Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sightings for Saturday September 29th

Vaudreuil, chemin de l'Anse: 2 Hudsonian Godwit (Barges hudsoniennes) - C. Kling American pipits - W. Grubert
4 Black-Bellied Plover, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, Richardson's Canada Goose - M Denis
2 Lesser Scaup in the basin close to the marina. Yellowlegs, 2 Black-bellied Plovers, numerous Semipalmated Plovers, Spotted Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Mallards and Am. Black Ducks, 2 Northern Pintail, Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Ring-billed, Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls, and numerous Am. Crows digging around in the sand. - S. Harvey

Bird Protection Quebec - Philipsburg field trip September 29th

8:30 - 15:00h variable cloud, 14 obsevers: D/C Cormorant 1, Gt. Blue Heron 4, C. Goose 500, Mallard 2, Turkey Vulture 50, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Merlin 1, Ruffed Grouse 1, Bonaparte's Gull 2, Ring-billed Gull 50,Herring Gull 6, Rock Pigeon 4, Mourning Dove 2, Belted Kingfisher 3,Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Downy Woodpecker 5, Hairy Woodpecker 6, N. flicker 4, Pileated Woodpecker 3, E. Wood-pewee 1, Tree Swallow 1, Blue Jay 40, A. Crow 40, C. Raven 4, Black-capped Chickadee 300, Tufted Titmouse 1, Red-breasted Nuthatch 1,White-breasted Nuthatch 20, Brown Creeper 6, Marsh Wren 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3, Veery 1, Am. Robin 100, Gray Catbird 2, Eu. Starling 500, Red-eyed Vireo 1,Yellow-rumped Warbler 12, C. Yellowthroat 2, N. Cardinal 4, Song Sparrow 10, Swamp Sparrow 15, White-throated Sparrow 50, White-crowned Sparrow 2, Dark-eyed Junco 6, Red-winged blackbird 100, Rusty Blackbird 50, C. Grackle 3, Am. goldfinch 500, House Sparrow 10. 1 U/I Vireo sp. Previous evening: 2 Wood Duck, 1 Osprey, 1 Olive-sided Leader Sandy Montgomery


Friday, September 28, 2007

Sightings for Friday September 28th

Sainte-Catherine: Sabine’s gull (Mouette de Sabine), 2 Red-necked grebes (Grèbes jougris), Common loons (Plongeons huard) - Raymond Belhumeur, Pierre Bannon

Monday, September 24, 2007

Sightings for Monday September 24th

Montreal, Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue: Hi everyone, a Red-headed Woodpecker flew in front of us as we hawk watched along Chemin Ste. Marie at the old Spar parking lot. It landed in a tree alongside the road before heading toward the large evergreens opposite the Ecomuseum. A young bird flew the same way last year on 16th October. What are the odds and where are these birds coming from? Many years ago a young Red-headed spent the fall and part of the winter near the entrance to the Arboretum.

Cheers, Bob.

Oka, Oka park: Black-bellied plover (Pluvier argenté), Killdeer (kildir), Greater yellowlegs (grand chevalier), Pied-billed grebe (Grèbe à bec bigarré), Redhead duck (fuligule à tête rouge), Green-winged teal (sarcelle d'hiver), American wigeon (canard d'Amérique), Red-eyed vireo (viréo aux yeux rouge), White & Red-breasted Nuthatch (sitelle à poitrine blanche et rousse), Kinglets Golden & Ruby-crowned (roitelet à couronne dorée et rubis), Swainson’s & Hermit thrush (grive à dos olive, solitaire), Warblers – Magnolia, Yellow-rumped, Blackthroated blue (parulines à tête cendrée, croupion jaune, bleu), White-throated sparrows (bruants à gorge blanche), Rusty blackbird (quiscale rouilleux). - Sylvie Vanier

Sightings for Sunday September 23rd

Boucherville, Parc de la frayère: 33 species including - Gray-cheeked thrush (Grive à joues grises), 2 Swainsons thrush (Grive à dos olive), Hermit thrush (Grive solitaire), Sharp-shinned hawk (Épervier brun), 2 Common moorhen (Gallinule poule-d'eau), Belted kingfisher (Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique), 2 Blue-headed vireo (Viréo à tête bleue), Warblers – Magnolia, Black-throated blue, 7 Yellow-rumped, Ovenbird (Paruline à tête cendrée, bleue, à croupion jaune, à couronnée), 20 White-throated sparrows (Bruant à gorge blanche), Junco (Junco ardoisé), 100+ Red-winged blackbird (Carouge à épaulettes), Catbird (Moqueur chat), Black-crowned night-heron (Bihoreau gris), 5 Cormorants (Cormoran à aigrettes), 3 Great blue heron (Grand Héron), 50 Canada geese (Bernache du Canada), 40 Ring-billed gulls (Goéland à bec cerclé), 3 Herring gulls (Goéland marin) Michel Bertrand

Montreal, Île Bizard, Club d'Ornithologie de Longueuil: Canada geese (Bernaches du Canada), Mallard (Canards colvert), Black duck (Canards noir), Greater black-backed gull (Goélands marin), Ring-billed gulls (Goélands à bec cerlé), Cormorants (Cormoran à aigrettes), Great blue heron (Grand héron), Common merganser (Grand harle), Green winged teal (Sarcelles d'hiver), Wood duck (Canard branchu), Pied-billed grebe (Grèbes à bec bigarré), Green heron (Héron vert), Kingfisher (Martin pêcheur), Common moorhen (Galinules poule d'eau), Turkey vultures (Urubus à tête rouge), Sharp-shinned hawk (Épervier brun), Northern goshawk (Autour des palombes), Coopers hawk (Épervier de Cooper), Bald eagle (Pyguargue à tête blanche), Red-tailed hawk (Buse à queue rousse) Osprey (Balbuzard pêcheur), Northern harrier (Busards St-Martin), Red-shouldered hawk (Buse à épaulettes), Red-tailed hawk (Buse à queue rousse), Merlin (Faucon merillon), Woodpeckers – Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Pileated, Downy, Hairy, Northern flicker (Pics - maculé, Grand, mineur, chevelu, flamboyant), Chickadee (Mésanges à tête noire), Blue jay (Geais bleu), Crows (Corneilles d'Amérique), Raven (Grand corbeau), White-breasted nuthatch (Sitelle à poitrine blanche), Robins (Merles d'Amérique), Golden-crowned & ruby-crowned kinglets (Roitelets à couronne dorée, à couronne rubis), Catbird (Moqueurs chat), Brown thrasher (Moqueur roux), Marsh wren (Troglodyte des marais), Stralings (Étourneaux sansonnet), Cowbird (Vacher à tête brune), Cedar waxwing (Jaseur d'Amérique), Rock pigeon (Pigeon biset), Mourning dove (Tourterelles triste), Sparrows – Song, Swamp, White-throated, House, (Bruants - chanteur, des marais, à gorge blanche, Moineaux domestique), Cardinal (Cardinals rouge), Red-winged blackbird (Carouges à épaulettes), Goldfinch (Chardonnerets jaune), Yellow-rumped warblers (Parulines à croupion jaune), Brown creeper (Grimpereau brun), Junco (Juncos ardoisé) - Gilles Ethier

Sightings for Saturday September 22nd

Chateauguay, Île St-Bernard refuge faunique Marguerite-D'Youville: Red-Bellied woodpecker (Pic à ventre roux), Eastern Screech owl (Petit-duc maculé), American kestrel (Crécerelle d'Amérique), White-crowned & White-throated sparrows (Bruants à couronne blanche et à gorge Blanche), Killdeer & Semipalmated plovers (Pluviers kildir et semipalmé), Greater & Lesser yellowlegs (Grand et Petit Chevaliers), Semipamated sandpipers & Dunlin (Bécasseaux semipalmé et variable) - Monique Groulx
Black-backedwoodpecker (Pic à dos noir) - Eve-Lyne Samson

Montreal, Mount Royal park (7h45 à 9h30): Lincoln’s sparrow (Bruant de Lincoln), Warblers – Common yellowthroat, Black-throated blue, Black-throated green, Nashville, Blackpoll, Tennesee, Magnolia (Parulines masquée (2), bleue (1), à gorge noire (5), à joues grises (3), rayée (1), obscure (1), à tête cendrée (2), Winter wren (Troglodyte mignon)
Mount Royal Cemetary: (9h30 à 10h30)
White-crowned sparrow (Bruant à couronne blanche), White-throated sparrows (Bruants à gorge blanche), Wilson’s warbler (Paruline à calotte noire), Coopers hawk (Épervier de Cooper) - Diane Demers

Bird Protection Quebec field trip

Good morning everyone, Saturday's trip to Oka Park was highlighted (or more precisely unhighlighted) by an almost total absence of passerines. Granted, we spent several hours on the beach and the boardwalk at La Grande Baie, but not having a single warbler or sparrow on our list was an extreme surprise. The warm (mid 20's C) temperatures and moderate southwest breezes seemed to keep migration at a standstill.Nevertheless 14 birders enjoyed enjoyed the last day of summer basking in the bright sunshine.

The beach produced the best birds of the trip with a ruddy turnstone, two black-bellied plovers and 4 sanderlings who caused some ID problems because ofthe backlighting and behavior that was not the usual "let's play tag with the waves" habit so often associated with this species. Ducks were numerous off the beach and in fair numbers in the marsh at La Grande Baie. The numbers listed below are underestimated as many were at long range or being viewed from a constantly listing floating boarwalk and not identified. The vast majority as expected were mallards.

Also spotted were some non-avian species in late summer plumage on the unofficial nude beach section of the park. M-E G. wanted to try for a closer look to make positive identifications but the rest of the group could not be persuaded as there were probably no lifers involved.

Our slim list of 34 species included:

200 Canada Geese, 6 Wood Ducks12+, Gadwall12+, American Wigeon 6, American Black Ducks 500+, Mallrds 2, Blue-winged Teal 3, Northern Shovelers 40, Ring-necked Ducks 2, Pied-billed Grebes 10, Great Blue Herons 2, Great Egrets 6, Turkey Vultures 1, Cooper's Hawk 2, Common Moorhens 2, Black-bellied Plovers 6, Killdeer 7, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, Ruddy Turnstone 4, Sanderlings 2, Semipalmated Sandpipers 1, Pectoral Sandpiper 20+, Ring-billed gulls 1, Great Black-backed Gull 1, Caspian Tern 1, Common Tern 1, Belted Kingfisher 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker, 4 Blue jays 12+, American Crows 12, Black-capped Chickadees 1, American Robin 6, American Goldfinches

Thanks to everyone who came out for an enjoyable time

Wayne Grubert

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sightings for Friday September 21st

Terrebonne, Rivière des Mille-Iles across from City Hall: LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (GOÉLAND BRUN), Ringed-bill, Herring, Black-backed bulls (Goélands à bec cerclé, argentés, et marins), Snow goose (Oie des neiges), Canada geese (Bernache du Canada), Mallards (Canard colverts), Black ducks (Canard noirs), 10 American wigeon (Canard d'Amérique), 2 Northern shovelers (Canard souchets), 2 Green-winged teal (Sarcelles d'hiver), Ringed-neck duck (Fuligules à collier), Great blue herons (Grands hérons), Black-crowned night-herons (Bihoreaux gris), Cormorants (Cormorans à aigrettes) - Patrice Franche et Angèle Gosselin

Sainte-Catherine: Warblers – Yellow-rumped, Cape May, Palm, American redstart, Magnolia, Common yellowthroat (Parulines à croupion jaune, tigrée, Parulines à couronne rousse, flamboyante, à tête cendrée, masquées), LINCOLN’S SPARROW (BRUANT DE LINCOLN), Warbling virow (Viréo mélodieux), Ruby-throated hummingbird (Colibri à gorge rubis) - Pierre Bannon

Sightings for Tuesday September 18th

Mont St-Bruno, Lac Seigneurial: 2 Bald eagles (pygargue à tête blanche), 3 Turkey vultures (urubu à tête rouge), 2 Cooper’s hawks (épervier cooper), Osprey (balbuzard pêcheur), 2 Red-tailed hawks (buse à queue rousse), 5 Ravens (grand corbeaux) - Simon Chaloux

Longueuil, Parc régional de Longueuil: Gray-cheeked thrush (Grives à joues grisese) , Eastern bluebirds (Merlebleus de l'Est) - Michel Bertrand
North side of the community gardens parking lot, beside the bicycle path: Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coulicou à bec jaune) - Gary Devouges

Montreal, Ile St-Helen: Swainsons thrush (Grive à dos olive), Warblers – Yellow-rumped, Northern parulas, Tennessee, Magnolia, Blackpoll, Nashville (parulines à croupion jaune, à collier, obscures, à tête Cendrée, rayée, à joues grises), Catbirds (Moqueurs chats), Many White-throated sparrows (Bruants à gorge), Merlin (Faucon émerillon) - Sylvain Mathieu

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sightings for Monday September 17th

Beauharnois, Beauharnois dam out close to Ile Perrot: SABINE’S GULL (1 juv.) (MOUETTE DE SABINE) Michel Bertrand, Louise Simard, Micheline Ouellette & Wayne Grubert

Montréal, parc Pointe-aux-Prairies: Northern flickers (Pics flamboyants), Ruby–crowned kinglet (Roitelet à couronne rubis), Gray-cheeked thrush (Grive à joues grises), Cedar waxwings (Jaseurs d'Amérique), Warbling vireo (Viréo mélodieux), Warblers – Magnolia, Black-throated blue, Yellow-rumped (Parulines à tête cendrée, bleue, à croupion jaune), White-throated sparrow (Bruant à gorge blanche), Juncos (Juncos ardoisés)
Bois de l'Héritage: Chestnut-sided warbler (Paruline à flancs marrons)
Pavillon des marais, at the river: DC Cormoratns (Cormoran à aigrettes), Great blue herons (Grands-Hérons), Black-crowned night-heron (Bihoreau gris), Canada geese (Bernaches du Canada), Green-winged teal (Sarcelles d'hiver), Common moorhen (Gallinule-poule d'eau), Ring-billed gulls & Great black-backed gulls (Goélands à bec cerclés et marins) - Daniel LeBlanc

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sightings for Sunday September 16th

Beauharnois, Beauharnois dam: SABINE’S GULL (1 juv.) (MOUETTE DE SABINE), 300 Ringed bill gulls (Goéland à bec cerclé), 8 Great black-backed gulls (Goéland marin) 3 Herring gulls (Goéland argenté), 80 Common terns (Sternes pierregarin), 50 Bonaparte’s gulls (Mouette de Bonaparte) - Don-Jean Also seen was a LITTLE GULL (MOUETTE PYGMÉE) - Luc Goneau & Mark Dennis

Bird Protection Quebec - Hudson Field Trip September 15th

Hudson Field Trip

Eight optimistic birders proved the weather man wrong yesterday in Hudson. The predicted rain held off and the sun was shining by noon. The morning started off slowly bird wise, but we ended up with a surprising 43 species of birds. Bird of the day was the Pileated woodpecker that gave everyone excellent views on two different occasions. We also saw Painted turtles, a Leopard frog and a very large American toad. Our most exciting observation however, and a first for me, were three River otters eyeing us suspiciously from Aird's pond. Here is the complete list of birds seen.

Canada goose 13, Wood duck 1, American black duck 1, Mallard 16, Great blue heron 3, Green heron 1, Turkey vulture 7, Osprey 2, Sharp-shinned hawk 1, Red-tailed hawk 2, American kestrel 1, Lesser yellowlegs 7, Solitary sandpiper 4, Ring-billed gull 30, Great black-backed gull 4, Rock pigeon 2, mourning dove 3, Ruby-throated hummingbird 1, Belted kingfisher 2, Downy woodpecker 1, Hairy woodpecker 1, Northern flicker 6, Pileated woodpecker 3, Eastern phoebe 1, Red-eyed vireo 1, Blue jay 30, American crow 30, Black-capped chickadee 24, Red-breasted nuthatch 1, White-breasted nuthatch 3, American robin 30, Gray catbird 3, Brown thrasher 1, European starling 12, Cedar waxwing 2, Yellow-rumped warbler 1, common yellowthroat 2, Scarlet tanager 1, Chipping sparrow 1, Song sparrow 2, White-throated sparrow 3, Northern cardinal 2, American goldfinch 10

Thanks to everyone who came out and to Wayne for his help.

Barbara MacDuff

Friday, September 14, 2007

Sightings for Thursday September 13th

Chateauguay, rue Flanagan: Carolina wren (Troglodyte de Caroline) - T. Long

Oka, Oka park: Canada geese (bernaches de Canada), Mallard, Black duck, Wood duck (canards colvert, noir et branchu), Blue-winged teal (sarcelles à ailes bleus) 4 Great egrets (grandes aigrettes), Philadelphia vireo (viréo de Philadelphie), Warblers – Black-throated green, Common yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped, Magnolia (Parulines à gorge noire, masqué, croupion jaune, à tête cendrée). Greater & Lesser yellowlegs (bécasseaux grand et petit chevalier), Killdeer & Semipalmated plover (pluvier kildir et semi-palmé), Least sandpiper (bécasseaux minuscule) - Sylvie Vanier

Monday, September 10, 2007

Sightings for Monday September 10th

Oka, Oka park: On the beach Sanderlings, Least & Semipalmated sandpiper (bécasseau sanderling, minuscule, semi-palmé), Lesser yellowlegs (petit chevalier), Wilson’s snipe (bécassine de Wilson), Greater yellowlegs (grand chevalier), Great egret (grande aigrette). Also seen Marsh wren (troglodyte des marais), many Brown creepers (grimpereau brun), Warblers – Magnolia, Yellow-rumped, Blackburnian (paruline à tête cendrée, croupion jaune, gorge orangée), Caspian tern (sterne caspienne). A merlin (faucon émerillon) landed in the top of a dead tree at the same level as a Pileated woodpecker (grand pic). When the Pileated left the Merlin followed, but not for long. - Sylvie Vanier

Bird Protection Quebec - Ile Bizard Field Trip September 8th

Ile Bizard Field Trip 07/09/08 7:30 - 12:00 Partially cloudy clearing becoming windy. 12 observers.
Pied-billed Grebe 3, Gt. Blue Heron 2, Green Heron 4, Turkey Vulture 3, Canada Goose 8, Wood Duck 6, Black Duck 1, Mallard 24, Blue-winged Teal 2, Osprey 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Merlin 2, Virginia Rail 1, Common Moorhen 8, Semipalmated Plover 1, Lesser Yellowlegs 7, Unidentified Peeps 4, Ring-billed Gull 50, Herring Gull 1, Rock Pigeon 1, Mourning Dove 2, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2, Belted Kingfisher 2, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1,Downy Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 4, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 6, Am. Crow 12, Black-capped Chickadee 12, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Am. Robin 6, Gray Catbird 2, eu. Starling 4, Cedar Waxwing 20, Magnolia Warbler 1, Am. Redstart 2, White-throated Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 1, Red-winged Blackbird 10, Common Grackle 3, Am. Goldfinch 24.

Note: the Leat Bittern failed us today but the Merlin put up magnificent displays. Also, the Ahuntsic Club turrned up Brown Thrasher and Red-bellied Woodpecker! Greetings Felix

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sightings for Friday September 7th

Montreal,Île de la Visitation: 47 species (espèces) including, Warblers – Nashville, 3 Northern parula, Chestnut-sided, 3 Magnolia, Cape May, 12+ Yellow-rumped, 3 Black-throated green, Blackburnian, 4 Blackpoll, 3 Black & white, American redstart, Common Yellowthroat (Parulines - à joues grises (1), à collier (3), flancs marron (1), tête cendrée (3), tigrée (1), croupion jaune (12+), gorge noire (3), gorge orangée (1), rayée (4), noir et blanc (3+), flamboyante (1), et la masquée (1) - Joël Coutu

Saint-Barnabé-Sud rang Saint-Rock near the junction of 235: 69 American golden plovers (Pluviers bronzés), Killdeers (Pluviers kildirs), Horned lark (Alouette hausse-col) - Michel Bertrand

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Sightings for Wednesday September 5th

Montreal,Île de la Visitation: 55 species (espèces) including – Warblers – Tennessee, Northern parula, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, Black & white, Wilson’s, Black-throated green, Yellow-rumped, Bay-breasted, Magnolia, American redstart (parulines - obscure, à collier, jaune, à flancs marron, rayée, noir et blanc, à calotte noire, à gorge noire, à croupion jaune, à poitrine baie, à tête cendrée, flamboyante), many White-throated sparows (Bruants à gorge
Golden-crowned kinglet (Roitelet à couronne dorée), 2 Swainson’s thrush (Grives à dos olive), Philadelphia vireo (Viréo de Philadelphie), Osprey (balbuzards pêcheurs), Merlin (faucon émerillon), Peregrine falcon (faucon pèlerin)
- Sylvie Vanier
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