Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" Saturday November 23

Montréal, Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse

Here’s the summary of this morning’s BPQ field trip, at Bois de Liesse Nature Park. A total of 11 brave birders (permit not necessary!) showed up on this cloudy, windy & cold November morning. It was very quiet in the park; this is not surprising at this time of year, for bird species. Also it would be a very good idea if the city & park officials started filling up their bird feeders at this time (they normally do, but they seem to be late) when local bird species are looking for their winter food source. Or maybe the city parks officials are too busy & overwhelmed with park permits that they don’t have time to fill up their feeders? I can at least confirm at Visitation Nature Park the feeders have been filled with seed the pass 12 days and are appreciated by the local birds.

A total of 20 species and the last two species added was a beautiful Peregrine Falcon (not surprising seeing I was field leader) that flew just over us at the parking area, after most of the group had left. The second was an immature Cooper’s Hawk in the same area. Here are the species of the day, and no doubt the American Robin was our bird of the day, the only bright color seen on this greyish day.

American Black Duck (1, male), Mallard Duck (15), Peregrine falcon (1, adult), Cooper’s Hawk (1, immature), Ringed-billed Gull (12), Herring Gull (3),  Rock Pigeon (40), Downy Wooderpecker (1), Blue Jay (3), American Crow (2), Black-capped Chickadee (6+), White-breasted Nuthatch (2), Brown Creeper (2), American Robin (42), European Starling (46), Dark-eyed Junco (1), Northern Cardinal (3), House finch (2), American Goldfinch (4), House Sparrow (30)

Canard noir (1 mâle), Canard colvert (15), Faucon pèlerin (1, adulte), Épervier de Cooper (1, immature), Goéland à bec cerclé (12), Goéland argenté (3), Pigeon biset (40) , Pic mineur (1), Geai bleu (3), Corneille d'Amérique (2), Mésange à tête noire (6 +), Sittelle à poitrine blanche (2), Grimpereau brun (2), Merle d'Amérique (42), Étourneau sansonnet (46), Junco ardoisé (1), Cardinal rouge (3), Roselin familier (2), Chardonneret jaune (4), Moineau domestique (30),

*And the species seen between 7am& 8am at Bois-de-Saraguay Nature Park: American Tree Sparrow (2), Northern Cardinal (4), American Crow (80+), Hairy Woodpecker (1),  Downy Woodpecker (1), Black-capped Chickadee (2)

Bruant hudsonien (2), Cardinal rouge (4), Corneille d'Amérique (80 +), Pic chevelu (1), Pic mineur (1), Mésange à tête noire (2)

Merci & Cheers - Joël Coutu

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