord-ouest de la ville de Huntingdon. Elle est bordée par la montée Biggar, qui a une longueur d’environ 2,25 km et est orientée nord-ouest à partir du chemin Ridge jusqu’au 4e Rang.
La montée Biggar est reconnue comme l’un des meilleurs sites d’observation des oiseaux dans le sud-ouest du Québec, et chaque année des centaines d’ornithologistes amateurs s’y rendent observer la très grande diversité d’espèces qu’on y trouve. Depuis le début de 2018, 124 espèces d’oiseaux ont été observées sur le site, et d’après la base de données eBird, pas moins de 174 espèces y ont été répertoriées dans les 10 dernières années.
La montée Biggar est peut-être mieux connue comme site de reproduction de la Paruline à ailes dorées, une espèce menacée, de même que de la Paruline de Brewster, un hybride. Plusieurs autres espèces intéressantes nichent également sur ces terres, notamment le Tohi à flancs roux, le Passerin indigo, le Moqueur roux, le Moqueur chat, le Bruant des champs, le Piranga écarlate, le Pic à ventre roux, le Coulicou à bec noir et de nombreuses espèces de parulines.
Un événement spécial aura lieu le samedi 6 octobre 2018, à 9 heures. Protection des oiseaux du Québec procédera à l’inauguration officielle du nouveau sanctuaire de la montée Biggar. À cette occasion, des membres de notre conseil d’administration feront une présentation. Suivra une sortie sur le terrain le long de la montée Biggar. Les détails de l’événement vous seront transmis quelque temps avant la date prévue, et nous espérons que vous vous joindrez à nous en ce jour spécial.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bird Protection Quebec Field Trip - Saturday, 1 September

Saturday - 1 September- samedi 1 septembre
Dundee(La Réserve Nationale de Faune du Lac Saint-François)

Leaders: Sheldon Harvey
450-462-1459 /Cell # on Saturday morning 514-637-2141  e-mail

Wayne Grubert
514-774-0811 Cell (PLEASE use only on morning of trip)  e-mail

8:00 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Centre parking lot. If you are taking the Mercier Bridge from Montreal go (left) east on Highway 132 for 4.5km to Highway 730. Take Highway 730 to its junction with Highway 30. Proceed west on Highway 30 for approximately 33 km to the exit for Highway 530. Take Highway 530 until its end. Turn left onto Highway 132, crossing the bridge, and continue approximately 33km past Sainte-Barbe and Saint-Anicet to Cazaville. Continue another 8 km on Hwy 132 past Cazaville to chemin-de-le-Pointe-Fraser. Turn right on this road and meet at the visitor centre parking lot about 1 km along on the left.

An alternative route, especially from the West Island, is to take Hwy 20 or 40 west past Vaudreuil-Dorion to Highway 30. Take Highway 30 (Toll $2.50) and then exit onto Highway 530 and continue as per instructions above.
Allow about 1.5 hours from Montreal. Looking for waterfowl, raptors, and migrating passerines. Half day.
8h00 Rassemblement dans le stationnement de l'Accueil. Rassemblement dans le stationnement de l'Accueil. Si vous arrivez depuis le pont Mercier en provenance de Montréal, prenez vers l’est (gauche) sur la route 132 pour 4.5 km jusqu’ à l'autoroute 730. Prendre l'autoroute 730 jusqu'à sa jonction avec l'autoroute 30. Continuez vers l'ouest sur l'autoroute 30 pendant environ 33 km jusqu’à la sortie vers l'autoroute 530. Prendre l'autoroute 530 jusqu'au bout. Tournez à gauche sur la route 132, traverser le pont et continuer environ 33 km, en passant par Sainte-Barbe et Saint-Anicet jusqu’à Cazaville. Continuez encore 8 km sur la route 132 passé Cazaville jusqu’au Chemin de la Pointe-Fraser. Tournez à droite sur cette route et rendez-vous au stationnement du centre d’accueil sur la gauche à environ 1 km.

Un itinéraire alternatif, en particulier depuis l’Ouest de l’Ile de Montréal, consiste à prendre l'autoroute 20 ou 40 ouest passé Vaudreuil-Dorion jusqu’à l'autoroute 30. Prenez l'autoroute 30 (frais de 2,50 $), puis sortez sur l'autoroute 530 et continuer en suivant les instructions données ci-dessus.
Prévoir environ 1h à 1h30 de route à partir de la région de Montréal. Espèces recherchées : sauvagine, rapaces, passereaux en migration. Demi-journée.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

BPQ Field trip report for Aug 25, 2018 at PN du Bois-de-l'île-Bizard

On this warm and sunny day seventeen birders joined the BPQ walk. Temperature with the humidity was well into the 30’s by the end of the day. If cicadas were birds they would have been the most numerous counted on this day. They were singing throughout most of the walk.

If Hema Quebec collected mosquitos they might solve the blood shortage as many of us were robbed of our blood during the walk. 

All of the usually filled water swamps were completely dry and the normally running streams were also barren of water.  Sadly there is no signs of advancement of work on the boardwalk across the little pond. Due to the height of the cattails and phragmites it was hard to get good views of the ponds, some ventured out onto the unstable dock remnants to get better views. 

Besides the high Grackle numbers due to them flocking already, Goldfinches were the second most numerous bird. Followed closely behind by Red-eyed Vireos and Chickadees. Surprising was the number of Orioles and Flickers. Blow is the list of 40 species seen during the walk.

Thank you to all that showed up for the walk and hope to see you the next time.


6.21 kilometer(s)
40 species

Canada Goose  7
Blue-winged Teal  6     2 flew off leaving 4 still on the water.
Mallard  6
Green-winged Teal  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Ring-billed Gull  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2

Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  10
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  7
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  20
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  2
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  3
Cedar Waxwing  2
American Goldfinch  24
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  2
Baltimore Oriole  8
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  100
Common Yellowthroat  2

American Redstart  6
Magnolia Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  8

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Sightings for Saturday August 25

Verdun: Ile-des-Soeurs, Parc du Club Marin - Prairie Warbler / Paruline des prés - Daniel Jauvin

Friday, August 24, 2018

Sightings for Friday August 24

Verdun: Ile-des-Soeurs, Parc du Club Marin - map/carte

Prairie Warbler / Paruline des prés - Louis Lemay, Robert Faucher et Lise Paquette

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Bird Protection Quebec Field Trip - Saturday, Aug. 25,

Ile-Bizard Nature Park (de l'Eglise entrance)
Time: 7:30 am - Half-day walking trip
Leader: Mathias Mutzl
INFO: Tel: 514-298-7090 - E-mail

Google Map to Rendezvous Point on Mtee de l'Eglise

Directions: 7:30a.m. Hwy 40; exit St. Jean Blvd north to Gouin Blvd; left (west) on Gouin to Jacques Bizard Blvd; right (north) on Jacques Bizard Blvd, over bridge to Blvd Chevremont; left (west) on Chevremont to Montée de l'Église; right (north) on de l'Église. After 0.7 km the parking lot is on your right. Parking: $9.00. Half day.

7h30 De l'autoroute 40, prendre la sortie pour le boul. St-Jean nord et continuer sur celui-ci jusqu'au boul. Gouin. Tourner à gauche (ouest) sur Gouin et continuer jusqu'au boul. Jacques-Bizard. Tourner à droite (nord) sur Jacques-Bizard et traverser le pont. Tourner à gauche (ouest) sur le boul. Chevremont et continuer jusqu'à la Montée de l'Église. Tourner à droite (nord) sur celle-ci et continuer pour 0.7 km. Le parking se trouve sur votre droite. 
Stationnement : 9,00 $.Demi-journée

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sightings for Monday August 21

RN Baie-Missisquoi, map /carte3 Stilt Sandpiper, 1 Baird's Sandpiper, 2 White-rumped Sandpiper plus 26 other species / Bécasseau à échasses de , 1 Bécasseau  de Baird, 2 Bécasseaux à croupion blanc plus 26 autres espèces - Réal Boulet

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sightings for Tuesday August 14

Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Prairies, Montréal:Secteur pavillon des Marais - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is still present / Dendrocygne à ventre noir Présence connue - Sylvain Lépine


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sightings for Sunday August 12

Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Prairies, Montréal:Secteur pavillon des Marais - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is still present / Dendrocygne à ventre noir Présence connue Charlie Nims


Sightings for Saturday August 11

Piedmont: Broad-winged hawk / Petite buse Immature - Rosita Labrie

2018 BPQ Summer Series Trip #6 Report - Sat. Aug. 11

9 birders participated in a driving trip starting out in St-Lazare, heading west through Ste-Marthe, St-Justin de Newton, across the Quebec/Ontario border and north to the Carillon Dam at Pointe-Fortune, QC. It was a beautiful sunny, warm day as we explored a variety of habitats. We were pleasantly surprised with a nice mix of shorebirds in an unlikely spot; a shallow pond of water in the midst of a buckwheat field on the Quebec/Ontario border near the town of St-Eugene, ON. We finished the day with an impressive species count of 64. Here is our list for the day. We haven't broken it down into specific areas that this point, but we're working on it, for e-Bird purposes. Thanks to all who participated.
Canada Goose 16
Mallard 2
Northern Shoveler 2
Double-crested Cormorant 75
Great Blue Heron 10
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 15
Osprey 3
Bald Eagle 2
Northern Harrier 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 25
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 15
Least Sandpiper 2
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Ring-billed Gull 200
Herring Gull 3
Great Black-backed Gull 3
Rock Pigeon 24
Mourning Dove 40
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Belted Kingfisher 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Merlin 1
Eastern Phoebe 10
Eastern Kingbird 8
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 15
Common Raven 4
Cliff Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 50
Black-capped Chickadee 10
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 6
European Starling 75
Cedar Waxwing 5
American Redstart 1
Cape May Warbler 2
Magnolia Warbler 1
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 6
Scarlet Tanager 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 6
Baltimore Oriole 3
Purple Finch 2
American Goldfinch 50
House Sparrow 6
Sheldon Harvey

Thursday, August 09, 2018

BPQ 2018 Summer Series Trip #6

Carillon Dam, Pointe-Fortune, QC
DATE: Saturday, August 11, 2018
SPECIAL TIME: 7:00 AM - Half-day outing, driving trip
Leader: Sheldon Harvey
TEL: 514-637-2141; e-mail: ve2shw@yahoo.com

MEETING PLACE: Hudson Inn at Exit 17 off of Highway 40.
Meet in the parking lot
Google Map to rendezvous Point: 

ITINERARY: From the Hudson Inn, we will drive south on Highway 201 into St-Lazare checking ch. de Fief, We then head west towards the Quebec/Ontario border along ch. Ste-Marie,through Ste-Marthe & Ste-Justine de Newton, then heading across the Quebec/Ontario border to Lemieux Road & La Grande Montee Road, continuing north to the Carillon Dam in Pointe Fortune.

BPQ field trips are open and free to all; members and non-members of BPQ alike. No reservations necessary. 

Sheldon Harvey

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Sightings for Wednesday August 8

Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Prairies, Montréal: Secteur pavillon des Marais - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is still present / Dendrocygne à ventre noir Présence connue - Joe McGill , Patrick McGill


Sunday, August 05, 2018

BPQ 2018 Summer Series Trip #5 - Report

20 birders turned out on a hot and humid morning at Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies, at the eastern end of Montreal island. We welcomed the overcast skies as that helped to keep the heat down...somewhat. While we all hoped for a great number of birds, there was one star celebrity bird that everyone was hoping for and it didn't disappoint. The Black-bellied Whistling Duck, one of two of these birds that turned up at this location a couple of weeks ago, was found in its usual hangout, with a group of Wood Duck on one of the waterways in the park. Everyone managed very good looks at the rare visitor. It turned out to be a fairly productive morning, even with the high humidity level. We came away with a total of 37 species. Here is our list:
Wood Duck 40
Gadwall 2
American Wigeon 3
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 15
Blue-winged Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 2
Black-bellied Whistling Duck 1
Green Heron 3
Black-crowned Night Heron 2
Common Gallinule 2
Ring-billed Gull 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Downy Woodpecker 6
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 6
Eastern Kingbird 6
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
American Crow 10
Black-capped Chickadee 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 5
European Starling 6
Cedar Waxwing 12
Yellow Warbler 6
American Redstart 3
Common Yellowthroat 4
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 2
House Finch 10
American Goldfinch 25
Thank you to everyone who joined in for a fun morning of birding.
Sheldon Harvey

Friday, August 03, 2018

Sightings for Friday August 3

Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Prairies, Montréal: Secteur pavillon des Marais - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is still present / Dendrocygne à ventre noir Présence connue - Marc-André Villard

Pointe-Yamachiche: 1 Black-bellied Plover, 4 Semipalmated Plover, 2 Ruddy Turnstone, 4 Least Sandpiper, 23 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull - plus 34 other species

1 Pluvier argenté, 4 Pluvier semipalmé, 2 Tournepierre à collier, 4 Bécasseau minuscule, 23 Bécasseau semipalmé, 1 Vhevalier solitaire, 3 Chevalier grivelé, 2 Petit chevalier, 3 Goéland brun - plus 34 autres espèces- Daniel Jauvin, Pierre Bergeron

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Sightings for Thursday August 2

Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Prairies, Montréal. Secteur pavillon des Marais - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is still present / Dendrocygne à ventre noir Présence connue - Gilles Ethier

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

BPQ 2018 Summer Series Field Trip #5

DATE: Saturday, August 4, 2018
Location: Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies
12300 boul. Gouin East, Montreal
Start Time: 8 am - Half-day walking trip
Leader: Sheldon Harvey
Contact Info: TEL: 514-637-2141 E-mail

Rendezvous Point: Parking lot at the park
Google Map to Rendezvous Point
Parking Fee: $9.00

Driving Instructions: Take Highway 40 East to the exit for Blvd. Gouin (Exit 92). Turn left (west) on Gouin Blvd. and follow it for approx. 2 km. Look for the blue signs indicating “Parc-Nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies. The parking lot entrance is located on the left heading towards the Pavillon des Marais section of the park, at 12,300 Gouin Blvd. East.

NOTE: Two Black-bellied Whistling Ducks have been seen regularly at this park for some time now. This may be a new species for many of you. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to see them on Saturday

BPQ field trips are open and free to all; members and non-members of BPQ alike. No reservations necessary. Parking fee applicable for this outing.

Sheldon Harvey

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sightings for Monday July 30

Baie-de-Febvre: Halte Sarcel - 2 Killdeer, 5 Stilt Sandpiper, 10 Least Sandpiper, 20 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Sandpiper, 6 Greater Yellowlegs, 10 Lesser Yellowlegs

2 Pluvier kildir, 5 Bécasseau échasses, 10 Bécasseau minuscule, 20 Bécasseau semipalmé, 2 Chevalier grivelé, 6 Grand Chevalier, 10 Petit chevalier - Daniel Jauvin

Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Prairies, Montréal. Secteur pavillon des Marais - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck / Dendrocygne à ventre noir - Pierre Casavant

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sightings for Sunday July 29

Baie-de-Febvre: Halte Sarcel -  1 Black-bellied Plover, 8 Semipalmated Plover, 4 Killdeer 2 Stilt Sandpiper, 3 Least Sandpiper, 150 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 8 Short-billed Dowitcher, 1 Long-billed Dowitcher, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 30 Greater Yellowlegs, 15 Lesser Yellowlegs - plus 20 other species

1 Pluvier argenté, 4 Pluvier kildir, 8 Pluvier semipalmé, 2 Bécasseau échasses, 3 Bécasseau minuscule, 150 Bécasseau semipalmé, 8 Bécassin roux, 1 Bécassin  à long bec, 1 Chevalier grivelé, 30 Grand Chevalier, 15 Petit chevalier - Chloé Rosa-Teijeiro, Jesse White

Friday, July 27, 2018

Sightings for Friday July 27

Baie-de-Febvre: Halte Sarcel - 10 Semipalmated Plover, 7 Killdeer, 1 Whimbrel, 24 Stilt Sandpiper, 200 Least Sandpiper, 7 Pectoral Sandpiper, 300 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 27 Short-billed Dowitcher, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 24 Greater Yellowlegs, 174 Lesser Yellowlegs - plus 24 other species

10 Pluvier semipalmé, 7 Pluvier kildir, 1 Courlis corilieu, 24 Bécasseau échasses, 200 Bécasseau minuscule, 7 Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée, 300 Bécasseau semipalmé, 27 Bécassin roux, 1 Chevalier grivelé, 24 Grand chevelier, 174 Petit Chevalier - plus 24 autres espèces - Yves Gauthier, Suzanne Morand, Johanne Charette et Alain Charette


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sightings for Sunday July 22

Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Prairies, Montréal. Secteur pavillon des Marais - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is still present / Dendrocygne à ventre noir Présence connue. Pierre Bannon , Suzanne Labbé

2018 BPQ Summer Series Field Trip #3 Report - Saturday, July 21

Combine great weather with a new birding location for BPQ and 22 participants turn out for a great walk through the McFee Brook Interpretive Centre and Sentier de la Nature in Venise-en-Quebec. The site is a nice laid out hiking trail and winding boardwalk through territory south of Highway 202 just west of the Mississquoi Bay. We tacked on a short visit to Rang des Cotes in nearby Henryville to wrap up the morning with a total of 50 species. Very nice to see a few new faces in the group today as well. Here is our list of species for the day, broken down into the two locations:


Wood Duck 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 1
Osprey 1
Virginia Rail 1
Killdeer 2
Mourning Dove 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Falcon species 1
Eastern wood-Pewee 5
Flycatcher species 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 10
Black-capped Chickadee 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 1
Veery 2
Thrush species 1
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 6
Cedar Waxwing 6
Northern Waterthrush 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 2
Yellow Warbler 6
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 6
House Finch 1
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 24

Henryville - Rang des Cotes

Wood Duck 7
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Rock Pigeon 8
Belted Kingfisher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Purple Martin 3
Cliff Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 24
Cedar Waxwing 1
Song Sparrow 1

Thanks to all of the participants today and a special thanks to Tristan Jobin, and another member of the Haut-Richelieu Birding Club, for directing us around this excellent birding site.

Sheldon Harvey

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sightings for Saturday July 21

Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Prairies, Montréal. Secteur pavillon des Marais - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is still present / Dendrocygne à ventre noir Présence connue. David Trescak

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

2018 BPQ Summer Series Field Trip #3 - Saturday, July 21

McFee Brook Interpretive Centre, Venise-en-Quebec, QC
NOTE: This is a new destination for a BPQ field trip

Time: 8 AM to Noon - Combination driving/walking trip
Guide: Sheldon Harvey
For info: TEL: BPQ 514-637-2141 – e-mail

RENDEZVOUS SPOT: The Esso gas station/truck stop parking lot at Exit 6 (Lacolle/Hemmingford/Parc Safari exit) from Highway 15 South
Google Map to Rendezvous point: https://goo.gl/maps/zaywk
From the rendezvous spot we will drive east along Highway 202 to our destination in Venise-en-Quebec.

DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS: From Montreal, take the Champlain Bridge, Mercier Bridge, or Highway 30 to Highway 15 South –Direction Lacolle, QC/Champlain, NY. Take Exit 6 (Lacolle/Hemmingford/Parc Safari Exit for Route 202). At the end of the exit, cross Rte. 202 into the large parking area to the left between the Esso gas station and Tim Hortons.

We will first visit the McFee Brook Interpretive Centre, located at 703 av. de Venise West. It consists of a lengthy boardwalk that winds through bogs and marshland. Time permitting, we will also visit the NCC's Sentier de la Nature at 294- 58 Street West (Highway 202). Here is the webpage for the McFee Brook Centre

Free parking; no admission fees; no reservations necessary.
BPQ Field Trips are open to all BPQ members as well as members of the general public.

Sheldon Harvey
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