Thursday, October 23, 2014

Saturday's Oka Park Field Trip

For those planning to attend Saturday's trip to Parc National d'Oka please note that the entrance fee will probably be $6.50 per person by the time taxes are added in.

We will meet at the Centre d'Accueil du Camping at the west end of the park.

Our directions say that at the end of Highway 640 continue directly into the park along Chemin du Colline. If for some reason that park gate is not open then continue west along Highway 344 to the western park entrance.

This map might help orient you.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z8eXsXqxXWnk.kL4LMe04CLSE

Wayne

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sightings for Wednesday October 22

Verdun: Parasitic Jaeger was still present this morning behind the Natatorium in Verdun.

More details, including photos and videos, to the following address - http://ornitho-graphie.blogspot.ca/2014/10/un-labbe-montreal.html

Labbe parasite était toujours présent cet avant-midi derrière le Natatorium, à Verdun.


Plus de détails, incluant photos et vidéos, à l'adresse suivante http://ornitho-graphie.blogspot.ca/2014/10/un-labbe-montreal.html  - Jean-Sébastien Guénette 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip"

Saturday, October 25 – samedi 25 octobre
Parc National d’Oka, QC
Leader: Wayne Grubert 450-458-5498 e-mail

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8:00 a.m. Take Hwy 13 north to Hwy 640. Go west on 640 to its intersection with Hwy 344. Cross 344 into Parc d’Oka. Proceed 6.2 km to the Accueil Camping. An entrance fee of approximately $5.00 will be charged. Looking for migrating passerines, raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds. Half day.

8 h 00. De Montréal, prendre l’autoroute 13 nord jusqu’à l’autoroute 640. Continuer sur l’autoroute 640 ouest jusqu’à l’intersection avec l’autoroute 344. Traverser la 344 et entrer dans le Parc d’Oka. Continuer sur une distance de 6,2 km jusqu’à l’Accueil Camping. Frais d’entrée: environ 5,00$. Espèces recherchées : passereaux en migration, rapaces, sauvagine et limicoles. Demi-journée.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sightings for Sunday October 19

Hudson: A large flock of approximately 400 Black Scoters (macreuse noire) made a brief appearance off Jack Layton Park this morning and after rising and settling several times headed en masse east along the Ottawa River. Where to? Farther east on Lake of Two Mountains? Lac St Louis? - Wayne Grubert
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La Prairie; At the corner of Marie-Victorin and Leon Bloy-O, on the river, there were 10 Long-tailed Ducks, 5 Black scoter amongst a raft of 200+ Scaup.

Au coin de Marie-Victorin et Leon-Bloy O, sur le fleuve, il y a 10 Harelde kakawi, 5 Macreuse noire parmi un radeau de 200 et plus fuligules. - José Gagnon et Alain Sylvain

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sightings for Saturday October 18

Victoriaville, Réservoir Beaudet: Tonight around 5:00 p.m. a Greater white-fronted Goose  was amongst the Snow geese. Also the Canvasback was still there

Une Oie rieuse parmi les Oies des neiges. Aussi le Fuligule à dos blanc était toujours sur place. Daniel Gagné
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Henryville: south of the bridge on rte 225 -5 Killdeer - 4 Greater Yellowlegs - 22 Lesser yellowlegs - 1 Stilt sandpiper (late!) -1 long-billed dowitcher - 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers (late)  -1 Dunlin - 27 Pectoral sandpipers -4 Wilson's snipe

au sud du pont de la 225 - 5 Pluviers kildirs - 4 Grands Chevaliers - 22 Petits chevaliers - 1  Bécasseau échasses (tardif!) -1 Bécassin long bec - 2 Bécasseaux semipalms (tardifs) -1 Bécasseau variable -27 Bécasseaux poitrine cendrée - 4 Bécassines de Wilson - Samuel Denault
 

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" October 18

Hungry Bay, Beauharnois, St Timothée Area

8 birders joined the field trip this morning along the Beauharnois Canal. We were lucky enough to avoir rain all morning (expect a few drops for 3 minuts), making it a wonderful fall morning for birding mild and with limited wind. This allowed us to find a nice variety of waterfowl (22 species), including 3 species of grebe, scoters and eurasian Wigeon.

The ducks were particularly numerous - 1000s of scaups, ring-necked ducks and wigeons - at the 'étang' in St-Louis-de-Gonzague.

Overall, 44 species were observed by the group + 1 specie observed before the start of the trip - Fred Hareau

Snow Goose 52, Canada Goose 2000+, Gadwall 30, Eurasian Wigeon 1, American Wigeon 300+, American Black Duck 10, Mallard 30, Northern Pintail 20, Green-winged Teal 6, Ring-necked Duck 100+ (likely in the 1000s), Greater Scaup 30, Lesser Scaup 6, Greater/Lesser Scaup 1000+, White-winged Scoter 8, Black Scoter 3, Long-tailed Duck 5 (before start of the trip), Hooded Merganser 2, Common Merganser 1, Ruddy Duck 2, Common Loon 12, Pied-billed Grebe 6, Horned Grebe 1, Red-necked Grebe 2, Double-crested Cormorant 100+, Great Blue Heron 2, Ring-billed Gull 30, Herring Gull 6, Great Black-backed Gull 4, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20, Mourning Dove 5, Downy Woodpecker 2, Peregrine Falcon 2, Blue Jay 4, American Crow 10, Common Raven 1, Black-capped Chickadee 10, American Robin 4, European Starling 8, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Song Sparrow 3, Swamp Sparrow 2, White-throated Sparrow 2, Dark-eyed Junco 2, Red-winged Blackbird 30, Rusty Blackbird 10, Common Grackle 1

Oie des neiges 52, Bernache du Canada, plus de 2000, Canard chipeau 30 Canard siffleur 1, Canard d'Amérique plus de 300, Canard noir 10, Canard colvert 30, Canard pilet 20, Sarcelle d'hiver 6, Fuligule à collier 100 + (probablement dans les 1000s ), Fuligule milouinan 30, Petit fuligule 6, Grand / Petit Fuligule 1000, Macreuse brune 8, Macreuse noire 3, Harelde kakawi 5 (avant le début d'excursion), Harle couronné 2, Grand Harle 1, Érismature rousse 2, Plongeon huard 12, Grèbe à bec bigarré 6, Grèbe esclavon 1, Grèbe jougris 2, Cormoran à aigrettes 100 +, Grand Héron 2, Goéland à bec cerclé 30, Goéland argenté 6, Goéland marin 4 , Pigeon biset 20, Tourterelle triste 5, Pic mineur 2, Faucon pèlerin 2, Geai bleu 4, Corneille d'Amérique 10, Grand Corbeau 1, Mésange à tête noire 10, Merle d'Amérique 4, l'Étourneau sansonnet 8, Paruline à croupion jaune 4, Bruant chanteur 3, Bruant des marais 2, Bruant à gorge blanche 2, Junco ardoisé 2, Carouge à épaulettes 30, Quiscale rouilleux 10, Quiscale bronzé 1

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip"

Saturday, October 18 – samedi 18 octobre
Hungry Bay, Beauharnois, St Timothée Area
Leader: Fred Hareau


8:00 a.m. Meet at Hungry Bay. If you are taking the Mercier Bridge from Montreal, go (left) east on Highway 132 for 4.5 km to Highway 730. Take Highway 730 to its junction with Highway 30. Proceed west on Highway 30 for approximately 33 km to the exit for Highway 530. Take Highway 530 until its end. Turn left onto Highway 132, crossing the bridge, and continue approximately 1.0 km. Turn right on Chemin du Canal. Bear right after 2.3km and continue following Chemin du Canal to its end. Caution: This becomes a very narrow road. An alternative route, especially from the West Island, is to take Hwy 20 or 40 west past Vaudreuil-Dorion to Highway 30. Take Highway 30 (Toll $2.00) and then exit onto Highway 530 and continue as per instructions above.

During this fall migration period we will be looking for goldeneyes, scaup, grebes, scoters and other diving waterfowl which never fail to frequent this region. We will also look for other migrants including passerines and raptors. We will begin our trip at Hungry Bay near Valleyfield, then go back along the Beauharnois Canal visiting the ponds at Saint-Louis de Gonzague and finish our outing at St Timothée. Half day.

8 h 00. Rassemblement à Hungry Bay. Si vous arrivez depuis le pont Mercier en provenance de Montréal, prenez vers l’est (gauche) sur la route 132 pour 4.5 km jusqu’à l’autoroute 730. Prendre l’autoroute 730 jusqu’à sa jonction avec l’autoroute 30. Continuez vers l’ouest sur l’autoroute 30 pendant environ 33 km jusqu’à la sortie vers l’autoroute 530. Prendre l’autoroute 530 jusqu’au bout. Tournez à gauche sur la route 132, traverser le pont et continuer sur environ 1.0 km. Tournez à droite sur Chemin du canal. Restez à droite après 2.3 km et continuez jusqu’au bout du Chemin du Canal. Faites attention car c’est une route très étroite.

Un itinéraire alternatif depuis l’Ouest de l’Île de Montréal, consiste à prendre l’autoroute 20 ou 40 ouest au-delà de Vaudreuil-Dorion jusqu’à l’autoroute 30. Prenez l’autoroute 30 (frais de 2,00 $), puis sortez sur l’autoroute 530 et continuer en suivant les instructions données ci-dessus.

En cette période de migration automnale, nous serons à la recherche des garrots, fuligules, grèbes et macreuses et autres canards plongeurs qui ne manquent pas de fréquenter la région du Canal de Beauharnois. Nous chercherons également les autres migrateurs, notamment les passereaux et rapaces. Nous débuterons notre excursion par Hungry Bay, aux abords de Valleyfield, puis remonterons le canal de Beauharnois, visitant les étangs de Saint-Louis de Gonzague, pour finir notre sortie à St Timothée. Demi-journée.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" October 11

The field trip to Refuge Faunique Marguerite D’Youville in Chateauguay had 13 participants on a cool morning 5 C, with 2 or 3 light showers lasting only a few minutes each, but thankfully no wind. With the calm water we expected a few more duck species than were seen. Although we did manage to see 6 Red-necked grebes and 6 Loons, which were considered to be the birds of the day. The find of the day was a Virginia rale seen by a few of us, that was found by Sylvie Vanier.


47 species, plus 2 unidentified raptors: 100 Canada Goose, 2 Wood Duck, 6 American Black Duck, 40 Mallard, 7 Green-winged Teal, 2 Greater Scaup, 1 Common Goldeneye, 6 Common Loon, 6 Red-necked Grebe, 20 Double-crested Cormorant, 1 American Bittern, 1 Great Blue Heron, 9 Great Egret, 2 Black-crowned Night-Heron, 1 Virginia Rail, 3 Wilson's Snipe, 3 Bonaparte's Gull, 30 Ring-billed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Rock Pigeon, 2 Belted Kingfisher, 3 Downy Woodpecker, 4 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 2 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 20 Blue Jay, 6 American Crow, 30 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 Tufted Titmouse, 14 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Brown creeper, 1 Marsh Wren, 6 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 30 American Robin, 40 European Starling, 20 , Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Fox Sparrow, 12 Song Sparrow, 1 Swamp Sparrow, 20 White-throated Sparrow, 20 
White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Dark-eyed Junco, 5 Northern Cardinal, 20 Red-winged Blackbird, 20 Rusty Blackbird

47 espèces, plus 2 rapaces non identifiés: 100 Bernache du Canada , 2 Canard branchu, 6 Canard noir, 40 Canard colvert, 7 Sarcelle d'hiver, 2 Fuligule milouinan, 1 Garrot à oeil d'or , 6 Plongeon huard, 6 Grèbe jougris, 20 Cormoran à aigrettes, 1 Butor d'Amérique, 1 Grand Héron, 9 Grande aigrette, 2 Bihoreau gris, 1 Râle de Virginie, 3 Bécassine de Wilson, 3 Mouette de Bonaparte, 30 Goéland à bec cerclé, 2 Goéland marin, 6 Pigeon biset, 2 Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique, 3 Pic mineur, 4 Pic chevelu, 1 Pic flamboyant, 2 Grand Pic, 1 Viréo aux yeux rouges, 20 Geai bleu, 6 Corneille d'Amérique, 30 Mésange à tête noire, 1 Mésange bicolore, 14 Sittelle à poitrine blanche, 1 Grimpereau brun, 1 Troglodyte des marais, 6 Roitelet à couronne dorée, 8 Roitelet à couronne rubis, 30 Merle d'Amérique, 40 Étourneau sansonnet, 20, Paruline à croupion jaune, 1 Bruant fauve, 12 Bruant chanteur, 1 Bruant des marais, 20 Bruant à gorge blanche, 20 Bruant à couronne blanche, 3 Junco ardoisé, 5 Cardinal rouge, 20 carouge à épaulettes, 20 Quiscale rouilleux
 
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