Sunday, March 23, 2014

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" Saturday March 22

8 birders paid no attention to the doom and gloom of the weather report yesterday morning (in fact two of them had no idea at all that snow was being forecast!) and headed out to Fort Chambly for this weeks (spring!) field trip.

With very slippery conditions around the fort grounds we were able to make it to the waterfront and get some great observations of the ducks and gulls in the rapids and on the ice flows.  That was all, of course, before the snow began to fall, and quite heavily, by around 9:30 or so.  As a result we decided against heading down along the Richelieu River towards St-Jean, particularly given the very limited visibility.  We did however head over to the wooded areas on Ile-Goyer, just a few minutes away from Chambly. - Sheldon

Thanks to those who came out to enjoy the 14 species seen for the day. They were: 1 Canada Goose, 6 American Black Ducks, 100+ Mallards, 12 Common Goldeneye, 12 Common Mergansers, 40 Ring-billed Gull, 30 Rock Pigeons, 2 Mourning Dove, 2 Blue Jays, 14 American Crows, 20 European Starling, 3 Northern Cardinal, 6 American Goldfinch, 8 House Sparrow

1 Brenache du Canada, 6 Canards noirs, 100 + Canards colverts, 12 Garrots à oeil d'or, 12 Grands Harles, 40 Goéland à bec cerclé, 30 Pigeon biset, 2 Tourterelle triste, 2 Geai bleue, 14 Corneilles d'Amérique, 20 Étourneau sansonnet, 3 Cardinal rouge, 6 Chardonneret jaune, 8 Moineau domestique

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