Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sightings for Saturday November 28

Etang, St-Louis-de-Gonzague map/carte
50 Snow Goose, 20 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 2 American Wigeon, 5 Mallard, 1 Canvasback, 200 Ring-necked Duck, 5 Greater Scaup, 2 Lesser Scaup, 20 Greater/Lesser Scaup, 1 Common Goldeneye, 85 Hooded Merganser, 1 Common Merganser, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Herring Gull, 2 American Crow, 2 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 American Goldfinch 

50 Oie des neiges, 20 Bernache du Canada, 2 Canard chipeau, 2 Canard d'Amérique, 5 Canard colvert, 1 Fuligule à dos blanc, 200 Fuligule à collier, 5 Fuligule milouinan, 2 Petits Fuligules, 20 Grand / Petits Fuligules, 1 Garrot à oeil d'or, 85 Harle couronné, 1 Grand Harle, 1 Harle huppé, 1 Grèbe jougris, 3 Goéland argenté, 2 Corneille d'Amérique, 2 Mésange à tête noire, 1 Chardonneret jaune - Frederic Hareau
Aéroport de St-Hubert: 3 Snowy Owl seen from Boulevard Clairevue. There was a male in the field of airport and two juveniles in the field east of Clairevue

3 Harfangs des neiges Observés à partir du boulevard Clairevue. Il y avait un mâle sur le terrain de l'Aéroport et 2 juvéniles dans le champ à l'est de Clairevue - Gilles Ethier

BPQ's Annual Montreal Christmas Bird Count - Call for participants

The 2015 Montreal Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 19, 2015

One of Bird Protection Quebec’s (BPQ) most popular annual events, the Montreal Christmas Bird Count (CBC), will take place on Saturday, December 19, 2015. The annual bird counts play a vital role in tracking local and national birding trends and are one of the most important events on the citizen science calendar.

We are looking for more people to join us on the count this year. If you have not participated previously but are interested in doing so this year, please contact us and we'll set you up on a team. It’s not complicated and it’s a lot of fun. You will be placed on a team with some experienced Christmas counters who will show you the ropes!

The 24 km-wide circle for the Montreal area count is centred at the intersection of Sherbrooke Street West and Westminster Avenue in Montreal West. An overview of the count, a map of the count circle, and the results from past years are all available on our website. Teams of birders are assigned to specific territories to cover as much of the circle as possible. In order to do that, as many participants as possible are needed.

If you live anywhere within the count circle and have feeders installed, but are unable to join one of our field teams, you can still assist us without leaving the comfort of your home. Our website explains how you participate as a FeederWatcher.

Complete information on the Montreal Christmas Bird Count, as well as the Hudson Christmas Bird Count being held on Sunday, December 27, is available on the following BPQ webpage

If you have any questions, or wish to register for the event, please contact Sheldon Harvey,  e-mail ... or telephone: 450-462-1459.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" Saturday, November 28

Saturday November 28th

Leaders: Sheldon Harvey 450-462-1459  e-mail
Wayne Grubert 450-458-5498  e-mail
Cell (PLEASE use only on morning of trip)

8:00AM Meet in the parking lot at the north end of the St-Louis-de-Gonzague Bridge.

From the south shore take Highway 30 west. After approximately 40 km depending on your starting point take the 530 toward Salaberry de Valleyfield. After approximately 3km take exit 9 off the 530. Turn left onto Boulevard Pie-XII. Proceed 6km to the parking lot on the left side of the road just before the St-Louis-de-Gonzague Bridge.
From the West Island take Hwy 40 or 20 west then take highway 30 (toll $2.40 each way). Shortly after the toll take 530 toward Salaberry de Valleyfield. After approximately 3km take exit 9 off the 530. Turn left onto Boulevard Pie-XII. Proceed 6km to the parking lot on the left side of the road just before the St-Louis-de-Gonzague Bridge.
We will explore various areas in the Beauharnois/Valleyfield area looking for waterfowl, late migrants, and winter birds. Dress warmly as we will often be near the water. Half Day.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sightings for Wednesday November 25

Chateaugauy, Ile Saint-Bernard
Northern shrike (Pie-grièche grise) 
with it's mealT. Long, S. Veysey
click photo to enlarge

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sightings for Tuesday November 24

Montréal, Pointe-Claire - autoroute 40 between entre blvd Des Sources & St-Jean: Snowy owl On a lamppost, in the curve to at exit 40 east

Harfang des neiges Sur un lampadaire assez bas, dans la courbe pour la sortie 40 est 
- Julie Tremblay

Montréal, autoroute 13 near autoroute 40 2 Snowy owl A very white snowy before the exit for the 13 and a highly dark spotted one after the 13 on the south side of the highway, both on a lamppost.

2 Harfangs des neiges Un harfang très blanc avant la sortie pour la 13 et un très tacheté foncé après la 13, sur le côté sud de l'autoroute, les deux sur un lampadaire.- Julie Tremblay
Yamachiche, 158-160 Chemin des Petites-Terres: Snowy owl  Harfang des neiges
Saint-Joseph-de-Maskinongé, Route de la Rivière aux Pins - map/carte: 1 Rough-legged Hawk Buse pattue, 5 Snowy Owl Harfangs des neiges - Raymond Piché

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" - Sunday, November 21

18 birders met this morning for a three hour ramble through the Morgan Arboretum. The temperature started close to zero and didn’t get much warmer, though the sun did decide to shine towards the end of the morning.

Winkling birds out of hiding was seriously hard work today, but by the end we had seen some fifteen species in all as listed below. The Canada Geese, of course, were fly-overs and the Coopers Hawk was a putative Coopers Hawk as it didn’t stay still long enough in its distant tree for a 100% certain identification. This has been an unusually busy year on the West Island for Purple Finches which have been seen in several locations in small groups since the start of the month. Today we had two small groups of five or six each on different feeders and in the bushed around them. Usually House Finches are the predominant species, but not right now (one of our party posted a photo half an hour ago on the BPQ Facebook page). Excellent views of a Pileated Woodpecker were enjoyed. Of the smaller Woodpeckers, Hairies were more in evidence.

On a sadder note, the more northerly of the two McGill farm fields to the east of the arboretum in which Bobolinks have nested in recent years has now been totally occupied by one of the organic farming groups who have now ploughed it from one end to the other. A few years back they only occupied the far end of the field but now it is no longer going to be welcoming to Bobolinks as they have taken over completely.

Canada Goose 71, Cooper's Hawk 1, Downy Woodpecker 5, Hairy Woodpecker 7, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 9, Black-capped Chickadee 25, White-breasted Nuthatch 14, Dark-eyed Junco 9, White-throated Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 2, House Finch 2, Purple Finch 8, American Goldfinch 40

Bernache du Canada 71, Épervier de Cooper 1, Pic mineur 5, Pic chevelu 7, Grand Pic 1, Geai bleu 8, Corneille d'Amérique 9, Mésange à tête noire 25, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 14, Junco ardoisé 9, Bruant à gorge blanche 1, Cardinal rouge 2, Roselin familier 2, Roselin pourpré 8, Chardonneret jaune 40 - Richard Gregson

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sightings for Wednesday November 18

Yesterday and today there was an alcid, possibly two, at the Beauharnois dam. One was a Ist-winter Razorbill (petits pingouins), the other seemingly smaller but given the conditions it was hard to be certain if it was indeed a different bird. It (they) are repeatedly flying in close to the channels after floating down almost out of sight. The viewing is particularly difficult due to the small size of the bird(s), the rapid flight, the constant bouncing around in the rough water and frequent disappearance between the waves, the almost constant diving, the distance involved, the wind, telescope shake, and my tearing eyes! Oh, and the gulls are harassing the birds for food. Besides the alcid(s) there was at least a dozen Common Loons (Plongeons huards) and a Horned Grebe Grèbe esclavon, plus the usual Double-crested cormorant (Cormorans à aigrettes) and Common merganser (Grand Harle). Since it is supposed to rain tomorrow I won't have a chance to get back until Friday at the earliest to check further. Hopefully, the conditions will be better and I can get a photo. - Bob Barnhurst

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" Saturday, November 21

Saturday 21 November – samedi 21 novembre 
GuideRichard Gregson  e-mail
8:00 a.m.  From Montreal take Highway 40 west. Take exit 44 (Morgan Blvd.). Turn left on Chemin Ste-Marie. Drive 1.4 km to second stop sign (at Arboretum road). Turn right. Drive 1 km to main parking on left. $6.00 admission charge for non-Arboretum-members.($4 for Seniors 65+ and students). Half day.
8 h 00.  De Montréal, prendre l’autoroute 40 ouest, sortie 44 (boul. Morgan). Tourner à gauche sur le chemin Ste-Marie et continuer sur une distance de 1,4 km jusqu’au second arrêt (rue Arboretum). Tourner à droite et rouler sur une distance de 1 km jusqu’au stationnement principal, situé à gauche. Frais d’entrée : 6,00 $ pour les non-membres. (4$ pour les ainés de 65 ans et plus et les étudiants, $3 pour les enfants de 14 ans et moins). Demi-journée
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