Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Summer Series of Birding - Field Trip #2

For this week's field trip we'll be visiting two locations that, to the best of my knowledge, BPQ has not visited previously, at least in recent memory. These are two locations that are visited regularly by the Laval and the Mirabel birding clubs.

We will begin in eastern Laval, at the Laval Cemetery at 5505 rang du Bas-Saint-François, Laval. This is a very interesting location with a great mix of habitat. We visited the cemetery on Tuesday and were rewarded with a great sighting of a Northern Mockingbird! We will be driving through the cemetery, stopping at a number of different spots to check out the birds.

After completing the tour of the cemetery, we'll travel in convoy to the Tylee Marsh at 202 chemin de la Grande-Cote in Rosemere. At the cemetery I'll provide everyone with a map with the route from the cemetery to the Tylee Marsh. From the parking lot we'll walk the long, elevated boardwalk through the marsh and then take a couple of trails that lead down to the waterfront on the Mille-Iles River.

Saturday, July 4, 2015
8:00 a.m. - Half-day - combination driving/walking trip
Meet in the parking lot at the Laval Cemetery, 5505 rang du Bas-Saint-Francois, Laval,

Driving Instructions: The following webpage will give you a map with various route possibilities for getting to the cemetery.

It should be an interesting morning of birding. If you have questions, please contact me by e-mail. On the morning of the trip you can reach me at 514-637-2141. - Sheldon Harvey

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer Series of Birding Field Trip #1 Report - June 27

Our 12th annual Summer Series of Birding kicked off today in fine fashion at Parc des Rapides in Ville Lasalle. No less that 32 birders showed up on a beautiful morning for a walk along the waterfront in Lasalle and Verdun and then along the trails of the park itself. It was particularly fun to have several fairly novice birders along on today's outing. Special thanks to a number of our veteran birders who helped out the newcomers with spotting birds, various identification tips, etc. We all had a great time.

A great start to the Summer. Thanks to everyone who turned out for the morning. - Sheldon Harvey

We completed the morning with 36 species. Here is our list: Canada Goose 60, Wood Duck 1, Gadwall 2, American Wigeon 9, Mallard 30, Hooded Merganser 1, Common Merganser 5, Double-crested Cormorant 20, Great Blue Heron 30, Great Egret 12, Black-crowned Night Heron 4, Spotted Sandpiper 1, Ring-billed Gull 80, Great Black-backed Gull 4, Common Tern 10, Rock Pigeon 1, Mourning Dove 2, Chimney Swift 10, Belted Kingfisher 1, Downy Woodpecker 3, Eastern Kingbird 8, Warbling Vireo 4, American Crow 1, Tree Swallow 35, American Robin 8, Gray Catbird 1, European Starling 12, Cedar Waxwing 6, Yellow Warbler 12, Song Sparrow 15, Northern Cardinal 3, Red-winged Blackbird 100+, Common Grackle 4, Baltimore Oriole 6, American Goldfinch 1, House Sparrow 6

Bernache du Canada 60, Canard branchu 1, Canard chipeau 2, Canard d'Amérique 9, Canard colvert 30, Harle couronné 1, Grand Harle 5, Cormoran à aigrettes 20, Grand héron 30, Grande Aigrette 12, Bihoreau gris 4, Chevalier grivelé, Goéland à bec cerclé 80, Goéland marin 4, Sterne pierregarin 10, Pigeon biset 1, Tourterelle triste 2, Martinet ramoneur 10, Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique 1, Pic mineur 3, Tyran tritri 8, Viréo mélodieux 4, Corneille d'Amérique 1 , Hirondelle bicolore 35, Merle d'Amérique 8, Moqueur chat 1, Étourneau sansonnet 12, Jaseur d'Amérique 6, Paruline jaune 12, Bruant chanteur 15, Cardinal rouge 3, Carouge à épaulettes 100+, Quiscale bronzé 4, Oriole de Baltimore 6, Chardonneret jaune 1, Moineau domestique 6

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sightings for Saturday June 27

Châteauguay, Refuge Faunique Marguerite-D’Youville - map/carte

Glossy Ibis Seen at the marsh of the petite digue 

Ibis falcinelle Observé dans le marais de la petite digue. -  Phil Audet

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sightings for Friday June 26

Châteauguay, Refuge Faunique Marguerite-D’Youville - map/carte

Glossy Ibis Observed in the marsh of the petite digues southern end Photographers were also present at this site

Ibis falcinelle Observé dans le marais au sud de la petite digue. Des photogrpahes étaient également présent sur placeDominic Gendron

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Series of Birding - Field Trip #1

12th Annual Summer Series of Birding - Field Trip #1- Saturday, June 27, 2015
The spring field trips have ended and it's time to kick off the 12th annual Summer Series of Birding.

For those not familiar with the Summer Series, we choose the destination of each week's field trip just a few days prior to the trip itself. The destination each week is posted on Songsparrow, on the BPQ Facebook page and in a weekly e-mailing usually by Wednesday or Thursday. I'll try to come up with some locations that we haven't visited before, or locations we haven't visited in a long time. Also if any rare birds show up in our region throughout the summer, we'll do our best to get out to look for them.

To kick off this summer's trips, we'll keep it local giving everyone an opportunity to come to an easy-to-get-to destination. We will be heading to the always interesting and popular Parc des Rapides in Ville LaSalle. We'll explore the park as well as the LaSalle/Verdun waterfront looking for songbirds, marsh birds, water fowl, gulls, terns, raptors, and whatever else we can find!

DATE: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Ville LaSalle, Parc des Rapides
Start Time: 8:00 a.m. - Half-day walking trip

Meet in the parking lot at Parc des Rapides, corner of LaSalle Blvd. and 6th Avenue in Ville LaSalle (just east of Bishop Power Blvd.). Free Parking
Driving Instructions: Take Hwy 20 to the Blvd. de la Vérendrye exit. Heading west on de la Vérendrye, follow it to Bishop Power Blvd/Shevchenko. Turn left on Bishop Power Blvd and follow to the waterfront on LaSalle Blvd. Turn left on LaSalle Blvd. and follow it to the parking lot at the corner of 6th Avenue.
From the West Island another option is Highway 20 to the Angrignon Blvd. exit. Follow Angrignon Blvd which changes name to des Trinitaires at Newman Blvd. Continue on des Trinitaires to de la Verendrye Blvd. Turn right on de la Verendrye and follow it to Bishop Power Blvd/Shevchenko. Turn left on to Bishop Power and follow the instructions above.
Public transportation is available from the Angrignon Metro station. Check metro and bus routes for full details.

If you have questions, please contact me by e-mail. On the morning of the trip you can reach me at 514-637-2141.
We look forward to another great summer of birding. - Sheldon Harvey

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" June 20

A number of south-western Quebec's favourite birding hotspots were on the route for today's annual BPQ Summer Solstice field trip...and they did not disappoint. A small group this year, just 7 birders, were treated to an average of 11 species per birder for a total of 77 species in roughly 7 consecutive hours of birding. That's a really great number considering that the route did not take us to any significant bodies of water, thus no ducks or geese on the list, and only a handful of marsh and shorebirds.

Single-digit temperatures greeted us at our 5:15 AM start time in Ormstown. Things warmed up fairly quickly throughout the morning and we were treated to a spectacular day of clear skies, cooling breezes and low humidity. Our stops included 3e Rang/Gore Road, ch. des Planches, 4e rang and Mtee. Biggar in Godmanchester, ch. Paul and ch d'Athelstan in Athelstan, wrapping up in downtown Huntingdon for lunch.

Highlights of the day included Upland Sandpipers at the Graham Family farm on Gore Road; Clay-coloured Sparrows on ch. des Planches, north of Ridge Road; and a Golden-winged Warbler on Mtee. Biggar.

Thanks to everyone for getting up early to join Wayne and me on our final spring outing of 2015. Next week we kick off the 12th year of the Summer Series of Birding. Keep an eye on here, the Songsparrow group and BPQ's Facebook page for each week's destination. - Sheldon Harvey

Here is today's complete list: Great Blue Heron 2, Great Egret 1, Turkey Vulture 6, Northern Harrier 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, Virginia Rail 1, Killdeer 2, Upland Sandpiper 2, Wilson's Snipe 3, Ring-billed Gull 30, Rock Pigeon 12, Mourning Dove 20, Chimney Swift 6, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 10, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 4, Eastern Wood-Pewee 4, Alder Flycatcher 4, Willow Flycatcher 1, Least Flycatcher 6, Eastern Phoebe 5, Great-crested Flycatcher 6, Eastern Kingbird 5, Warbling Vireo 8, Red-eyed Vireo 15, Blue Jay 6, American Crow 15, Common Raven 2, Horned Lark 1, Tree Swallow 24, Cliff Swallow 1, Barn Swallow 20, Black-capped Chickadee 6, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Brown Creeper 3, House Wren 5, Eastern Bluebird 8, Veery 10, Wood Thrush 4, American Robin 20, Gray Catbird 6, European Starling 30, Cedar Waxwing 35, Golden-winged Warbler 1, Yellow Warbler 6, Chestnut-sided Warbler 2, Black-throated Blue Warbler 1, Black and White Warbler 1, American Redstart 20, Ovenbird 12, Northern Waterthrush 1, Common Yellowthroat 8, Scarlet Tanager 2, Eastern Towhee 2, Chipping Sparrow 8, Clay-coloured Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 4, Savannah Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 12, Swamp Sparrow 3, White-throated Sparrow 5, Northern Cardinal 3, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6, Indigo Bunting 4, Bobolink 20, Red-winged Blackbird 15, Eastern Meadowlark, American Goldfinch 20, House Sparrow 6
Grand héron 2, Grande Aigrette 1, Urubu à tête rouge 6, Busard Saint-Martin 1, Buse à épaulettes 1, Buse à queue rousse 1, Crécerelle d'Amérique 1, Râle de Virginie 1, 2 Pluvier kildir, Maubèche des champs 2, Bécassine de Wilson 3, Goéland à bec cerclé 30, Pigeon biset 12, Tourterelle triste 20, Martinet ramoneur 6, Colibri à gorge rubis 1, Pic maculé 10, Pic mineur 2, Pic flamboyant 4, Pioui de l'Est 4, Moucherolle des aulnes 4, Moucherolle des saules 1, Moucherolle tchébec 6, Moucherolle phébi 5, Tyran huppé 6, Tyran tritri 5, Viréo mélodieux 8, Viréo aux yeux rouges 15, Geai bleu 6, Corneille d'Amérique 15, Grand Corbeau 2, Alouette hausse-col1, Hirondelle bicolore 24, Hirondelle à front blanc 1, Hirondelle rustique 20, Mésange à tête noire 6, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 2, Grimpereau brun 3, Troglodyte familier 5, Merlebleu de l'Est 8, Grive fauve 10, Grive des bois 4, Merle d'Amérique 20, Moqueur chat 6, Étourneau sansonnet 30 , Jaseur d'Amérique 35, Paruline à ailes dorées 1, Paruline jaune 6, Paruline à flancs marron 2, Paruline bleue 1, Paruline noir et blanc 1, Paruline flamboyante 20, Paruline couronnée 12, Paruline des ruisseaux 1, Paruline masquée 8, Piranga écarlate2, Tohi à flancs roux 2, Bruant familier 8, Bruant des plaines 2, Bruant des champs 4, Bruant des prés 6, Bruant Chanteur 12, Bruant des marais 3, Bruant à gorge blanche 5, Cardinal rouge 3, Cardinal à poitrine rose 6, Passerine indigo 4, Goglu des prés 20, Carouge à épaulettes 15, Sturnelle des prés, Chardonneret jaune 20, Moineau domestique 6

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sightings for Thursday June 18

Sainte Catherine, Récré-O-Parc - map/carte

15 species: 1 Little Gull (Observed close to Bonaparte's Gulls and common tern.. Present since June 14) 2 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 25 Double-crested Cormorant, 3 Great Blue Heron, 1 Great Egret, 5 Bonaparte's Gull, 80 Ring-billed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 100 Common Tern, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 2 Warbling Vireo, 3 Tree Swallow, 1 Yellow Warbler

15 espèces: 1 Mouette pygmée (Observée près de Mouettes de Bonaparte et de Sternes pierrregarin. Mention depuis le 14 juin). 2 Canard chipeau, 2 Canard colvert, 25 Cormoran à aigrettes, 3 Grand héron, 1 Grande Aigrette, 5 Mouette de Bonaparte, 80 Goéland à bec cerclé, 6 Goéland argenté, 2 Goéland marin, 100 Sterne pierregarin, 1 Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique, 2 Viréo mélodieux, 3 Hirondelle bicolore, 1 Paruline jaune - Monique Groulx
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