Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bird Protection Quebec field trip report, Saturday February 25

 Fog and warm but damp conditions greeted ten birders for yesterday's field trip to Bois-du-Liesse Nature Park on February 25th. A hoped for wave of early migrants did not materialize and the woods were very quiet. The feeders at the two chalets provided the most sightings but even they were not overly active. Also, unfortunately, we are continuing to see a decrease in the number of feeders at this park with only one at each Centre d'accueil. There used to be several at each and a number on the trails in between.

A total of 14 species were observed with birds of the day being brown creeper and pileated woodpecker providing good views for all participants. Honourable mention goes to the numerous Northern Cardinals singing and chasing each other in territorial disputes.

A nice walk with good company.  - Wayne Grubert


Our complete list of species follows: Mallard - 2, Mourning Dove - 1, Downy Woodpecker - 6, Northern Flicker - 1, Pileated Woodpecker - 1, American Crow - 12, Common Raven - 1, Black-capped Chickadee - 24, White-breasted Nuthatch - 10, Brown Creeper - 1, American Robin - 2, Northern Cardinal - 12, House Finch - 10, American Goldfinch - 3

Canard colvert 2, Touterelle triste 1, Pic mineur 6, Pic flaboyant 1, Grand pic 1, Corneille d'Amérique 12, Grand corbeau 1, Mésange à tête noire 24, Sitelle à poitrine blanche 10, Grimpereau brun 1, Merle d'Amérique 2, Cardinal rouge 12, Roselin familier 10, Chardonneret jaune

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" Saturday February 11

Saturday 11 February
Ste-Marthe, St-Clet, Ste-Justine
Guide: Wayne Grubert 450-458-5498 - e-mail
8:00 AM Meet at Hudson Inn, exit 17 off Highway 40. From Montreal, take Highway 40 west towards Ottawa. Allow an hour’s drive from Montreal. Looking for Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, Snow Buntings and other open-country winter birds. Bring warm clothes for standing around or taking short walks (or in case weather conditions dictate a complete change of itinerary). We will try to keep the number of cars to a minimum; therefore, car- pooling arranged ahead of time and/or at our rendezvous would be greatly appreciated. Half day.

8 h 00 Rassemblement au Hudson Inn, sortie 17 de l’autoroute 40. De Montréal, prendre l’autoroute 40 ouest, en direction d’Ottawa. Prévoir une heure à partir de Montréal. Espèces recherchées : Harfang des neiges, Buse pattue, Bruant des neiges et autres oiseaux d’hiver. Apporter des vêtements suffisamment chauds pour de courtes marches et permettant de passer du temps à l’extérieur; prévoir également d’éventuels changements de plans, dûs à la météo. Nous vous encourageons à faire du covoiturage en vue de limiter le nombre de voitures. Demi-journée.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Bird Protection Quebec field trip report, Saturday February 4

Chateâuguay, Rue Higgins & Sainte- Catherine Récré-O-Parc

Ten birders started at rue Higgins with the temperature -9 and a little breezy. There was a cold wind coming off the water so we decided to go to Ile-Saint-Bernard to find the Great Gray Owls instead. We were told that 2 had just flown off but we did manage to find one near the end of the petit digue.  A good day was had by all.

20 species of bird were seen, listed below:
rue Higgins: Common Merganser  2, Red-bellied Woodpecker  1, Downy Woodpecker  4, Hairy Woodpecker  2, Pileated Woodpecker  1, Blue Jay  4, American Crow  3, Black-capped Chickadee  10, Red-breasted Nuthatch  4, European Starling  30, American Tree Sparrow  1, Dark-eyed Junco  5, Northern Cardinal  3, American Goldfinch  2

Grand harle 2, Pic à ventre roux 1, Pic mineur 4. Pic chevelu 2, Grand pic, Geai bleue 4, Corneille d'Amérique 3, Mésange à tête noire  10,  Sitelle à poitrine blanche 4, Étourneau sansonnet 30, Bruant Hudsonien 1, Junco ardoisé 5, Cardinal rouge 3, Chardonneret jaune

Ile Saint-Bernard: Rock Pigeon 15, Mourning Dove  1, Great Gray Owl  1, Red-bellied Woodpecker  1, Downy Woodpecker  5, Hairy Woodpecker  1, Blue Jay  2, White-breasted Nuthatch  4, American Robin  7, American Tree Sparrow  28, Song Sparrow  1, Northern Cardinal  5, Red-winged Blackbird  1

Pigeon biset 15, Touterelle triste 1, Chouette lapone 1,  Pic à ventre roux 1, Downy Woodpecker  5, Hairy Woodpecker  1, Geai bleue 2, Sitelle à poitrine blanche 8, Merle d'Amérique 7, Bruant Hudsonien 28, Bruant Chanteur 1, Cardinal rouge 5, Carouge à épaulettes 1

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