Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sightings for Saturday Septemebr 29

Brossard: A small flock of about 5 Female  Evening Grosbeaks (Gros-becs errants) were seen by my home in Brossard earlier this morning - Nick Bonnema
Laval: 2 female canvasbacks accompanied scaup Red heads and Ring-necked ducks this morning at the old beach of Laval west on rue Riviera. Several American wigeon, mallards, Wood duck, Canada geese and a couple of Green-winged teals also on site. A Greated yellowlegs  great passed by in flight.

2 femelles fuligules à dos blanc accompagnaient des fuligules à tête rouge et des fuligules à collier ce matin la vieille plage de Laval ouest sur Riviera. Plusieurs canards d'Amériques, mallards, branchus, bernaches ainsi qu'un couple de sarcelles d'hiver taient galement sur place. Un grand chevalier est pass au vol. - Alain Robert
Montréal: Mount Royal Cemetery this afternoon from 2-4pm. 32 species observed. Merlin 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 3, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Philadelphia Vireo 1, Blue-headed Vireo 3, Blue Jay 5, American Crow 20, Black-capped Chickadee 15, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Brown Creeper 1, Winter Wren 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 5, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7, American Robin 6, Hermit Thrush 4, Swainson's Thrush 2, European Starling 20, Northern Parula 2, Orange-crowned Warbler 1 (Pacific race), Nashville Warbler 2, Magnolia Warbler 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 10, Northern Cardinal 3, White-throated Sparrow 15, White-crowned Sparrow 5, Fox Sparrow 3, Song Sparrow 5, Dark-eyed Junco 20, American Goldfinch 5, House Sparrow 4

Cimetière Mont-Royal cet après-midi à 14h - 16h 32 espèces  observés. Faucon émerillon-1,Pic mineur-2, Pic chevelu-1, Pic flamboyant-3, Pic maculé-2, Viréo de Philadelphie-1, Viréo à tête bleue-3, Geai bleu-5, Corneille d'Amérique-20, Mésange à tête noire-15, Sittelle à poitrine blanche-2, Grimpereau brun-1, Troglodyte des forêts (mignon)-1, Roitelet à couronne dorée-5, Roitelet à couronne rubis-7, Merle d'Amérique-6, Grive solitaire-4, Grive à dos olive-2, Étourneau sansonnet-20, Paruline à collier-2, Paruline verdâtre-1 (race Pacifique), Paruline à joues grises-2, Paruline à tête cendrée-1, Paruline à croupion jaune-10, Cardinal rouge-3, Bruant à gorge blanche-15, Bruant à couronne blanche-5, Bruant fauve-3, Bruant chanteur-5, Junco ardoisé-20, Chardonneret jaune-5, Moineau domestique-4 Vivek Govind Kumar

Cap Tourmente: Gray catbird, Dark-eyed junco, Sharp-shinned hawk hunting, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Common yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Palm warbler

Moqueur chat,  Juncos ardoisé, Épervier brun en chasse, Paruline croupion jaune, Paruline à tête cendrée,  Paruline à joues grises, Paruline obscure, Paruline masque,  Paruline à calotte noire, Paruline à couronne rousse - Diane Labarre

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sightings for Friday September 28

Châteauguay, Île Saint Bernard - Refuge faunique Marguerite D'Youville: Snow Goose 25 in flight, Canada Goose 100, Wood Duck 1, American Black Duck 1, Mallard 40, Blue-winged Teal 1, Green-winged Teal 8, Ring-necked Duck 1, Double-crested Cormorant 3, Great Blue Heron 3, Great Egret 7, Green Heron 1, Black-crowned Night-Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 3, Cooper's Hawk 2, Black-bellied Plover 13, Killdeer 1, Greater Yellowlegs 1, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, Ring-billed Gull 30, Great Black-backed Gull 2, Rock Pigeon 5, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 7, Hairy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 1, Eastern Phoebe 3, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 2, Black-capped Chickadee 35, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 6, Brown Creeper 5, Winter Wren 1, Marsh Wren 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, American Robin 2, Gray Catbird 2, European Starling 8, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Song Sparrow 20, Swamp Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 10, White-crowned Sparrow 6, Dark-eyed Junco 8, Rusty Blackbird 1

Oie des neiges 25 en vol,  Bernache du Canada 100, Canard branchu 1, Canard noir 1, Canard colvert 40, Sarcelle à ailes bleues 1, Sarcelle d'hiver 8, Fuligule à collier 1, Cormoran à aigrettes 3, Grand Héron 3 , Grande Aigrette 7, Héron vert 1, Bihoreau gris1, Urubu à tête rouge 3, Épervier de Cooper 2, Pluvier argenté 13, Pluvier kildir 1, Grand Chevalier 1, Petit Chevalier 1, Goéland à bec cerclé 30, Goéland marin 2, Pigeon biset 5, Pic maculé 1, Pic mineur 7, Pic chevelu 2, Pic flamboyant 1, Moucherolle phébi 3, Geai bleu 3, Corneille d'Amérique 2, Mésange à tête noire 35, Mésange bicolore 2, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 6, grimpereau brun 5, Troglodyte mignon 1, Troglodyte des marais 1, Roitelet à couronne rubis 1, Merle d'Amérique 2, Moqueur chat 2, Étourneau sansonnet 8, Paruline à croupion jaune 4, Bruant chanteur 20, Bruant des marais 1, Bruant à gorge blanche 10, Bruant à couronne blanche 6, Junco ardoisé 8,Quiscale rouilleux 1 - Tom Long
near Rigaud mountain: At 12:15 eating lunch at the bay window spotted one Bald Eagle (Pygargues à tête blanche) circling from north to south. In the clear sky, the sun bright and binoculars there was no doubt. It's white head and tail were lit up spectaculary. - Jim Forster

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bird Protection Quebec "Monthly lecture"

Monday, October 1

From Albatrosses to Zebra Doves – The Birds of Kaua'i with Marcel Gahbauer

Sun, surf, sand, palm trees – all of these are among the images that spring to mind for the average person when they think of Hawaii.

Less evident to most visitors is the extent to which the few remnants of native habitat (and their associated wildlife) are threatened. Just as one example, of the 55 honeycreeper species that once lived in Hawaii, only 17 remain – and 11 of those are listed as endangered. Although the outlook for these and several other species looks grim, at least a couple of local conservation groups are making a strong effort to turn the tide. One of these, the Kaua'i Forest Bird Recovery Project, recently began inviting volunteers to participate in their remote research work.

Marcel Gahbauer spent 10 days with this group in February 2012, trading a sunny Calgary winter for camping a few kilometres from Mount Wai'ale'ale, famous for being the wettest spot on earth. His presentation will focus on the eight species of native forest birds remaining on Kaua'i, as well as some of the non-native species that have come to dominate the rest of the island – and also touching on other aspects of the island's geography and culture.

This fascinating lecture starts at 19h30 at Knox Crescent Kensington and First Presbyterian Church 625 Godfrey Avenue, NDG

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" September 29

Saturday 29 September- samedi 29 septembre

Montgomery Bird Sanctuary, Philipsburg

Leader: Sandy Montgomery 514-482-0565   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 is immediately beyond it. Note that that 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. Bring a lunch. Looking for migrating passerines, waterfowl and hawks. All 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. Apporter un lunch. Espèces recherchées : passereaux en migration, sauvagine et rapaces diurnes.. Toute la journée.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip report" September 22

For those of you who wish to skip my verbal ramblings, our complete list of species is below.

Well, if wasn't windy and threatening rain all morning then this wouldn't be our annual Oka trip. And, right on schedule, a late morning downpour set in shortly after our arrival at the La Grande Baie boardwalk. This just as we were settling into what would surely have been the best birding of the trip. At least your leader did not end up being alone this year as a total of 13 birders showed up for the morning. Temperatures (17C) were pleasant throughout the trip.

We began the morning at the beach on an auspicious note as one of the first birds seen was a Common Loon flying by. Two black-bellied plovers and 5 Semipalmated Plovers were also present with three other shorebirds which, because of scopes vibrating in the wind and poor lighting conditions, kept us guessing their ID's for quite some time. In the end, mostly by process of elimination, we decided that they most probably Baird's Sandpipers.

We then took a walk through a wooded area leading to Lac de la Sauvagine, a small pond in the center of the park. The forest was fairly quiet with the exception of one pocket of mixed passerines which again because of poor light were more difficult to identify but included chickadees, nuthatches, several warbler species, some flycatchers, a creeper and a golden-crowned kinglet. The lake had a group of hooded mergansers, gadwall, green-winged teal, a cormorant and several Greater Yellowlegs. Its edges also produced our only sparrows of the trip.

We then proceeded to La Grande Baie under very gray skies and as we approached the water through the trees we saw a great deal of white. Our first thought was that a group of snow geese must be present. It was a great surprise when we had a good view and realized we were looking at Great Egrets. A total of 45 were feeding in the shallow waters along with 24 Great Blue Herons. Numerous shorebirds were also feeding very close to the boardwalk. Unfortunately, before we could survey the whole area properly for ducks and more shorebirds the rain set in heavily and combined with the stiff breezes put an end to our birding day. For this reason, the numbers for ducks and shorebirds given below are very low in comparison to what was probably present because we simply did not get a chance to scan and count properly.

The Great Egrets were surely our bird of the day simply because of their numbers.

Thanks to everyone who came out for an enjoyable morning and I would recommend a trip to La Grande Baie at this time as conditions there are very interesting! - Wayne Grubert

Our complete list of 46 species included:  Canada Goose – 50, Wood Duck – 20 (includes a group at the “sewage treatment ponds"), Gadwall – 22, American Wigeon – 6, American Black Duck – 12, Mallards – 100, Blue-winged Teal – 30, Green-winged Teal – 12, Hooded Merganser – 7, Common Loon – 1, Double-crested Cormorant - 1, Great Blue Heron – 26, Great Egret – 47, Turkey Vulture – 6. Northern Harrier – 1, Black-bellied Plover – 2, Semipalmated Plover –12, Greater Yellowlegs – 8, Lesser Yellowlegs – 3, Spotted Sandpiper – 1, Semipalmated Sandpiper – 22, Least Sandpiper -8, Baird’s Sandpiper – 3 (probable), Pectoral Sandpiper – 2, Ring-billed Gulls – 50 (includes a group at the “ sewage treatment ponds’), Great Black-backed Gull -1, Caspian Terns – 2, Belted Kingfisher – 1, Hairy Woodpecker – 2, Northern Flicker – 1 (8 seen in one tree before official start to trip), Pileated Woodpecker – 1, Eastern Wood-pewee – 3, Eastern Phoebe - 1, Blue Jay – 8, American Crow – 10, Black-capped Chickadee – 20, Red-breasted Nuthatch – 4, White-breasted Nuthatch – 4, Brown Creeper – 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet – 1, Magnolia Warbler – 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler – 6, Black-throated Green Warbler – 1, Bay-breasted Warbler – 1, White-throated sparrows– 4, American Goldfinch – 6

Also seen in the area before official start to the trip Sharp-shinned Hawk – 2, Red-tailed hawk – 1, Merlin – 1, Raven – 1, Mourning Dove – 8, Red-winged Blackbird - 50

Bernache du Canada - 50, Canard branchu - 20, Canard chipeau - 22, Canard d'Amérique - 6, Canard noir- 12, Canard colvert - 100, Sarcelle à ailes bleues - 30, Sarcelle d'hiver - 12, Harle couronné - 7, Plongeon huard - 1, Cormoran à aigrettes - 1, Grand Héron - 26, Grande Aigrette - 47, Urubu à tête rouge - 6. Busard Saint-Martin - 1, Pluvier argenté - 2, Pluvier semipalmé -12, Grand Chevalier - 8, Petit Chevalier - 3, Chevalier grivelé - 1, Bécasseau semipalmé - 22, Bécasseau minuscule -8, Bécasseau de Baird - 3 (probable), Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée - 2, Goéland à bec cerclé - 50, Goéland marin -1, Sternes caspiennes - 2, Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique - 1, Pic chevelu - 2, Pic flaboyant- 1 (8 vu dans un arbre avant le début officiel de voyage ), Ggrand pic - 1, Pioui de l'Est - 3, Moucherolle phébi - 1, Geai bleu - 8, Corneille d'Amérique - 10, Mésange à tête noire - 20, Sittelle à poitrine rousse - 4, Sittelle à poitrine blanche - 4, Grimpereau brun - 1, Roitelet à couronne dorée - 1, Paruline à tête cendrée - 1, Paruline à croupion jaune - 6, Paruline à gorge noire - 1, Paruline à poitrine baie - 1, Bruant à gorge blanche - 4, Chardonneret jaune - 6

également dans dans le secteur avant le début officiel du voyage: Épervier brun - 2, Buse à queue rousse - 1, Faucon émillerlon - 1, Grand corbeau - 1, Tourterelle triste - 8, Carouge à épaulettes - 50

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sightings for Thursday September 20

St. Lazare: Local twitchers will be happy to know that the Buff Breasted Sandpiper  (Bécasseau roussâtre) is still around the St. Lazare sandpits!

Three birders, including myself, spotted the bird foraging in both shallow water and along a sand bank. From the entrance we walked down to the bottom of the hill, then turned right and followed the prominent sand bar until the very end, which faces the north side of the sandpits. The bird was spotted there. A beautiful bird, indeed!
NOTE: My fellow birder Alex Stone pointed out that the bird was hopping on one leg, and appeared injured. This may explain why it veered so far off it's migration route. The bird may stay for a while longer to recover before moving on, so there's a good chance of catching it if you visit over the next few days. If spotted, approach the bird cautiously, keeping in mind it may be injured or stressed.

Other bird species observed were American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Blue Winged Teal, Green Winged Teal, American Wigeon, Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, Pectoral Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Semi-Palmated Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, and a lot of Killdeer.
Autres espèces d'oiseaux observés: Canard noir, Canard colvert, Canard pilet, Canard chipeau, Sarcelle à ailes Bleu , Sarcelle d'hiver, Canard d'Amérique, Petit Chevalier, Bécassine de Wilson, Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée, Bécasseau minuscule, Bécasseau semi-palmées, Goéland à bec cerclé, et beaucoup de Pluvier kildir - Joey O'Connor
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue: Migration has been slow at the MBO these last couple of days but we had a nice visit this morning, a young Black-billed Cuckoo. It is always nice to see this species up close. A photo is available on our FB page and you don't need to be a member to see it. White-throated sparrow are still dominating. McGill Bird Observatory

La migration est au ralenti depuis quelques jours, ce matin nous avons quand mme eu droit une belle surprise, un jeune Coulicou à bec noir.est venu nous rendre visite, c'est toujours intressant de voir cette espce de prs. Une photo est disponible sur notre page Facebook et vous n'avez pas besoin d'tre membre pour la voir.Du ct des autres passereaux, c'est toujours le Bruant gorge blanche qui domine Observatoire d'Oiseaux de McGill - Simon Duval

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" September 22

Saturday 22 September - samedi 22 septembre
Parc national d'Oka
Leader: Wayne Grubert 450-458-5498  e-mail
Information about the park -

8:00 a.m. Take Hwy 13 north to Hwy 640. Go west on 640 to its intersection with Hwy 344. Cross 344 into Parc d'Oka. Proceed 6.2 km to the Accueil Camping. An entrance fee of approximately $5.00 will be charged. Looking for migrating passerines, raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds. Half day.

8h00 De Montréal, prendre l'autoroute 13 nord jusqu'à l'autoroute 640. Continuer sur l'autoroute 640 ouest jusqu'à l'intersection avec l'autoroute 344. Traverser la 344 et entrer dans le Parc d'Oka. Continuer sur une distance de 6,2 km jusqu'à l'Accueil Camping. Frais d'entrée: environ 5,00$. Espèces recherchées : passereaux en migration, rapaces, sauvagine et limicoles. Demi-journée.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sightings for Monday September 17

St-Lazare: My little "birding gang" and I were at the St-Lazare sandpit this morning in search of shorebirds, and in particular the Pectoral Sandpipers (Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée) that Mark Dennis had reported earlier this week; it had been some time for all of us since we had last seen that species. We got our Pectoral Sandpipers, among other shorebirds, but we were totally unprepared when Neil Henden suddenly announced, "I've got a Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Bécasseau roussâtre)!" We had no expectation of seeing a Buff-breasted there, and some birders whom we met coming out as we were going in hadn't mentioned it, as they surely would have if they'd seen it. This was a lifer for all of us, and we got some long and truly spectacular looks (and some not very spectacular photos)!

So it was a fantastic morning in St-Lazare, followed up by a good afternoon  walk at Île Bizard, where an unusually cooperative Virginia Rail (Râle de Virginie) gave us quite a show. - Zofia Laubitz

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip report" September 15

Pointe Yamachiche & Baie du Febvre

Despite the uncertain weather early this morning, 9 birders decided to hit the road to Yamachiche.We were lucky enough to avoid rain throughout the day, but the wind were quite strong, particularly after 10 am. The wind probably made a number of birds fly low, including some warblers, raptors (in particular sharp-shinned) as well as blue jays.

At our arrival, we were welcomed by several flocks of blue jays, taking advantage of southern winds. On the trail to the point, we hit a flew flocks of songbirds, but strong winds made it difficult to follow them. All in all, we picked up 8 species of warblers and other songbirds. A couple of solitary sandpipers as well as lesser yellowlegs were foraging in the river.

At the Pointe, no shorebirds, except a mixed flock of Sanderling and Dunlin caught in flight by a few of us. If shorebirds were elusive, raptors were definitely more than active with Peregrine, Kestrel, Sharp-shinned,
Osprey, Red-tailed, Northern harrier and Bald eagle around. Sharp-shinned hawks were definitely on the move and flying very low because of the strong winds. We very conservatively put a total of 12 sharp-shinned hawks, but feel there were likely at least 2 times that number migrating south along the shore.

After Yamachiche, we headed to Pointe-du-lac, where large groups of gulls, a number of herons and a few bald eagles were around, but for shorebirds? only 3 yellowlegs.

Finishing the morning in Pointe du Lac, our species account was at 49 (see list below).

After a quick lunch, 4 of us continued to the south shore, stopping in Port-St-François, where we enjoyed another 6 bald eagles and ended the field trip on Route Janelle at Baie du Febvre, with a good diversity of ducks in the ponds, and with a flock of Golden plovers - with a lost Black-bellied plover, flying right over us. We added another 20 species at Baie-du-Febvre (see 2nd list below).

This was (I feel) an overall good birding day, even if Mother Nature made it different to what we could have anticipated. But that's the fun of it, no? - Fred

Species - Pointe Yamachiche:  Canada Goose 60, American Black Duck 10, Northern Pintail 1, Green-winged Teal 12, White-winged Scoter 3, Common Loon 1, Double-crested Cormorant 10, Great Blue Heron 20, Great Egret 2, Turkey Vulture 1, Osprey 1, Northern Harrier 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 12, Bald Eagle 4, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Spotted Sandpiper 1, Solitary Sandpiper 2, Lesser Yellowlegs 8, Sanderling 5, Dunlin 1, Bonaparte's Gull 15, Ring-billed Gull 100, Herring Gull 30, Great Black-backed Gull 8, Belted Kingfisher 1, Northern Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, American Kestrel 1, Peregrine Falcon 1, Red-eyed Vireo 3, Blue Jay 120, American Crow 12, Common Raven 1, Black-capped Chickadee 5, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Brown Creeper 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Cedar Waxwing 2, Nashville Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 1, Magnolia Warbler 1, Blackburnian Warbler 1, Blackpoll Warbler 1, Black-throated Blue Warbler 3, Yellow-rumped Warbler 9, Black-throated Green Warbler 2, Song Sparrow 1, Rusty Blackbird 1, American Goldfinch 4

Bernache du Canada 60, Canard noir 10, Canard pilet 1, Sarcelle d'hiver 12, Macreuse brune 3, Plongeon huard 1, Cormoran à aigrettes 10, Grand Héron 20, Grande Aigrette 2, Urubu à tête rouge 1, Balbuzard pêcheur 1 , Busard Saint-Martin 2, Épervier brun 12, Pygargue à tête blanche 4, Buse à queue rousse 2, Chevalier grivelé 1, Chevalier solitaire 2, Petit Chevalier 8, Bécasseau sanderling 5, Bécasseau variable 1,  Mouette de Bonaparte 15, Goéland à bec cerclé 100, Goéland argenté 30, Goéland marin 8, Martin pêcheur d'Amérique 1, Pic flamboyant 2, Grand Pic 1, Crécerelle d'Amérique 1, Faucon pèlerin 1, Viréo aux yeux rouges 3, Geai bleu 120, Corneille d'Amérique 12, Grand Corbeau 1, Mésange à tête noir 5, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 2, Grimpereau brun 1, Roitelet à couronne dorée 1, Jaseur d'Amérique 2, Paruline à joues grises 1, Paruline masquée 1, Paruline à tête cendrée 1, Paruline à gorge orangée 1, Paruline rayée 1, Paruline bleue 3 , Paruline à croupion jaune 9, Paruline à gorge noire 2, Bruant chanteur 1, Quiscale rouilleux 1, Chardonneret jaune 4
Additional species - Baie du Febvre and south shore:  Wood Duck 1, Gadwall 6, Mallard 7, Blue-winged Teal 3, Northern Shoveler 6, Redhead 7, Ring-necked Duck 5, Lesser Scaup 2, Bufflehead 1, Ruddy Duck 8, Pied-billed Grebe 2, Common Gallinule 3, Black-bellied Plover 1, American Golden-Plover 16, Rock Pigeon 10, Mourning Dove 3, American Robin 1, European Starling 12, Savannah Sparrow 3, Red-winged Blackbird 6

Canard branchu 1, Canard chipeau 6, Canard colvert 7, Sarcelle à ailes bleues 3, Canard souchet 6, Fuligule à tête rouge 7, Fuligule à collier 5, Petit Fuligule 2, Petit Garrot 1, Érismature rousse 8, Grèbe à bec bigarré 2, Gallinule à poule d'eau 3, Pluvier argenté 1, Pluvier bronzé 16, Pigeon biset 10, Tourterelle triste 3, Merle d'Amérique 1, Étourneau sansonnet 12, Bruant des prés 3, Carouge à épaulettes 6

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sightings for Friday September 14

Saint Lazare sand pits: This morning there were 11 Pectoral Sandpipers, 10 Least Sandpipers, 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers and a Black-bellied Plover. Also two Lincoln's Sparrows 

Ce matin, il y avait 11 Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée, 10 Bécasseaux minuscules, 3 Bécasseaux semipalmé et un Pluvier argenté. Aussi deux de Lincoln Bruant- Mark Dennis

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" September 15

Saturday 15 September - samedi 15 septembre

Pointe Yamachiche
Leader: Frédéric Hareau 514-747-4904 (home \ maison) 514-805-8491 (cell for use only the day of the field trip in case of delay \ cellulaire à n’utiliser que le jour de la sortie en cas de retarde-mail

8:00 a.m. Allow one and a quarter hours driving time from Montreal. Take Highway 40 east to Exit 174. At the intersection in the middle of the exit drive straight ahead. Within 100 metres there is a large parking lot which will serve as our meeting area. Mainly a walking trip on trails that are usually dry, but bring waterproof boots just in case. We will visit two areas on Lac Saint-Pierre with a variety of habitats (woods, marsh, riverside, fields.) Bring a lunch in case the trip runs a little long. Half day. There is a possibility of extending trip into the afternoon if participants wish.  MAP

8h00 Prévoir 1h15 de route depuis Montréal. Prendre l’autoroute 40 est , sortie 174. À l’intersection, au centre de la sortie, continuer tout droit. À 100 mètres de l’intersection se trouve un grand stationnement, lieu de notre rendez vous. Une bonne promenade nous attend au bord du Lac St-Pierre à travers champs, bois et terres qui risquent d'être humides, alors apportez des bottes imperméables. Apporter à boire et à manger si jamais notre sortie se prolonge. Demi-journée. Il y a une possibilité de prolonger la sortie en après-midi jusqu'à la Baie-du-Febvre si les participants le souhaitent CARTE

Sightings for Tuesday September 11

Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Chemin du Old Harry, passed Grosse-ile: Northern wheatear
Chemin du Old Harry, passé Grosse-ile  (Traquet motteux) - Jean Laporte
Montréal, Ile de la Visitation Nature park. Obviously there was bird migration last night, because it was very good early this morning before 9am. 49 species observed (total of 12 species of warblers).  Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler (many), Black & white Warbler, American redstart, Ovenbird, Wilson's Warbler. Also Purple finch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Brown Creeper, Swainson's thrush, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Peregrine falcon, etc.

Paruline obscure, Paruline à joues grises, Paruline à collier, Paruline à tête cendrée, Paruline à croupion jaune, Paruline à gorge noire, Paruline rayée (beaucoup), Paruline Noir et blanc, Paruline flamboyante,  Paruline couronnée, Paruline à calotte noire. Aussi Roselin pourpre, Cardinal à poitrine rose, Grimpereau brun, Grive à dos olive, Sittelle à poitrine rousse, Faucon pèlerin, etc - Joel Coutu
Montréal: This morning at the Mount Royal cemetery, there were lots of Swainson's thrush, I saw the least a dozen and a Veery, a dozen White-throated Sparrows, Juncos 2, Northern flicker in Sector G-7 and juvnile Rose-breasted grosbeaks and a female  I also saw 5 species of warblers: 2 Northern parula, 3 Black-throated green , 2 Wilson's, 1 Common yellowthroat, 1 Magnolia, and finally a Pileated Woodpecker in flight. At Mount Murray there was a Broad-winged hawk perched in a large poplar.

Ce matin au Cimetire, il y avait aussi abondance de Grives dos olive: j'en ai vu au moins une dizaine; une grive fauve, une dizaine de Bruants gorge blanche, 2 Juncos, plusieurs Pics flamboyant dans le Secteur G7 ainsi que 4 Cardinaux poitrine rose  juvnile et une femelle. J'y ai aussi vu 5 esp. de  Parulines: 2 collier, 3 à gorge noire, 2 calotte noire, 1 masquée, 1 à tête cendrée et finalement un Grand Pic mle en vol. Au Mont Murray,  il y avait une petite Buse perché dans un grand Peuplier.  - Lucette d'Amours

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sightings for Monday September 10

Tadoussac: An excellente day for migration at the Tadoussac dunes today with no less than 1,375 raptors counted between 7:00 and 16:00: 2 Turkey Vultures, 10 Ospreys,  1 Bald eagle, 9 Northern Harriers, 591 Sharp-shinned hawks, 1 Northern goshawk, 650 Broad-winged hawks (perhaps my best day in 10 seasons at the OOT), 10 Red-tailed Hawks, 77 American Kestrels, 23 Merlins, 1 Peregrine Falcon

Passerines, no big movements 40 American pipits, 30 Purple Finches and again 6 Red crossbills type 3. I also saw a Common Nighthawk that migrated in broad daylight around noon.

Excellente journée de migration aux dunes de Tadoussac aujourd'hui avec pas moins de 1375 rapaces dénombrs entre 7h00 et 16h00: 2 Urubus à tête rouge, 10 Balbuzards pêcheurs, 1 Pygargue à tête blanche, 9 Busards St-Martin, 591 éperviers bruns, 1 Autour des palombes, 650 Petites Buses (peut-tre ma meilleure journée en 10 saisons l'OOT), 10 Buses à queue rousse, 77 Crécerelles d'Amérique, 23 Faucons émerillons, 1 Faucon pélerin

passereaux, pas de gros mouvements part une quarantaine pipits, une trentaine de Roselins pourprés et encore 6 Becs-croiss des sapins de type 3. J'ai aussi vu un Engoulevent d'Amérique qui migrait en plein jour vers midi. - Samuel Denault

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip report" September 8

Dundee and Ste-Matine field trip

The stormy start to the day in Montreal probably kept many birders from risking the lengthy drive to Dundee. Six birders did show up but did not bring the rain with them. Skies were cloudy, temperatures were very warm (26C) and humidity levels uncomfortable. The breeze increased to a steady strong wind by mid-day.

We first birded the tower area at The Lake St Francis Reserve where the elevated view gave us a good look at a young osprey which didn't seem to realize that its parents weren't going to "support" it anymore and it was going to have to go hunting on its own. It sat on its nest platform and cried out for most of the early morning. We also had views of a distant adult bald eagle and very close views of another flying osprey. The tower also offered good close sightings of cedar waxwings, catbirds, a beautiful male baltimore oriole and a family of rose-breasted grosbeak in various plumages. Warblers were almost nonexistent in the area. The group then proceed the Egret Trail where we spent some time observing the marsh. Another bald eagle and and two northern harriers were highlights there as was a flock of approximately 800 red-winged blackbirds that put on quite an aerial show in the stiffening breeze. Four of the party made the drive to Ste-Martine which proved disappointing for shore birds (water levels were high with very little rock showing) but we were rewarded with several fly-by's of a peregrine falcon as well as another osprey and two great egrets. The only shorebirds present were a half dozen lesser yellowlegs. - Wayne

Our complete list of 49 species seen at both locations and en route between included:  Canada goose - 50,  Wood duck - 20, American black duck - 10, Mallard - 50, Green-winged teal - 4, Double-crested cormorant - 5, Great blue heron - 4, Great egret - 2, Green heron - 2, Turkey vulture - 4 (en route), Osprey - 5, Bald eagle - 2, Northern harrier - 2, Sharp-shinned hawk - 1, American kestrel - 1, Peregrine falcon - 1, Sandhill crane - 1 (heard only), Lesser yellowlegs - 6, Wilson's snipe - 1, Ring-billed gulls - 50, Rock pigeons - 12, Mourning doves -8, Ruby-throated hummingbird - 1, Belted kingfisher - 2, Downy woodpecker - 1, Hairy woodpecker - 2, Northern flicker - 2, Warbling vireo - 1 (Heard only), Red-eyed vireo - 1, Blue jay - 10, American crow - 20, Common raven - 1 (en route between sites), Tree swallow - 6, Black-capped chickadee - 10, White-breasted nuthatch - 4, Marsh wren - 2, Thrush sp. - 1, Gray catbird - 3, Brown thrasher - 1, European starling - 50, Cedar waxwing - 10, Common yellowthroat - 4, Song sparrow - 5, Swamp sparrow - 1, White-throated sparrow - 2, Rose-breasted grosbeak - 6, Red-winged blackbird - 1000+, Baltimore oriole - 1, American goldfinch - 6

Bernache du Canada - 50, Canard branchu - 20, Canard noir - 10, Canard colvert - 50, Sarcelle d'hiver - 4, Cormoran à aigrettes - 5, Grand héron - 4, Grande aigrette - 2, Héron vert - 2, Urubu à tête rouge - 4, Balbuzard pêcheur - 5, Pygargue à tête blanche - 2, Busard Saint-Martin - 2, Épervier brun - 1, Crécerelle d'Amérique - 1, Faucon pèlerin - 1, Grue du Canada - 1 (entendu seulement), Petit chevalier - 6, Bécassine de Wilson - 1, Goéland à bec cerclé - 50, Pigeon biset -12 , Tourterelle triste - 8 , Colibri à gorge rubis - 1, Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique - 2, Pic mineur - 1, Pic chevelu - 2, Pic flaboyant - 2, Viréo mélodieux - 1 (entendu seulement), Viréo aux yeux rouges - 1, Geai bleu - 10, Corneille d'Amérique - 20, Grand Corbeau - 1 (en route), Hirondelle bicolore - 6, Mésange à tête noire - 10, Sittelle à poitrine blanche - 4, Troglodyte des marais - 2, sp Grive. - 1, Moqueur chat - 3, Moqueur roux - 1, Étourneau sansonnet - 50, Jaseur d'Amérique - 10, Paruline masquée - 4, Bruant chanteur - 5, Bruant des marais - 1, Bruant à gorge blanche - 2, Cardinal à poitrine rose - 6, Carouge à épaulettes - 1000 +, Oriole de Baltimore - 1, Chardonneret jaune - 6

Friday, September 07, 2012

Sightings for Friday September 7

Châteauguay, Île Saint Bernard - Refuge faunique Marguerite D'Youville: 39 species: Canada Goose 30, Wood Duck 1, Mallard 20, Green-winged Teal 6, Double-crested Cormorant 8, Great Blue Heron 3, Great Egret 7, Green Heron 2, Turkey Vulture 2, Semipalmated Plover 6, Semipalmated Sandpiper 3, Ring-billed Gull 30, Great Black-backed Gull 3, Rock Pigeon 8, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 2, Warbling Vireo 8, Blue Jay 5, American Crow 3, Black-capped Chickadee 30, Red-breasted Nuthatch 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 7, American Robin 3, Gray Catbird 2, European Starling 6, Cedar Waxwing 1, Common Yellowthroat 1, Magnolia Warbler 1, Blackpoll Warbler 3, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Wilson's Warbler 1, Song Sparrow 20, White-throated Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 2, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Common Grackle 4, American Goldfinch 4

Bernache du Canada 30, Canard branchu1, Canard colvert 20, Sarcelle d'hiver 6, Cormoran à aigrettes 8, Great héron 3, Grande Aigrette 7, Héron vert 2, Urubu à tête rouge 2, Pluvier semipalmé 6, Bécasseau semipalmé 3, Goéland à bec cerclé 30, Goéland marin 3, 8 Pigeon biset, Colibri à gorge rubis 1, Pic mineur 1, Pic flamboyant 1, Pioui de l'Est 2, Viréo mélodieux 8, Geai bleu 5, d'Amérique Corneille 3, Mésange à tête noire 30, Sittelle à poitrine rousse 1, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 7, d'Amérique Merle 3, Moqueur chat 2, Étourneau sansonnet 6, Jaseur d'Amérique1, Paruline masquée 1, Paruline à tête cendrée 1, Paruline rayée 3, Paruline à croupion jaune 2, Paruline à calotte noire 1, Bruant chanteur 20, Bruant à gorge blanche 1, Cardinal rouge 2, Carouge à épaulettes 2, Quiscale bronzé 4, Chardonneret jaune 4 -Tom Long

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" September 8

Saturday 8 September - samedi 8 septembre

Dundee, Ste-Martine (La Réserve nationale de faune du lac Saint-François)
Leader: Wayne Grubert 450-458-5498 e-mail
7:30 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Centre parking lot. From Montreal take the Mercier bridge to Hwy 132 and follow it west through Châteauguay to Beauharnois. At Beauharnois (before reaching the bridge and dam), turn left on Hwy 236 and follow it through St-Étienne-de-Beauharnois, St-Louis-de-Gonzague, and St-Stanislas-de-Kostka until it once again joins Hwy 132. Take Hwy 132 west past Ste-Barbe and St-Anicet to Cazaville. Continue approximately 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. From the West Island, take Hwy 20 west to Exit 14 and cross over the river at Valleyfield on the Msgr Langlois Bridge, along Hwy 201 to join up with Hwy 30, continue west to Hwy 132 and from there to Dundee. About 1 to 1.5 hours from Montreal. After birding the Dundee area, we will return in convoy to Ste-Martine to look for shorebirds. Looking for waterfowl, raptors, migrating passerines and shorebirds. Half day.

7h30 Rassemblement dans le stationnement de l'Accueil. De Montréal, prendre l'un ou l'autre des ponts Mercier, Champlain ou Jacques-Cartier et rejoindre l'autoroute 132 ouest. Continuer sur celle-ci en passant par Châteauguay jusqu'à Beauharnois. À Beauharnois (avant d'atteindre le pont et le barrage) tourner à gauche sur la route 236 et suivre celle-ci à travers Saint-Etienne-de-Beauharnois, Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, et Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka jusqu'à ce qu'elle rejoigne à nouveau la route 132. Prendre la 132 ouest en passant par Sainte-Barbe et Saint-Anicet jusqu'à Cazaville. Après Cazaville, continuer sur cette route sur une distance d'environ 8 km jusqu'au chemin de la Pointe-Fraser. Tourner à droite sur celui-ci et continuer jusqu'au stationnement de l'Accueil, situé à environ 1 km de là, à gauche. Prévoir environ 1h15 à 1h30 de route à partir de la région de Montréal. Après avoir parcouru la région de Dundee nous reviendrons vers Sainte-Martine, en roulant à la file, à la recherche de limicoles. Espèces recherchées : sauvagine, rapaces, parulines en migration et limicoles. Demi-journée.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Bald Eagle

While flying my small aeroplane near Mont Yamaska in southern Québec on September 1st 2012, a majestic Bald Eagle (Pygargues à tête blanche) flew right by my plane at an altitude of about 1500 feet near the eastern part of the mountain. I’m used to seeing falcons or buses but this is a premiere for a Bald Eagle. The day was clear and no wind and my speed was 100mph. I was amazed to read that others saw this big bird in the area. Hope to see him again. - Richard legault

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Sightings for Sunday September 2

Rivière Beauport: Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the clémenceau sector of parc lineaire

Coulicou à bec jaune dans le secteur clémenceau du parc lineaire - Paul Vaillancourt
Châteauguay, Île Saint Bernard - Refuge faunique Marguerite D'Youville:39 species (+1 other taxa) Highlight was watching a Peregrine falcon trying to catch an immature Black-Crowned Night-Heron, that escaped by dropping into the marsh vegatation:
Canada Goose 20, Wood Duck 4, Mallard 25, Double-crested Cormorant 4, Great Blue Heron 7, Great Egret 19, Green Heron 2, Black-crowned Night-Heron 2, Turkey Vulture 1, Ring-billed Gull 20, Great Black-backed Gull 1, Rock Pigeon 2, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3, Downy Woodpecker 6, Northern Flicker 3, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Peregrine Falcon 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 4, Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1, Warbling Vireo 5, Red-eyed Vireo 3, Blue Jay 1, American Crow 6, Black-capped Chickadee 30, Tufted Titmouse 2, Red-breasted Nuthatch 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 8, Brown Creeper 2, Swainson's Thrush 1, American Robin 1, Gray Catbird 4, European Starling 2, Cedar Waxwing 12, Tennessee Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 3, Bay-breasted Warbler 1, Song Sparrow 20, Swamp Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 2, American Goldfinch 10

Bernache du Canada 20, Canard branchu 4, Canard colvert 25, Cormoran à aigrettes 4, Grand Héron 7, Grande Aigrette 19, Héron vert 2, Bihoreau gris 2, Urubu à tête rouge 1, Goéland à bec cerclé 20, Goéland marin 1, Pigeon biset 2, Pic maculé 3, Pic mineur 6, Pic flamboyant 3, Grand Pic 1, Faucon pèlerin 1, Pioui de l'Est 4, Moucherolle des aulnes / saules (Moucherolle Traill) 1, Viréo mélodieux 5, Viréo aux yeux rouges 3, Geai bleue 1, Corneille d'Amérique 6, Mésange à tête noire 30, Mésange bicolore 2, Sittelle à poitrine rousse 1, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 8, Grimpereau brun 2, Grive à dos olive 1, Merle d'Amérique Robin 1, Moqueur chat 4, Étourneau sansonnet 2, Jaseur d'Amérique 12, Paruline obscure 1, Paruline masquée 3, Paruline à poitrine baie 1, Bruant chanteur 20, Bruant des marais 1, Cardinal rouge 2, Chardonneret jaune 10 - Sharon & Tom Long
barrage Ste-Martine (dam): Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs Spotted sandpiper, 1 Great Egret, 1 Osprey, Great Blue Herons, 1 Belted kingfisher and a large group (120) Common grackles

Bécassin roux, Grand et Petit Chevalier, Chevaliers grivels, une Grande-Aigrette, un Balbuzard pcheur et quelques Grand Hérons,un Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique  et un gros groupe (120) de Quizcale bronzé - Charles Ménard
Granby, Parc de la Yamaska, second dike: 2 Double-crested Cormorants, 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 Great Egrets, 63 Canada Geese, 3 Green-winged Teal, 5 Mallard, 1 Turkey Vulture, 1 Merlin, 3 Semipalmated Plovers, 25 Killdeer, 5 Greater Yellowlegs, 10 Lesser yellowlegs, 2 Spotted sandpiper, 1 Least sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper 3, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 100 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Great black-backed gull, 2 Mourning Doves, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Blue Jay, 2 Common ravens, 4 Bblack-capped chickadees

digue secondaire: 2 Cormorans à aigrettes, 2Grands Hérons, 2 Grandes Aigrettes, 63 Bernaches du Canada, 3 Sarcelles dhiver, 5 Canards colverts, 1 Urubu à tête rouge, 1 Faucon émerillon, 3 Pluviers semipalmés, 25 Pluviers kildirs, 5 Grands Chevaliers, 10 Petits Chevaliers, 2Chevaliers grivelés, 1 Bécasseau minuscule, 3 Bécasseaux semipalmés, 1 Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée, 100 Goélands à bec cerclé, 1Goéland marin, 2 Tourterelles tristes, 1 Martin-pêcheur dAmérique, 1 Geai bleu, 2 Grands Corbeaux, 4 Mésanges à tête noire. - Danielle & Roger Roy
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