Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sightings for Wednesay October 31th

Oka, Oka park: 34 species (espèces) including - Long-tailed duck (Harelde Kakawi), Northern harrier (Busard St-Martin), Sonow buntings (Bruants des neiges), Roughed grouse (Gélinotte huppé), Brown creeper (Grimpereau brun), Pileated woodpecker (Grand pic), Tree sparrow (Bruant hudsonien), Bohemian waxwings (jaseur boréal), Black-crowned night-heron (bihoreau gris), Raven (grand corbeau), 2 Greater yellowkegs (grand chevalier) - Sylvie Vanier

Iberville, downstream from the bridge on rte 112 connecting Chambly to Iberville: Canvasback duck (Fuligule À Dos Blanc) Hooded mergansers (Harle couronné) - Charles Ménard

Monday, October 29, 2007

Sightings for Monday October 29th

Hi Everyone

Amongst the Dunlins, Black-bellied Plovers and White-rumped Sandpipers off the Ch de l'anse at Vaudreuil this afternoon, a Hudsonian Godwit. Further out four White-winged and one Black Scoter.

Best wishes,

Mark Dennis

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sightings for Sunday October 28th

Chateauguay, refuge faunique Marguerite-D'Youville on Île St-Bernard: I went to Île St-Bernard this morning and found it fairly quiet. With the water level up and the strong wind I was not expecting any shorebirds, but there was four species all together on about 20 ft. of rocks.

Here is a list of the 21 species found: 6 Black-bellied Plover (Pluviers argentés), 14 Semipalmated Sandpiper (Bécasseaux semipalmés), 5 Dunlin (Bécasseaux variables), 4 White-rumped sandpipers (Bécasseau à croupion blanc), 50 Mallard (Canard colvert), 6 Common Goldeneye (garrot à oeil d'or), 2 Great Blue Heron, (Grand heron), 8 Ring-billed Gull (Goélands à bec cerclé), 7 Mourning Dove (Tourterelle Triste), 1 Hairy Woodpecker (Pic Chevelu), 3 Blue Jay (Geai blue), 2 American Crow (Corneilles d'Amérique), 30 Black-capped Chickadee (Mésange à tête noire), 1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sittelles à poitrine blanche) , 1 Brown Creeper (Grimpereau brun), 30 American Robin (Merle d'Amérique), 6 European Starling (Étourneaux sansonnets), 1 Song Sparrow (Bruant chanteur), 1 Northern Cardinal (Carndinal rouge), 4 Red-winged Blackbird (Carouges à épaulettes), 2 House Sparrow (Moineaux domestique) - Tom

Chateauguay, rue Higgins: Red-bellied Woodpecker (Pic à ventre roux) - J.-P. Tousignant, R. Rousselle

Longueuil, boulevard La Fayette: Barred owl (Chouette rayée) - Jean Laporte

Terrebonne, across from City Hall (Hotel de Ville): Iceland gull (Goéland arctique), Bonaparte’s gull (Mouette de Bonaparte), Gulls – Ring-billed, Herring, Great black-backed (Goélands à bec cerclé, argentés et marins), Canada geese (Bernaches du Canada), 2 Great blue herons (Grands Hérons), Black-crowned night-heron (Bihoreau gris), 12 DC cormorants (Cormorans à aigrettes), American wigeon (Canards d'Amérique), Ducks – Mallards, Black, Gadwall, Wood, (Canard - colverts, noirs, chipeaux, branchu), Hooded mergansers (Harles couronnés), Pied-billed grebe (Grèbe à bec bigarré) - Patrice Franche et Angèle Gosselin

Montreal, St-Anne de Bellevue: This morning in the Arboretum, Northern Shrike and Sharp-shinned Hawk (Pullins' Pasture), plus Great Horned calling, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, lots of Robins. Have been seeing a Rough-legged regularly for the last two or three weeks off the 40 before the first Hudson exit, usually on the southern side of the highway, and also had one in Ste. Justine de Newton. Also a Fox Sparrow in Ste. Justine de Newton. - Betsy

Baie-du-Febvre: Purple Sandpiper (Bécasseau violet) in the field on the west side of route Janelle a little past the last sedimentation pond. Long-billed dowitcher (Bécassin à long bec), Pectoral sandpiper (Bécasseaux à poitrine cendrée), in the fields Horned larks (Alouettes hausse-col), Lapland longspur (Bruant lapon), Snow buntings (Bruants des neiges). Also seen Ducks – Gadwall, Mallards, Shovelers, Green-winged teal, Ring-necked, Redhead, Lesser scaup, Greater scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy (Canards – chipeaux, colverts, souchets, Sarcelles d'hiver, Fuligules à collier, Fuligule à tête rouge, Petits Fuligules, Fuligule milouinan, Petit Garrot, Érismatures rousses), American coot (Foulque d'Amérique), Common moorhen (Gallinule poule-d'eau) - M. Bertrand

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sightings for Saturday October 27th

Baie-du-Febvre: in the field west of route Janelle, Purple sandpiper (Bécasseau violet), 2 Short-billed dowitcher (Bécassins roux), White-rumped sandpiper (Bécasseau à croupion blanc), Pectoral sandpiper (Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée), many Lesser and Greater yellowlegs (Petit et Grand Chevalier), 100+ Snow buntings (Bruants des neiges), American tree sparrows (Bruants hudsonien), Horned larks (Alouettes hausse-col), Lapland longspurs (Bruants lapon). At the ponds, Ducks - Mallards, Gadwall, Bufflehead, Ruddy, Ring-necked (Canards - Colvert, Chipeau, Petit Garrot, Érismature rousse, Fuligule à collier), Common moorhens (Galinules poule d'eau). 100’s Snow geese (Oies des neiges), Rusty blackbird (Quiscale rouilleux), Rough-legged hawk (Buse pattue), 2 Northern harriers (Busards St-Martin) - Estelle Nadeau, Micheline Bisson, Hugues Brunoni, Pierre Brassard

Bird Protection Quebec Field Trip - Pointe-aux-Prairies September 27th

From 8 :00AM until 10 :30AM, Michel Beaupré and myself have birded parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies under slight rain, stronger at times, but otherwise fine temperature. We agreed that the Northern Shrike, seen along the eastern parking lot, should be our bird of the day, being a first of the season for both of us, and not having seen anything else exciting on the rest of the hike, as birds were very quiet.

I then made a few stops along rivière des Prairies. Some hunters were posted on both sides of the river in front of the 87th avenue, so it was pretty empty there. But I've finally found all of the Canada geese hiding from the hunters in front of the 42nd street. A total of 26 cormorants were also found standing on some of the rocks there as well as a few duck species.

Here is the complete list forthe field trip (30 species): Pied-billed grebe, Double-crested Cormorant (26), Great blue Heron(2), Canada Goose (350), Mallard (30), American Black Duck (20),Gadwall (10), Northern Pintail, American Wigeon (10), Green-wingedTeal (10), Greater Scaup (2), Common Goldeneye (6), Hooded Merganser,Ring-billed gull (20), Herring Gull (5), Great Black-backed Gull (5),Rock Dove (10), Downy Woodpecker (2), Northern Shrike, Blue Jay,American Crow (15), Black-capped Chickadee (15), Ruby-crowned Kinglet,American Robin (50+), European Starling (30), Northern Cardinal (2),American Tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow (2), Dark-eyed Junco(6), Red-winged Blackbird

Many thanks to Michel who came on this gray morning.

Diane Demers

Friday, October 26, 2007

Sightings for Friday October 26th

Montreal, Mount-Royal cemetary: 4 Eastern bluebirds (Merlebleus de l'Est), 100 American robin (Merle d'Amérique), heard Bohemian waxwings (Jaseurs boréaux) and Pine grosbeaks (Durbecs des sapins) - Pierre Bannon

Baie-du-Febvre: route Janelle, Tundra swan (Cygne siffleur), 100 Snow geese (Oies des neiges) 3 km. east of the village - Rosaire Lemay

Terrebonne, across for the City Hall (Hôtel de ville): Lesser black-backed gull (Goéland brun), 1500 Canada geese (Bernaches du Canada), 2 Great blue herons (Grands Hérons), Black-crowned night-heron (Bihoreau gris) - Patrice Franche, Angèle Gosselin

Iles Laval Ste-Dorothée ouest, 18 Pariseau Ile Pariseau: Tufted titouse (Mésange bicolore) can be seen on the right side of the house. Beware of dog and “PLEASE DO NOT OPEN GATE” - Marc Boisvert

Chambly, near the Chambly bridge: Long-tailed duck (Harelde kakawi) - M. Roy

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sightings for Thursday October 25th

Granby, parc de la Yamaska in section E: Black-backed woodpecker (Pic à dos rayé) - Monique Berlinguette, Monique Maheu

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sightings for Wednesday October 24th

Laval, rue Gilles at a feeder: Zebra Finch (Diamant mandarin) - L. Simard

Chambly, Chambly basin at rues Martel et Georges-Pépin: 6 Horned grebe (Grèbe esclavon) - R. Chartier

Granby, parc de la Yamaska: 7 Horned grebes (Grèbe esclavon) - M. Berlinguette, M. Maheu

Roxton Pond: 2 Horned grebes (Grèbe esclavon) - M. Berlinguette, M. Maheu

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Sightings for Monday October 22nd

Chateauguay, refuge faunique Marguerite-D'Youville on Île St-Bernard: 4 Horned grebes (Grèbes esclavon) - P. et A. Tarassoff, J. Demers, C. Soulard et M. Groulx

Chambly, Chambly basin: Horned grebe (Grèbe esclavon) 4 Red-necked grebes (Grèbes jougris), 7 White-winged scoters (Macreuses brunes), 4 Surf scoters (Macreuses à front blanc), 12 Ruddy ducks (Érismatures rousses) - R. Chartier

Sightings for Sunday October 21th

Sabrevois, in the field on 16th ave. Le Conte's Sparrow (Bruant de Le Conte) - M. Gauthier and others).

Saint-Armand, in the parking lot of the Canadian Legion: Yellow-headed Blackbird (Carouge à tête jaune) traveling with Red-winged blackbirds (Carouge à epaulettes) - E.-L. Samson

Saturday, October 20, 2007

"Bird Protection Quebec" Granby Field Trip Report - Oct. 20

Today's field trip to CENTRE D'INTERPRETATION DE LA NATURE DU LAC-BOIVIN, in GRANBY certainly had all the making of a fall morning.Last night's rain storm and today's strong winds managed to remove alot of red, gold and brown leaves from the trees. However thetemperature was pleasant, particularly during the sunny periods,certainly a whole lot warmer than our outing to this location last year.

In addition to the Nature Park in Granby, we also paid a visit tonearby Roxton Pond with the hope of finding a few scoters but the birds on Lac Roxton were few and far between, perhaps in part due to the warning signs posted around the lake for blue-green algae contamination.

Huge numbers of both Canada and Snow Geese were spotted throughout thetrip in addition to 10 species of ducks. We completed the day with atotal of 44 species, but songbirds in particular were scattered somewhat sparsely throughout the park. A definite highlight was beingable to hand-feed a very friendly Red-breasted Nuthatch, that is when he could muscle out the chickadees that descended on us! 13 birders participated in today's outing.

Our Bird of the Day turned out not to be a bird at all but was rather the Animal of the Day. Two incredibly large snapping turtles were spotted, one just off the boardwalk in the marshy area and the second in a small stream cutting across one of the wooded trails. Here is our species list for the day.

Canada Goose, Snow Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, Am. Wigeon, Am. Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven,Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Am. Robin, European Starling,Yellow-rumped Warbler, Am. Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow,White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco,Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, 1 Finch species (possibly Common Redpoll, House Sparrow. Another fun day in the field.

Thanks to everyone who participated.


Sightings for October 20th

I visited parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-prairies again this morning,from 8h00 to 11h00. There was much less activity (29 species found)than last weekend (45 species found), due to the wind I hope.Nonetheless, I have had again a Pine Siskin and finally a BohemianWaxwing and a Rusty Blackbird. The Bohemian Waxwing was found on a bare tree, with two obviously smaller and slender juvenile CedarWaxwings. The colourful head standing out and the rufous undertail coverts of the Bohemian were readily visible, despite poor light.After a while the three of them flew off together. The male Rusty Blackbird was standing all alone at the top of a bare tree along apond. But I suspect that a mute flock of about ten Blackbirds flyingover earlier in the morning was also made up of that same species. The Pine Siskin, second sighting this fall for me on this site, was heard and seen while flying over. Also seen: one single Yellow-rumped Warbler, a few kinglets of both species, etc.By the way, the parking lot at the eastern end of the parc-nature(the one from which you can see Rivière-des-prairies) has been free of charge for at least the last two weeks, since there is nocollecting machine there anymore. - Diane Demers

Chambly, Chambly basin: 7 Horned (Grebe Grèbes esclavons) - R. Chartier

Vaudreuil, chemin de l'Anse: 300 Dunlin (Bécasseaux variables), about 50 Black-bellied plovers (Pluviers argentés), 10 White-rumped sandpipers (Bécasseaux à croupion blanc), Baird’s sandpiper (Bécasseau de Baird), 4 Ruddy turnstones (Tournepierre à collier), 2 Greater yellowlegs (Grands Chevaliers) - Michel Bertrand

Friday, October 19, 2007

Sightings for Friday October 19th

Chateauguay, refuge faunique Marguerite-D'Youville on Île St-Bernard: 4 Horned grebes (Grèbes esclavon) at la pointe nord. Also many shorebirds between la plage des grillons and la pointe nord: 45 Black-bellied plovers (Pluviers argentés), 8 Semi-palmated plovers (Pluviers semipalmés), Rudy turnstone (Tournepierre à collier), 3 Semipalmated sandpipers (Bécasseaux semipalmés), 2 Least sandpipers (Bécasseaux minuscules), 75 Dunlin (Bécasseaux variables), Wilson’s snipe (Bécassine de Wilson). 3 Common loons (Plongeons huards) in the marsh 12 Great egrets (Grandes Aigrettes) - Pierre Bannon

Oka, Oka park: 42 species (espèces) including Eastern meadowlark (sturnelles des prés), 1 Horned grebe (grèbe esclavon), 8 Black-bellied plovers (pluvier argenté), 4 Pectoral sandpipers (bécasseau à poitrine cendrée), 1 Wilson’s snipe (béacssine de Wilson), Cooper’s hawk (épervier de cooper), Black-backed woodpecker (pic à dos noir), Pileated woodpecker (grand pic), 6 Yellow-rumped warblers (paruline à croupion jaune), White-throated sparrows (bruant à gorge blanche), Fox sparrow (bruant fauve), 3 Common grackles (quiscale bronzé) - Sylvie Vanier

Laval, Bois des Rosiers: 500 Red-winged blackbirds (Carouges àépaulettes), 100 Robins (Merles d'Amérique), American tree sparrows (Bruants hudsoniens), Fox sparrow (Bruant fauve), Cooper’s hawk (Épervier de Cooper), Yelow-rumped warbler (Paruline à croupion jaune), 3 Roughed grouse (Gélinottes huppées).
Rivière des Mille-Îles, at the end of rue Dessureaux: Greater white-fronted goose (Oie rieuse), American pipit (Pipit d'Amérique), 2000 Canada geese (Bernaches du Canada)
32nd Avenue à Fabreville to 13th Avenue in Laval Ouest: 70 Hooded mergansers (Harles couronnés), 10 Great blue herons (Grands Hérons), 2 Greater yellowlegs (Grands Chevaliers), Lesser yellowlegs (Petit Chevalier), 5 Black-bellied plovers (Pluviers argentés), Semipalmated plover (Pluvier semipalmé), 6 Killdeer (Pluviers kildirs), Least sandpiper (Bécasseau minuscule), Spotted sandpiper (Chevalier grivelé), 32 Green-winged teal (Sarcelles d'hiver), 13 Blue-winged teal (Sarcelles à ailes bleues), 2 Northern shovelers (Canards souchets), 8 Common merganser (Grands Harles) - Georges Lachaîne et Élaine Presseau

Mont Saint-Hilaire: Northern goshawk (Autour des Palombes), 2 Pileated woodpeckers (Grands Pics), many Ruby-crowned kinglets (Roiteleits à couronne rubis), White & Red-breasted nuthatches (Sitelles à poitrine blanche et rousse), Warblers – Palm, 25 Yellow-rumped, 2 Orange-crowned (Parulines à couronne rousse, 25 à croupion jaune, 2 Paruline verdâtre), 3 Hemit thrush (Grive solitaire), Winter wren (Troglodyte mignon) total 21 species (espèces) - Julien Brisson

Vaudreuil, chemin de l'Anse: 4 Ruddy Turnstone (Tournepierre à collier), 2 Baired’s sandpiper (Bécasseau de Baird), 4 White-rumped sandpipers (Bécasseau à croupion blanc), 20 Black-bellied sandpipers (Pluvier argenté), 100+ Dunlin (Bécasseau variable), 4 Pectoral sandpipers (Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée) - Raymond Belhumeur

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Sightings for Thursday October 18th

Chambly, Chambly basin: 5 Horned (Grebe Grèbes esclavons) - R. Chartier - 2 Red-necked grebes (Grèbes jougris), 7 White-winged scoter (Macreuses brune), 10 Surf scoter (Macreuses à front blanc), 4 Red-breasted mergansers (Harles huppé), 2 Common mergansers (Grand harle) - Gilles Ethier

Chateauguay, refuge faunique Marguerite-D'Youville on Île St-Bernard: Red-bellied Woodpecker (Pic à ventre roux) observed in the érablière - M. Groulx

Philipsburg, Missisquoi Bay dock and near the campsite: 28 Common loons (Plongeon huart), 3 Red-throated loons (Plongeon catmarin), Red-necked grebe (Grèbe jougris), 2 Horned grebes (Grèbe esclavon), Pied-billed grebe (Grèbe à bec bigarré), 1000 Ring-billed gulls (Goéland à bec cerclé), 3 Great black-backed gulls (Goéland marin), 6 Herring gulls (Goéland argenté), 300 Bonaparte’s gulls (Mouette de Bonaparte), 5 Surf scoter (Macreuse à front blanc), Merlin (Faucon émérillon), 100 Greater scaup (Fuligule milouinan), 50 Ring-necked ducks (Fuligule à collier ), DC Cormorant (Cormoran à aigrettes), 566 Canada geese (Bernache du Canada), Belted kingfisher (Martin pêcheur d'amérique), 2 Turkey vulture (Urubu à tête rouge), 2 Tufted titmouse (Mésange bicolore), 10 Evening grosbeak (Gros bec errant), 3 Great blue heron (Grand Héron) - Jean-Guy Papineau

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sightings for Tuesday October 16th

Chateauguay, refuge faunique Marguerite-D'Youville: Sharon and I went to Île St-Bernard this morning from 7:30 to 12:30. It was a little chilly at 4C especially satnding near the water, but there was more there today than last Wednesday when we were there.
Here is the list of 41 species we found: 50 Canada Geese, 50 Mallard, 6 Common Goldeneye, 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Double-crested Cormorant, 4 Great Blue Heron, 15 GREAT EGRET, 21 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 5 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 50 DUNLIN, 2 WILSON'S SNIPE, 35 Ring-billed Gulls, 6 Great Black-backed Gulls, 6 Rock Pigeon, 6 Mourning Doves, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 2 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 4 Blue Jays, 50 American Crows, 1 Common Raven, 23 Black-capped Chickadees, 16 White-breasted Nuthatchs, 1 MARSH WREN, 3 HERMIT THRUSHS, 65 American Robins, 40 European Starling, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 6 Song Sparrows, 16 White-throated Sparrow, 5 White-crowned Sparrows, 12 Dark-eyed Juncos, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, 100 Red-winged Blackbirds, 1 RUSTY BLACKBIRD, 5 Common Grackle.
We also met someone from the Songsparrow Newsgroup, Marco, a photographer, who saw a Norther Harrier, Cedar waxwings and Wood ducks - T. Long

Chambly, Chambly basin: 8 Horned Grebes (Grèbes esclavons) - R. Chartier

Granby, Centre d'interprétation de la nature du lac Boivin: Tufted titmouse (mésange bicolore),Winter wren (troglodyte mignon), both Kinglets (les 2 roitelets), Yellow-rumped warbler (paruline à croupion jaune), White-crowned sparrow (bruant à couronne blanche), Rusty blackbird (quiscale rouilleux). On the marsh Ducks – Gadwall, Shoveler, pintail (canards chipeau, souchet et pilet). On the lake, Canada geese (bernaches du Canada), Snow geese (oies des neiges), Wood ducks (canards branchus), American wigeon (canards d'Amérique), Ring-necked ducks (fuligules à collier), Lesser scaup (petits et milouinans), Bufflehead (petits garrots), American coots (foulques d'Amérique). 17 Pied-billed grebes (grèbes à bec bigarré). Total 44 species (espèces) - Monique Berlinguette et Monique Maheu

Montreal, Île des Sœurs: American tree sparrows (Bruants hudsoniens), 6 Tree swallows (Hirondelles bicolores) - Pierre Bannon

Boucherville, parc de la Frayère: Ruby-crowned kinglets (Roitelets à couronne rubis), Warblers - Yellow-rumped, Northern parula, Orange-crowned (Paruline à croupion jaune, à Collier, verdâtre), Winter wrens (Troglodytes mignons), Hermit thrush (Grives solitaires), Fox sparrows (Bruants fauves), Rusty blackbirds (Quiscales rouilleux) Northern shrike (Pie-grièche grise), 7 or 8 White-rumped sandpipers (Bécasseaux à croupion blanc), Black-bellied plover (Pluvier argenté), Dunlin (Bécasseau variable). - Pierre Bannon
Hudsonian Godwit (Barge hudsonienne) - R. Belhumeur, C. Kling
Peregrine falcon (Faucon pèlerin) - Raymond Belhumeur

Sightings for Monday October 15th

Île des Sœurs: Northen shrike (Pie-grièche grise), Sparrows – Chipping, Fox, Song, White-throated, White-crowned, Junco (Bruants - familier, fauve, chanteur, à gorge blanche, à couronne blanche, Junco ardoisé), Orange-crowned warbler (Paruline verdâtre) - Pierre Bannon

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sightings for Sunday October 14th

Île des Sœurs: Between 12:00 1:30 near the cummunity gardens, 157 Turkey Vultures (Urubus à tête rouge), 12 Red-tailed hawks (Buses à queue rousse), nearby a Northern saw-whet owl (Petite Nyctale) being scolded by Chickadees and Kinglets (mésanges et des roitelets). Slate-coloured Juncos (Juncos ardoisés), Sparrows - White-crowned, Song, White-throated (Bruants à couronne blanche, chanteurs, à gorge blanche), Warblers – Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned (Parulines à croupion jaune, verdâtre), Peregrine falcon (Faucon pèlerin). On lac des Battures, Ring-necked ducks (Fuligules à collier). Total: 33 species (espèces) - Pierre Bannon
Parc-Nature de la Pointe-aux-prairies (8h00 à 13h00): Pine siskin (Tarin des pins), 40 Ruby-crowned kinglets (Roitelets à couronne rubis), 50+ American robins (Merles d’Amérique), 20 Yellow-rumped warbler (Parulines à croupion jaune), Common yellowthroat (Paruline masquée), Lincoln’s sparrow (Bruant de Lincoln), 2 Blue-Headed vireos (Viréos à tête bleue), 5 Turkey vultures (Urubus à tête rouge) - Diane Demers : 3 Bohemean Waxwings (jaseurs boréaux), 2 Orange-crowned warblers (Parulines verdâtres), 2 Purple finch (roselins pourprés) - Stéphane Guimond

Boucherville, Parc de la Frayère: Hudsonian Godwit (Barge hudsonienne) - M.-J. Favé, G. Gilbert, R J. Bilodeau, C. Kling

Chambly, Chambly basin: 22 Horned grebes (Grèbes esclavons) - R. Chartier

Oka, Oka park: 40 species (espèces) 100 American robins (merle d'Amérique), Osprey (balbuzard pêcheur), 4 Red-tailed hawks (buses à queues rousse), 10 Black-bellied plovers (pluvier argenté), American golden plover (pluvier bronzé), Killdeer (pluvier kildir), 30 Pectoral sandpipers (bécasseau à poitrine cendrée), Dunlin (bécasseau variable), 6 Greater Yellowlegs (grand chevalier), Kingfisher (martin-pêcheur), 3 Hermit thrush (grives solitaire), Yellow-rumped warbler (Paruline à croupion jaune), Rusty blackbird (quiscale rouilleux), 100 Red-winged blackbirds (Carouge à épaulettes), Sparrows - 10 Song, White-throated, White crowned (bruants – chanteur, à couronne blanche, à gorge blanche), 300 Northern shovelers (Canard souchet), 7 Northern pintails (Canard pilet), 300 Canada geese (Bernache du Canada) - Sylvie Vanier

Laval, Parc-des-Prairies: 100 Turkey Vultures (Urubus à tête rouge) between 11:30 & 11:45. Orange-crowned warbler (Paruline verdâtre). Between 15h et 15h30, at the end of rue Dessureaux above the Rivière-des-Mille-îles, 2 Bald eagles (Pygargues à tête blanche), 4 Red-tailed hawks (Buses à queue rousse), Northern harrier (Busard Saint-Martin). Also seen at this spot a Greater White-fronted Goose (Oie rieuse), Photos:
Rivière-des-Prairies, between Parc de l'Harmonie and Ile Migneron: 300 Green-winged teal (Sarcelles d'hiver), 5000 Canada geese (Bernaches du Canada), Ducks – Shoveler, Wood, Pintail, Wigeon, Gadwall (Canards - souchet, branchu, pilet, d'Amérique, chipeau) - Georges Lachaîne et Élaine Presseau

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sightings for Sunday October 14th

Montreal, Île des Sœurs: Between 12:00 1:30 near the cummunity gardens, 157 Turkey Vultures (Urubus à tête rouge), 12 Red-tailed hawks (Buses à queue rousse), nearby a Northern Saw-whet owl (Petite Nyctale) being scolded by Chickadees and Kinglets (mésanges et des roitelets). Slate-coloured Juncos (Juncos ardoisés), Sparrows - White-crowned, Song, White-throated (Bruants à couronne blanche, chanteurs, à gorge blanche), Warblers – Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned (Parulines à croupion jaune, verdâtre), Peregrine falcon (Faucon pèlerin). On lac des Battures, Ring-necked ducks (Fuligules à collier). Total: 33 species (espèces) - Pierre Bannon

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sightings for Saturday October 13th

Île Charron: WHITE-EYED VIREO immature (VIRÉO AUX YEUX BLANCS) From the Molson parking lot go east to the wooden bridge above Petite-Rivière channel. Turn left and Across from the boisé du Grand-Duc the bird was in the trees along the Petite-Rivière channel. Other species of note: Red-shouldered hawk (Buse à épaulettes), Phoebe (Moucherolle phébi), Swainson’s thrush (Grive à dos olive), 17 Hermit thrush (Grives solitaire), Warblers - Orange-crowned, Black-throated blue, 10 Yellow-rumped (Parulines – verdâtre, bleue, 10 croupion jaune), Sparrows -9 Fox, Swamp (Bruants fauve, des marais), Rusty blackbird (Quiscale rouilleux), 2 Purple finch (Roselins pourpré) 6 House finch (Roselins familiers) - Yves Gauthier

Westmount, Summit park: Black-throated blue warbler (Paruline bleue), Swainson’s thrush (Griveà dos olive), Common redpoll (Sizerin flammé)
Mount-Royal cemetary: Hermit thrush (Grives solitaires), Slate-colored Junco (Junco ardoisés), Sparrows – White-crowned, Whitethroated (Bruants - à couronne blanche, à gorge blanche), Purple finch (Roselins pourprés), Vireos - Red-eyed, Blue-headed (Viréo aux yeux rouges, à tête bleue), Coopers hawk (Épervier de Cooper), Sharp-shinned hawk (Épervier brun), Merlin (Faucon émerillon) Total: 29 espèces - Pierre Bannon

Chateauguay, Marais De La Pointe-Johnson which is along the dyke at Higgins: Carolina wren(Troglodyte de Caroline), Yellow-rumped warblers (Parulines croupion jaune), Golden-crowned kinglet (Roitelets à couronne dorée)
On Salaberry just off the 132: Cackling goose(Bernache de Hutchins)
water treatment pond: Mallards (Canard colverts), Northern shovelers (Canards souchets), Green-winged teal (Sarcelles d'hiver), Wood ducks (Canard branchu) Cormorants (Cormorans à aigrettes) - T. Long

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sightings for Wednesday October 10th

Chateauguay, Île St-Bernard: 1 Snow Goose, 20 Wood Duck, 3 American Black Duck, 200 Mallard, 1 Blue-winged Teal, 2 Green-winged Teal, 6 Double-crested Cormorant, 1 American Bittern, 12 Great Blue Heron, 30 Great Egret, 3 Black-crowned Night-Heron, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 20 Ring-billed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Rock Pigeon, 3 Mourning Dove, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 4
Blue Jay, 20 American Crow, 2 Common Raven, 30 Black-capped Chickadee, 10 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Brown Creeper, 1 Carolina Wren, 1 House Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 10 American Robin, 3 Gray Catbird, 30 European Starling, 20 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 20 Song Sparrow, 20 White-throated Sparrow, 5 White-crowned Sparrow, 5 Dark-eyed Junco, 25 Red-winged Blackbird, 4 House Sparrow
- T. Long

Montreal, Senneville - l'Anse a l'Orme nature park: Long-billed Dowitcher (Bécassin à long bec)
Westmount, Summit Park: many Hermit thrush (Grives solitaires), Swainson’s thrush (Grive à dos olive) Whith-throated sparrows (Bruants à gorge blanche), Warblers – 2 Black-throaed blue, Common yellowthroat, Orange-crowned (Parulines - bleues, masquée, verdâtre) Red-eyed vireo (Viréo aux yeux rouges) - Pierre Bannon

Vaudreuil, chemin de l'Anse: Ruddy Turnstone (Tournepierre à collier), feeding on the shoreline of Chemin de l'Anse opposite Parc Felix Leclerc, just after the first bend in the road as you enter de l'Anse from Exit 35. It spent most of its time between the two creeks foraging through the washed up algae and is possibly a juvenile. No photos but I did take some video footage through my scope which looks a bit like a sighting from Loch Ness. Other birds of interest were a flock of approx 100 Dunlin (Bécasseaux variable), 2 Pectoral Sandpipers (Bécasseaux à poitrine cendrée), 6 Black-bellied Plover (Pluvier argenté), and 4 Semipalmated Sandpiper (bécasseau semi-palmé) at the same site as the Ruddy; a single Dunlin at L 'Anse-a-l'Ormeas well as Pectoral Sandpipers easily out numbering Semipalmated Sandpipers which I didn't expect.
Cheers, Andy

Chambly, Chambly basin: 2 Pied-billed Grebes (Grèbe à bec bigarré) , Horned grebe (Grèbe esclavon), 3 Red-necked grebes (Grèbes jougris), 13 White-winged scoter (Macreuses brunes) - Robert Chartier

Terrebonne, rivière des Mille Îles: Greater White-fronted Goose (Oie rieuse) visable on the north side of Île Saint-Jean, about 500 feet from the bridge for autoroute 25 - L. Paquette & R. Faucher

Île Charron: At the water treatment pond - 5 Pied-billed grebes (Grèbe à bec bigarré), 2 Ring-necked ducks (Fuligules à collier), 2 Hooded mergansers (Harles couronné), Red-shoulderd hawk (Buse à épaulettes), Merlin émerillon. Solitary sandpiper (Chevalier solitaire) at la baie Molson. Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Pics maculé), 225 juncos, sparrows - 75 White-throated, 65 White-crowned, 9 Fox, 6 Song, Swamp, Tree (Bruants à gorge blanche, couronne blanche, fauve, chanteur, des marais, hudsonien) Warblers – 10 Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, Palm parulines (croupion jaune, verdâtre, couronne rousse) 13 Winter wrens (Troglodytes Mignon), kinglets - 5 Golden-crowned, 20 Ruby-crowned (Roitelets à couronne dorée, à couronne rubis), Thrushes 3 Swainson, 32 Hermit (Grives à dos olive, solitaire), 2 Catbirds (Moqueurs chat), Blue-headed vireo (Viréo à tête bleue) - Yves Gauthier

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sightings for Tuesday October 9th

Montreal, Westmount - Summit park: Nashville Warbler (Paruline à joues grises), Black-throated Blue Warbler (Paruline bleue), Northern Parula (Paruline à collier) (female only - (Pierre Bannon and others, however, saw and photographed 2 male birds) White-throated Sparrow (Bruants à gorge blanche), Fox Sparrow (Bruants fauves), American Tree Sparrow (Bruant hudsonien), Dark-eyed Junco (Junco ardoisé), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Roitelets à couronne rubis), Golden-crowned Kinglet (Roitelets à couronne dorée) Winter Wren (Troglodyte mignon), Swainson Thrush (Grives à dos olive), No sign of yesterday`s Varied Thrush, however. Cheers, - Andy
Also seen at the Summit: Warbler – Magnolia (Paruline à tête cendrée), Hermit thrush (Grives solitaires). Seen by others: Warblers – Tennessee, (Paruline obscure)
Mount-Royal Cemetary: Pine grosbeak (Durbec des sapins) - Pierre Bannon

Roxton Pond: Canada geese (Bernaches du Canada), 17 Snow geese (Oies des neiges), Common goleneye (garrots à oeil d'or), 2 White-winged scoter (macreuses brunes), 1 Red-necked grebe (grèbe jougris), 3 Horned grebe (grèbes esclavon) - Monique Berlinguette et Monique Maheu

Monday, October 08, 2007

Sightings for Monday October 8th

Montreal, Westmount Summit Park: Varied Thrush It wasn't in the park itself, but in the forest between Summit Circle and Ridgewood. It was to the left of the path, if you face Ridgewood, and just downhill from the elder bushes. I got a very good look at the bird and, after consulting Sibley, I believe itwas a female: the orange and grey face markings and the breast bandwere quite muted. But, no, I didn't get a photo, even though I actually had a camera with me--just as I emerged from my trance of disbelief enough to think that I ought to try to get a picture, the thrush flew off! I searched the vicinity for some time but didn't see it again.I hope the bird stays around and other people get to see it. The elderberries on both sides of the Ridgewood path are attracting a lot of attention from thrushes, sparrows and the odd warbler. - Zofia Laubitz

Also seen at the Summit:35 species (espèces) including, Thrushes – Hermit, Swainson’s, Gray-cheeked\Bicknell (Grives solitaires, à dos olive, à joues grises/Bicknell), Warblers – Orange-crowned, Black-throated blue, Nashville, Northern parula, Blackpoll (Parulines – Verdâtre, Bleue, à joues grises, à collier, rayée), White-throated sparrows (Bruants à gorge blanche), Golden-crowned kinglets (Roitelets à couronne rubis), Merlin (Faucon émerillon), Red-tailed hawk (Buse à queue rousse), Eastern screech owl (Petit-duc maculé), Vireos - Blue-headed, Red-eyed (Viréo - à tête bleue, aux yeux rouges), Raven (Grand Corbeau) - Pierre Bannon

Chambly, Chambly basin: 6 Red-necked grebes (Grèbes jougris), 5 White-winged scoter (Macreuses brunes), 2 Common loons (Plongeons huards), Common mergansers (grands Harles)
Boucherville, parc de la frayère: Fox sparrows (Bruants fauves), White-throated sparrows (Bruants à gorge blanche), juncos, Warblers - Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned (Parulines - à croupion jaune, verdâtre), Blue-headed vireo (Viréo à tête bleue), Purple finch (Roselin pourpré), Rusty blackbirds (Quiscales rouilleux), Cedar waxwings (Jaseurs d'Amérique) - Jean-Marc Béliveau

Chateauguay, Lac St-Louis: Common loon (Plongeon huards), Red-breasted mergansers (Harles huppé) – T. Long

Sightings for Sunday October 7th

Montreal, Senneville - l'Anse a l'Orme nature park: 4 lesser Yellowlegs.... 6 to 8 Least Sandpipers and 2 Long-billed Dowitchers - C. Kling

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Sightings for Saturday October 6th

Boucherville, Parc de la Frayere : Looks like my "owl season " has gotten off to an early start This morning... after photographing Semipalmated Plovers along the St.Lawrence... at Ducks Unlimited.... I went for a quick look in the woods across the road ( Parc de la Frayere ). Heading back to my car ... I heard this White- breasted Nuthatch calling out non-stop... first thing I thought of... was that it had a Saw-whet.... and sure enough ... hidden way up in a cedar.. with prey... was a Saw-whet owl....I wonder if this is the first sighting in our area, this season.... Marcel had something ....when he said to keep an eye out for Saw-whets coming through !The bird was in cedars to the LEFT of the main path.... about 50 metres along the way into the woods.I took a couple of photos... but nothing special... due to the bird's hidden position. So, two Screeches and a Saw-whet for me ... in three days.. my "owl season " has gotten an early start this fall! Chuck

Montreal: This morning (8 :00 – 12 :00) I visited Parc-Nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies for the first time this fall. I thought the weather was perfect for October, with just a little bit of rain at the end of the trip.

The most interesting activity in terms of passerines was found eastof the parc: a Carolina Wren sang on and off for more than an hour in a small wooded area; many sparrows (Chipping, Song, Swamp, White-throated and White-crowned) foraged in an adjacent field, includinga sole American Tree Sparrow, my first for this fall; a Palm Warbler(with a yellow wash on the belly and drab breast) was also foraging in that same field; two Common Yellowthroats were encountered including a drab individual with no grey on the face, that might have been a first fall female; many Yellow-rumped Warblers (about20) and kinglets of both species, mostly ruby-crowned, were alsopresent. A Winter Wren, always a pleasant sighting, was found at acertain distance from this area, foraging in bushes. - Diane Demers

Friday, October 05, 2007

Sightings for Friday October 5th

Sabrevois, in the fields between 12th ave. & 25th ave.: 2 Le Conte's Sparrow (Bruant de Le Conte), 4 Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrows (Bruants de Nelson) - G. Ethier, Marcel Gauthier, Michel Bertrand, Pierre Bannon

Sightings for Thursday October 4th

Montréal, Cartierville district along the bicycle path. Between rue Crevier and parc Beauséjour, behind the pavillon Albert-Prévost: Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coulicou à bec jaune) - D. Ouellette

Chateauguay, refuge faunique Marguerite-D'Youville on Île St-Bernard 100M to the right of plage des Grillons: Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coulicou à bec jaune) - J. Gauthier

Sabrevois, in the fields between 12th ave. & 25th ave.: Le Conte's Sparrow (Bruant de Le Conte), 3 Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrows (Bruants de Nelson) - M. Gauthier et G. Ethier

Pointe de Yamachiche: Greater yellowlegs (Grand Chevalier), American golden plover (Pluvier bronzé), Spotted sandpiper (Chevalier grivelé), American pipits (Pipits d'Amérique), Lapland longspur (Bruant lapon) - Micheline Bisson

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Sightings for Wednesday October 3rd

Boucherville, boisé Lafrayère. 100 Ruby-crowned kinglets (roitelets à couronne rubis), 5 Blue-headed vireo (viréo à tête bleue), Brown creeper (grimpereau brun), Warblers – 50 Yellow-rumped, 2 Magnolia, 5 Common yellowthroat, (parulines à c. jaune, à tête cendrée, masquée), Veery (grive fauve), Kingfisher (martin pêcheur), 3 catbirds (moqueur chat), 100 Cedar waxwings (jaseur d'amérique), 50 White-crowned sparrows (bruants à couronne blanche), many White-throated sparrows (bruants à gorge blanche), 3 Great blue herons (Grand héron) - Simon Chaloux


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Sightings for Tuesday October 2nd

Chateauguay, Lac St-Louis at the start of refuge faunique Marguerite-D'Youville on Île St-Bernard: Hudsonian Godwit (Barge hudsonienne) - M. Groulx

Île Sainte-Hélène: Warblers - Yellow-rumped, Black-throated blue, Tennesse (Parulines à croupion jaune, bleue, obscure, à couronne rousse, verdâtre) Ruby-crowned kinglet (Roitelet à couronne rubis), Swainson’s thrush (Grive à dos olive), Gray-cheeked thrush (Grive à joues grises) - Sylvain Mathieu

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