Saturday, November 01, 2014

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" November 1

Wood duck / Canard branchu
Tom Long

Today's field trip to Lac-Boivin in Granby attracted just five birders (Tom, Doug, Mary Ellen, Darlene, Sheldon). The weather forecast was not great and may have discouraged some but, as it turned out, no rain at all and nowhere near the high winds that were called for. The park at Lac-Boivin was quite quiet today so we decided to also include a short drive to Roxton Pond, about 10 km from Granby, in our trip for the day. Timing was everything as we arrived on the southern side of Roxton Pond, thousands of snow geese began to arrive from the south, settling on the lake.

Today was not about a high species count, but more about the volume of birds, particularly geese, both Canada and Snow. Our total species count for the day was just 20. Here is our list for the day. Note that the Snow Geese and Black Scoters were only seen at Roxton Pond.

Also, a huge flock of crows were seen emerging from a wooded area along Highway 139 entering Granby prior to the start of the trip, just as daylight was breaking. There is obviously a crow roost close by. Those crows are not reflected in our field trip report below.

Strange today was the total absence of any sparrow or finch species on the trails in the park.- 

Snow Geese - somewhere between 5000 to 10000 arriving on the water at Roxton Pond, Canada Goose 1000+ - large flocks in the fields across from the park entrance, Wood Duck 5, Gadwall 4, American Wigeon 12, American Black Duck 2, Mallard 20, Scaup species 10, Black Scoter 15, Hooded Merganser 40, Common Merganser 4, Ring-billed Gull 20, Herring Gull 2, Downy Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 3, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 10, Black-capped Chickadee 40, White-breasted Nuthatch 6, Red-winged Blackbird 2

Oies des neiges - entre 5000-10000 arrivant sur ​​l'eau à Roxton Pond, Bernache du Canada 1000 - dans les champs en face de l'entrée du parc, Canard branchu 5, 4 Canard chipeau, Canard d'Amérique 12, Canard noir 2, Canard colvert 20, espèces Fuligule 10, Macreuse noire 15, Harle couronné 40, Grand Harle 4 , Goéland à bec cerclé 20, Goéland argenté 2, Pic mineur 2, Pic chevelu 3, Geai bleu 8, Corneille d'Amérique 10, Mésange à tête noire 40, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 6, Carouge à épaulettes 2

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