Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bird Protection Quebec's "Summer Series" 2010 - Trip #3 Report

Mission accomplished! Today's trip started out on ch. de l'Anse in Vaudreuil along the western shore of Lac Deux Montagnes looking in particular for the Marbled Godwit and the Stilt Sandpiper, both which had been observed by several birders earlier in the week.

Jean and Clemence, Felix and Gillian were already on-site when the rest of us arrived and had succeeded in locating the two birds. These two species were lifers for several people on the trip. Throw in a fly-by by a couple of Caspian Terns, and our visit became a very productive one.

Cloud cover helped to keep the temperature down in the early morning although we could feel the humidity and heat starting to build.

Once exhausting the possibilities in Vaudreuil, the group decided to continue on to St-Lazare to visit one of Mark Dennis' favourite birding spots, the sandpits.

In total, 13 birders participated in today's trip, ending up with a total of 43 species. Our apologies to Jim and Nicole who we somehow managed to get separated from between Vaudreuil and St-Lazare. We're confident you made it back safely!!

So here is our total species list for the day. Thanks to all for your eyes and ears! - Sheldon

Canada Goose 10, Wood Duck 5, American Black Duck 3, Mallard 24, Green-winged Teal 8, Pied-billed Grebe 1, Great Blue Heron 4, Green Heron 3, Killdeer 20, Greater Yellowlegs 2, Lesser Yellowlegs 4, Spotted Sandpiper 4, Marbled Godwit 1, Least Sandpiper 12, Stilt Sandpiper 1, Ring-billed Gull 100, Caspian Tern 2, Common Tern 6, Rock Pigeon 2, Mourning Dove 4, Belted Kingfisher 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Least Flycatcher 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Eastern Kingbird 5, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 6, Tree Swallow 4, Barn Swallow 1, Black-capped Chickadee 8, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, American Robin 6 , European Starling 12, Cedar Waxwing 8, Yellow Warbler 1, Chipping Sparrow 30, Song Sparrow 4, Northern Cardinal 2, Red-winged Blackbird 8, Common Grackle 15, Brown-headed Cowbird 1, American Goldfinch 24, House Sparrow 2

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