Monday, July 30, 2018

Sightings for Monday July 30

Baie-de-Febvre: Halte Sarcel - 2 Killdeer, 5 Stilt Sandpiper, 10 Least Sandpiper, 20 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Sandpiper, 6 Greater Yellowlegs, 10 Lesser Yellowlegs

2 Pluvier kildir, 5 Bécasseau échasses, 10 Bécasseau minuscule, 20 Bécasseau semipalmé, 2 Chevalier grivelé, 6 Grand Chevalier, 10 Petit chevalier - Daniel Jauvin

Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Prairies, Montréal. Secteur pavillon des Marais - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck / Dendrocygne à ventre noir - Pierre Casavant

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sightings for Sunday July 29

Baie-de-Febvre: Halte Sarcel -  1 Black-bellied Plover, 8 Semipalmated Plover, 4 Killdeer 2 Stilt Sandpiper, 3 Least Sandpiper, 150 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 8 Short-billed Dowitcher, 1 Long-billed Dowitcher, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 30 Greater Yellowlegs, 15 Lesser Yellowlegs - plus 20 other species

1 Pluvier argenté, 4 Pluvier kildir, 8 Pluvier semipalmé, 2 Bécasseau échasses, 3 Bécasseau minuscule, 150 Bécasseau semipalmé, 8 Bécassin roux, 1 Bécassin  à long bec, 1 Chevalier grivelé, 30 Grand Chevalier, 15 Petit chevalier - Chloé Rosa-Teijeiro, Jesse White

Friday, July 27, 2018

Sightings for Friday July 27

Baie-de-Febvre: Halte Sarcel - 10 Semipalmated Plover, 7 Killdeer, 1 Whimbrel, 24 Stilt Sandpiper, 200 Least Sandpiper, 7 Pectoral Sandpiper, 300 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 27 Short-billed Dowitcher, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 24 Greater Yellowlegs, 174 Lesser Yellowlegs - plus 24 other species

10 Pluvier semipalmé, 7 Pluvier kildir, 1 Courlis corilieu, 24 Bécasseau échasses, 200 Bécasseau minuscule, 7 Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée, 300 Bécasseau semipalmé, 27 Bécassin roux, 1 Chevalier grivelé, 24 Grand chevelier, 174 Petit Chevalier - plus 24 autres espèces - Yves Gauthier, Suzanne Morand, Johanne Charette et Alain Charette

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sightings for Sunday July 22

Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Prairies, Montréal. Secteur pavillon des Marais - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is still present / Dendrocygne à ventre noir Présence connue. Pierre Bannon , Suzanne Labbé

2018 BPQ Summer Series Field Trip #3 Report - Saturday, July 21

Combine great weather with a new birding location for BPQ and 22 participants turn out for a great walk through the McFee Brook Interpretive Centre and Sentier de la Nature in Venise-en-Quebec. The site is a nice laid out hiking trail and winding boardwalk through territory south of Highway 202 just west of the Mississquoi Bay. We tacked on a short visit to Rang des Cotes in nearby Henryville to wrap up the morning with a total of 50 species. Very nice to see a few new faces in the group today as well. Here is our list of species for the day, broken down into the two locations:


Wood Duck 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 1
Osprey 1
Virginia Rail 1
Killdeer 2
Mourning Dove 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Falcon species 1
Eastern wood-Pewee 5
Flycatcher species 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 10
Black-capped Chickadee 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 1
Veery 2
Thrush species 1
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 6
Cedar Waxwing 6
Northern Waterthrush 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 2
Yellow Warbler 6
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 6
House Finch 1
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 24

Henryville - Rang des Cotes

Wood Duck 7
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Rock Pigeon 8
Belted Kingfisher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Purple Martin 3
Cliff Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 24
Cedar Waxwing 1
Song Sparrow 1

Thanks to all of the participants today and a special thanks to Tristan Jobin, and another member of the Haut-Richelieu Birding Club, for directing us around this excellent birding site.

Sheldon Harvey

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sightings for Saturday July 21

Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Prairies, Montréal. Secteur pavillon des Marais - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is still present / Dendrocygne à ventre noir Présence connue. David Trescak

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

2018 BPQ Summer Series Field Trip #3 - Saturday, July 21

McFee Brook Interpretive Centre, Venise-en-Quebec, QC
NOTE: This is a new destination for a BPQ field trip

Time: 8 AM to Noon - Combination driving/walking trip
Guide: Sheldon Harvey
For info: TEL: BPQ 514-637-2141 – e-mail

RENDEZVOUS SPOT: The Esso gas station/truck stop parking lot at Exit 6 (Lacolle/Hemmingford/Parc Safari exit) from Highway 15 South
Google Map to Rendezvous point:
From the rendezvous spot we will drive east along Highway 202 to our destination in Venise-en-Quebec.

DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS: From Montreal, take the Champlain Bridge, Mercier Bridge, or Highway 30 to Highway 15 South –Direction Lacolle, QC/Champlain, NY. Take Exit 6 (Lacolle/Hemmingford/Parc Safari Exit for Route 202). At the end of the exit, cross Rte. 202 into the large parking area to the left between the Esso gas station and Tim Hortons.

We will first visit the McFee Brook Interpretive Centre, located at 703 av. de Venise West. It consists of a lengthy boardwalk that winds through bogs and marshland. Time permitting, we will also visit the NCC's Sentier de la Nature at 294- 58 Street West (Highway 202). Here is the webpage for the McFee Brook Centre…/mcfee-brook-interpretive-center/

Free parking; no admission fees; no reservations necessary.
BPQ Field Trips are open to all BPQ members as well as members of the general public.

Sheldon Harvey

Monday, July 16, 2018

2018 BPQ Summer Series Field Trip #2 Report

Tylee Marsh and Bouthillier Marsh, Rosemere, QC - July 14, 2018
14 people headed out to Rosemere, on the north shore of the Milles-Iles River, north of Montreal, to visit two spots which are within minutes of each other. The early morning showers cleared up just in time for our walk with the cloud cover helping to keep the heat down. We were treated to 35 species of birds, the majority seen from the long winding boardwalk at Tylee Marsh. To make things a little more challenging, there were many young birds present, proving that this site is a very popular breeding spot. Some waterfront views along the Milles-Iles river shoreline helped to add a number of ducks, geese, gulls and terns to our list. Here is the list of our 35 species
Canada Goose 100
Wood Duck 10
Gadwall 3
Mallard 25
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Ring-billed Gull 6
Common Tern 3
Chimney Swift 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 10
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Alder Flycatcher 2
Great crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 12
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 5
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 14
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 9
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 1
Thanks to everyone who turned out for the morning.
Sheldon Harvey

Friday, July 13, 2018

BPQ Summer Series Field Trip #2

BPQ Summer Series Field Trip #2
DATE: Saturday, July 14, 2018
Location: Tylee Marsh, 200 chemin de la Grande-Cote, Rosemere, QC
Start Time: 8:00 a.m. - Half-day - walking trip
Leader: Sheldon Harvey
Contact: TEL: 514-637-2141 E-mail:

Rendezvous Point: Tylee Marsh parking lot
Google Map to Rendezvous Point:

Directions: Take Autoroute 15 North to Exit 16 for boul. Ste-Rose. Follow boul. Ste. Rose to Highway 117. Turn left on Route 117 (Curé-Labelle). Follow Highway 117 to ch. de la Grande-Cote. Turn right on ch. de la Grande-Cote and follow to the Tylee Marsh parking lot at 200 ch. de la Grande-Cote.

Alternate Route: Take Autoroute 13 to Autoroute 640. Take Autoroute 640 East. Take Exit 22 to Route 117 (boul. Curé-Labelle South). Turn right on Route 117 South. Turn left on rue Bourbonniere to rue Hertel. Turn right on rue Hurtel to rue Gilmour. Turn left on rue Gilmour. Follow Gilmour to ch. de la Grande-Cote. Turn left on ch. de la Grande-Cote to address 200 ch. de la Grande-Cote, on the right.

From the parking lot we'll explore the marsh from an elevated boardwalk and on trails that lead to the Milles-Illes River waterfront. We will then drive the nearby Marais Bouthillier at 100 ch. de Manoir, also in Rosemere, 
Google Map to Marais Bouthillier

Free Parking; no admission fee; no reservations required. BPQ field trips are open to BPQ members and members of the general public as well.

Sheldon Harvey
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