Monday, January 20, 2014

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report"

Montréal Botanical Gardens -Saturday, January 18,  8:00 to 12:00

We were blessed with sunny skies, light winds and temperatures of -2° C to + 2°C. 14 participants worked hard to identify 12 species. The feeders had seed and that is where most birds were found but there were very few birds to be found. The bird of the day was a Cooper’s Hawk (Épervier de Cooper) who stayed perched in a tree for at least half an hour moving once to give us a view from the front. A couple of birders not with our group saw a Red-tailed Hawk (Buse à queue rousse) and mentioned having seen a shrike the week before. A couple of other birders described a bird to some of our group which was probably a Northern Shrike (Pie-grièche grise).

Here is our list for the day, 

Coopers Hawk                      1          Épervier de Cooper
Rock Pigeon                          4          Pigeon biset
Downy Woodpecker            6          Pic mineur
American Crow                    5          Corneille d’Amérique
Black-capped Chickadee   20         Mésange à tête noire
White-breasted Nuthatch  6          Sittelle à poitrine blanche
American Robin                   6          Merle d’Amérique
European Starling               6          Étourneau sansonnet
Dark-eyed Junco                6          Junco ardoisé
Northern Cardinal              5          Cardinal rouge
American Goldfinch            3          Chardonneret jaune
House Sparrow                   7          Moineau domestique

We had a pleasant walk and I thank all who joined me. Hope to see you out again soon.

David Mulholland

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