Saturday, September 29, 2018

BPQ Field Trip Report - Saturday, September 29

16 birders came out to visit a new location for a BPQ field trip today. A fairly new park, Parc des Etang-Antoine-Charlebois in St-Amable. The park has only been open for a few years now. Although a little quiet today, everyone enjoyed visiting a new location that looks very promising for future outings, particular during spring migration. The site has nicely laid out trails snaking through a series of ponds, surrounded by a wide variety of trees and plants. Work is being conducted on additional trails for the future. A very nice morning's walk on a great day, weather-wise. Thanks to everyone who turned out for the trip. Here is our list of 34 species for the day.

Canada Goose 150
Wood Duck 5
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
Mourning Dove 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 40
American Crow 1
Common Raven 2
Black-capped Chickadee 20
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Swainson's Thrush 2
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 30
Gray Catbird 5
European Starling 10
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 6
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 30
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 6
American Goldfinch 6

Sheldon Harvey

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bird Protection Quebec Field Trip - Saturday, September 29

Parc des Etangs Antoine-Charlebois/Parc Le Rocher, Ste-Julie/St-Amable, QC

September 29 @ 08:00 - 12:00

Saturday, September 29 
 Parc des Etangs Antoine-Charlebois/Parc Le Rocher, Ste-Julie/St-Amable, QC
8:00 AM – Meeting Spot – 
Guide: Sheldon Harvey
Contact Info:
450-462-1459  or
Cell on Saturday, morning 514-637-2141
Directions: Champlain Bridge to South Shore. Continue on Highway 10 East. Take Exit 11 for Autoroute 30 – Take Autoroute 30 East-Direction Sorel. Follow Autoroute 30 for approximately 20 km to Exit 87 (Varennes-Ste-Julie-St-Amable). At the traffic lights turn left (direction Varennes/Ste-Julie/St-Amable) on to ch. de la Belle Riviere. Continue on Belle Riviere to the intersection with Highway 229 (Montee Ste-Julie). Cross the intersection and meet at the Tim Hortons immediately on the right. (1411 montée Sainte-Julie). From the Tim Hortons we will drive in convoy to Parc des étangs Antoine Charlebois. Half Day.

septembre 29 @ 08:00 - 12:00

Parc des Etangs Antoine-Charlebois/Parc Le Rocher, Ste-Julie/St-Amable, QC
8 h 00 – point de rendezvous: 
Guide: Sheldon Harvey
450-462-1459 ou
Cellulaire samedi matin  514-637-2141
Prenez le pont Champlain pour la Rive-Sud. Continuez sur l’autoroute 10 est et emprunter la sortie 11 pour l’autoroute 30. Emprunter l’autoroute 30 direction Est, Sorel. Poursuivre sur environ 20 km et emprunter la sortie 87 (Varennes, Sainte-Julie, Saint- Amable). Au feu de circulation, tournez à gauche (direction Varennes,Ste-Julie, St-Amable) sur le chemin de la Belle Rivière. Continuez sur chemin Belle Rivière jusqu’à l’intersection de la route 229 (montée Sainte-Julie). Traverser l’intersection et entrez dans le stationnement du Tim Horton immédiatement sur la droite (1411 montée Sainte-Julie) Du Tim Horton nous procéderont en convoi jusqu’au Parc des étangs Antoine Charlebois. Demi-journée.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bird Protection Quebec Field Trip - Saturday, 15 September

Saturday 15 September- samedi 15 septembre
George H. Montgomery Bird Sanctuary, Philipsburg, QC

 map/carte (Meeting Place Location)

Leader: Sandy Montgomery 514-212-6208  e-mail

8:30 a.m. Meet at the defunct Motel Frontière. From Montreal take the Champlain Bridge, Highway 10 east to exit 22, Highway 35 south to St. Jean to join Highway 133 south to Philipsburg. Now that the motel has been demolished the location is not easy to see from the southbound side of the road so continue towards the border crossing. Immediately before the border buildings take the well- marked U-turn on the left to cross over to the northbound side of the road. Look on your right for the large white sign telling drivers to fasten their seat belts - the entrance to the old motel site and the parking area isimmediately beyond it. Note that there are two gravelled entrances - do NOT take the first, it is washed out and impassable; the second entry is excellent. Good choice of trails from long and strenuous to short and easy. Looking for migrating passerines, waterfowl and hawks. Half Day.

8h30 Rassemblement au défunt Motel Frontière. De Montréal, traverser le pont Champlain et continuer sur l'autoroute 10 est. Prendre la sortie 22 et rejoindre l'autoroute 35 sud. Continuer sur celle-ci jusqu'à Saint-Jean. De là continuer sur l'autoroute 133 sud en direction de Philipsburg. Maintenant que le motel a été démoli le stationnement est difficile de voir du côté sud de la route. Donc, continuer vers le poste frontalier . Juste avant les bâtiments de passage, prendre le bien-marquée demi-tour sur la gauche pour passer sur la direction du nord côté de la route. Chercher le grand panneau blanc indiquant aux conducteurs de boucler leur ceinture de sécurité sur votre droite - l'entrée sur le site vieux motel et le stationnement est immédiatement au-delà. Bonne variété de sentiers dont les niveaux de difficulté vont de longs et ardus à courts et faciles. Espèces recherchées : passereaux en migration, sauvagine et rapaces diurnes. Demi-journée.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

BPQ Field Trip Report - Saturday, September 8 - Ile Charron and Parc des Iles de Boucherville

20 birders joined the trip today at Ile Charron. Sky was blue all morning and temperature was mild, making it a really enjoyable morning for birding.

Northern wind and colder night made it favourable for some migration movement, and birds were active all morning. We encountered several flocks of warblers as well as thrushes, flycatchers, etc.

We started by the area in the back of the water treatment plant before moving into the park. The SEPAQ open day made it even nicer as it was free to access Boucherville park today - we even got a free pass for our next visit!

At the end of the morning, our day list reached 55 species including 10 species of warblers. The list is presented below.

Bird of the day was the Olive-sided Flycatcher observed several times and at short distance.

Thanks to all who joined making it a nice morning!  - Frédéric Hareau

PN des Îles-de-Boucherville, Longueuil, Quebec, CA

8 sept. 2018 07:20 - 12:00

6.0 kilomètre(s)

55 espèces

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 1
Blue-winged Teal 1
Mallard 12
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Ring-billed Gull 20
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1

Belted Kingfisher 2
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 4
American Kestrel 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 3

Blue-headed Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 3

Warbling Vireo 8

Red-eyed Vireo 4
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Winter Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush 3
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling 60
Cedar Waxwing 2
Purple Finch 3

American Goldfinch 6
Song Sparrow 20
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Common Grackle 50
Northern Waterthrush 1
Tennessee Warbler 10
Common Yellowthroat 3

American Redstart 12
Cape May Warbler 4

Magnolia Warbler 20

Bay-breasted Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 1

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Bird Protection Quebec Field Trip - Saturday, 6 September

Saturday - 8 September- samedi 8 septembre
Ile Charron and Parc des Iles de Boucherville

Leader: Frédéric Hareau
514-805-8491 (cell phone on the day of the trip only – cellulaire pour le jour de la sortie seulement)

 7:30 a.m. From south shore (132 or Highway 20). Take 25 north, then take exit 1 toward Parc des Iles de Boucherville. From North shore (Metropolitain), take 25 south / tunnel Lafontaine, and then as soon as you leave the tunnel, take exit 1 toward Parc des Iles de Boucherville. We will meet in Front of the old Hotel des Gouverneurs, on the road to the Parc des Iles de Boucherville. Admission: $8:50 per person. We will explore different habitats on Ile Charron and Parc des Iles de Boucherville : lake, river, wooded areas looking for waterfowl, raptors, songbirds that are numerous in the area at this time of the year. Half-day trip.

7h30 Depuis la rive sud (132 ou autoroute 30), prendre la 25 Nord, puis la sortie 1 vers le parc des Iles de Boucherville. Depuis la rive Nord (Métropolitaine), prendre la 25 sud vers le tunnel Lafontaine, puis juste après la sortie du tunnel, la sortie 1 vers le parc des Iles de Boucherville. Rendez-vous en face de l’ancien Hôtel des Gouverneurs sur le chemin vers le parc des Iles de Boucherville. Entrée du parc: 8.50$ par personne. Nous explorerons plusieurs habitats, boisés, lac et baies sur l’ile Charron et dans le parc à la rechercher des canards plongeurs et barboteurs, des rapaces et des passereaux qui sont nombreux à cette époque de l’année. Demi-journée.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Sightings for Monday September 3

te-Martine, Domaine-de-la-Pêche-au-Saumon - map/carte
6 Killdeer,1 Stilt Sandpiper (was with the  Baird's and Lesser sandpipers), 1 Baird's Sandpiper, 12 Least Sandpiper, 6 Spotted Sandpiper, 30 Lesser Yellowlegs

6 Pluvier kildir, 1 Bécasseau à échasses (L`oiseau était avec les minuscule et de Baird) Bécasseau de Baird, 12 Bécasseau minuscule, 6 Chevalier grivelé, 30 Petit chevalier - Denise Simonl

Saturday, September 01, 2018

PQ Field Trip Report - Saturday, September 1 - Dundee, QC

16 birders were actually happy to see some overcast skies today at the Lac St-Francois Reserve in Dundee. It was already 20 degrees C. early in the morning and the humidity was rising quickly. The clouds throughout most of the morning helped to keep the scorching rays under wraps. The birds seemed a little quiet, not expending too much energy throughout the morning. Persistence paid off though as what we thought would be a short species list turned into a respectable 50 species for this time of the year. We were also very please to welcome Mustafa Kasapoglu, from Turkey, in Montreal to visit his daughter at McGill University. Thanks to Bob and Anne Tittler for giving him a lift to the field trip. Just about all the birds he saw were lifers for him. Now on to today's results.

Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 4
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 6
Osprey 8

Ring-billed Gull 4
Caspian Tern 1
Rock Pigeon 20
Mourning Dove 8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Merlin 1
Alder Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird 3
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed VIreo 3
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 12
Tree Swallow 30
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 6
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 12
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 2
Cape May Warbler 2

Magnolia Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 20
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6

Red-winged Blackbird 250
Common Grackle 5
Baltimore Oriole 1
Purple Finch 4
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 1

Sheldon Harvey & Wayne Grubert
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