Sunday, March 15, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" March 14

Saturday's field trip on the South Shore attracted 11 participants, including King and Yvonne Wong of Brossard who experienced their first field trip experience. We hope to see them again on more outings. Thanks to everyone that ignored the weather warnings and turned out for the trip.

The forecasted bad weather held off throughout the morning and early afternoon allowing us to visit several locations in Boucherville, Varennes and St-Bruno. We began the trip at Parc de la Frayere in Boucherville. We then drove through secondary roads throughout Varennes to the border of Vercheres and finally worked our way back to Clarevue Blvd. in St-Bruno behind the St-Hubert Airport.

There were several stretches along the roads with very little bird life. Fortunately a few popular bird feeder stations helped to bump up the numbers for the day. We finished our trip with a respectable 19 species, including wrapping up the day with an excellent sighting of a Snowy Owl both perched, and in flight, over the farm fields opposite St-Hubert Airport. Certainly any hopes of spring migration were dashed by the winter storm that rolled in later in the day and overnight last night! - Sheldon Harvey

Here are the numbers for the day: Common Goldeneye 3, Common Merganser 2, Merlin 1, Great Black-backed Gull 5, Rock Pigeon 4, Mourning Dove 12, Snowy Owl 2 (one at St-Hubert Airport/ one on a Hydro pole along Highway 30 in Varennes), Downy Woodpecker 3, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 24, Horned Lark 8, Black-capped Chickadee 30, White-breasted Nuthatch 4, European Starling 20, Bohemian Waxwing 15, Dark-eyed Junco 5, Northern Cardinal 8, American Goldfinch 30

Garrot à oeil d'or 3, Grand Harle 2, Merlin 1, Goéland marin 5, Pigeon biset 4, Tourterelle triste 12, Harfang des neiges 2 (une à l'aéroport de St-Hubert / une sur un poteau d'Hydro long de l'autoroute 30 à Varennes), Pic mineur 3, Pic chevelu 1, Geai bleu 2, Corneille d'Amérique 24, Alouette hausse-col 8, Mésange à tête noire 30, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 4, Étourneau sansonnet 20, Jaseur boréal 15, Junco ardoisé 5, Cardinal rouge 8, Chardonneret jaune 30

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