Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sightings for Wednesday January 11

Montreal, Outremont: Near Van Horne - Red-shouldered Hawk (Buse à épaulettes) - Michele Peko

Friday, January 06, 2017

Sightings for Thursday January 5

Repentigny, Rue Ethier - Jardin privé: Un petit duc maculé dans un trou de l'arbre - depuis 28eme Decembre, mais pas tous les jours!
Eastern screech owl at roost hole - since 28th December, on and off - Nathan Gricks

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Sightings for Tuesday January 3

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Parc des Bâtisseurs - map/carte:

1 King Eider, 1 Common Goldeneye, 1 Downy Woodpecker all near the bridge

1 Eider à tête grise, 1 Garrot à oeil d'orm, 1 Pic mineur - Tout près du pont
 - Sylvie Robert
Montréal, Cimetières Mt-Royal & Notre-Dame-des-Neiges - map/carte: Townsend's Solitaire (Solitaire de Townsend)

Toujours dans le même secteur au sud des canons près de la clôture qui sépare les deux cimetières au sommet d'un peuplier pour ensuite se déplacer à l'ouest des canons.

Still in the same area south of the cannons, near the fence that separates the two cemeteries. Atop a poplar and then moved west of the cannons - Maya Longpre-Croteau, Shrijeet Kaduskar

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sightings for Wednesday December 21

Repentigny, Ile Bourdon: Harfang de neige - Oiseau se repose sur la glace de Riviere des Prairies

Snowy owl {probably a female} on the river at the ice edge this afternoon. - Nathan Gricks

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Bird Protection Quebec field trip report, Saturday November 26

6 birders were brave enough to come to Hungry bay this morning despite the weather forecast. The weather was indeed not so great this morning, and we experienced fog, rain, chilly weather and spent our morning in a very wet atmosphere. But the warmth of the group largely compensated the poor weather and the birding was good in particularly for waterfowl, with 16 species observed.

Of particular interest were 4 Red-throated Loons (1 at Hungry bay, 2 at St-Louis de Gonzague, and 1 at St Thimotée), Common Loons, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe as a an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Ste-Thimotée and a very late Juvenile Common Gallinule. At some point, getting a Red-throated Loon and a Long-tailed Duck together in the scope was pretty nice.

Overall, 41 species were observed (after recalculation, it was not 39... which will please the group).

Thanks to all who joined for this nice morning. - Frederic Hareau

Canada Goose 1000+, Gadwall 30, American Wigeon 10, American Black Duck 12, Mallard 60, Ring-necked Duck 100+, Greater Scaup 1, Lesser Scaup 18, Greater/Lesser Scaup 160, Black Scoter 6, Long-tailed Duck 1, Common Goldeneye 4, Hooded Merganser 7, Common Merganser 1, Red-throated Loon 2, Common Loon 11, Red-necked Grebe 12, Double-crested Cormorant 2, Great Blue Heron 1, Common Gallinule 1, Ring-billed Gull 12, Herring Gull 2, Lesser Black-backed Gull 1, Rock Pigeon 5, Mourning Dove 2, Downy Woodpecker 2, Blue Jay 9, American Crow 6, Common Raven 2, Black-capped Chickadee 12, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Brown Creeper 1, American Robin 120, European Starling 80, American Tree Sparrow 6, Dark-eyed Junco 5, Northern Cardinal 1, Red-winged Blackbird 50, Common Grackle 2, Brown-headed Cowbird 100, American Goldfinch 4

Bernache du Canada 1000+, Canard chipeau 30, Camard d'Amérique 10, Canard noir 12, Canard colvert 100, Fuligule à collier 100+, Fuligule milouinan 1, Fuligule milouinan/Petit fuligule 40, Harelde kakawi 1, Garrot à oeil d'or 4, Harle couronné 7, Grand harle 1, Plongeon catamarin 2, Plongeon huard 11, Grèbe jougris 12, Cormoran à aigrette 2, Grand héron 1, Gallinule poule-deau 1, Goélandland à bec circlé 12, Goéland argenté 2, Goéland brun 1, Pigeon biset 5, Touterelle triste 2, Pic mineur 2, Geai bleue 9, Corneille d'Amérique 6, Mésange à tête noire 12, Mésange bicolore 2, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 1, Grimpereau brun 1, Merle d'Amérique 120, Étourneau sansonnet 80, Bruant Hudsonien 6, Junco ardoisé 5, Cardinal rouge 1, Carouge à épaulettes 50, Quisale bronzé 2, Vaché à tête brun 100, Chardonneret jaune 4

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip" Saturday November 26

Hungry Bay, Beauharnois, St Timothée Area

Saturday, November 26 – samedi 26 novembre
Guide: Frédéric Hareau
Contact: 514-805-8491 (cell phone on the day of the trip only
 – cellulaire pour le jour de la sortie seulement)

8:00 a.m Meet at Hungry Bay. Half Day.

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$2.50) 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 Demi-journée

Si vous arrivez par 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. Continuer 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. Tourner à gauche sur la route 132, traverser le pontet continuer environ 1.0 km. Tourner à droite sur Chemin du canal. Rester à droite après 2.3 km et continuer jusqu’au bout du Chemin du Canal. Faire attention: C’est une route très étroite. Un itinéraire alternatif, en particulier depuis l’Ouest de l’Ile de Montréal, consiste à prendre l’autoroute 20 ou 40 ouest passé Vaudreuil-Dorion jusqu’à l’autoroute 30. Prendre l’autoroute 30 (frais de 2,50 $), puis sortir 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, November 20, 2016

Bird Protection Quebec field trip report, Saturday November 19

21 birders may their way through the fog on Saturday morning for a field trip starting at Fort Chambly & the Chambly Basin, moving south along the Richelieu River, ending up in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Visibility was close to zero as we started the trip at 8 am. After spending some time at the waterfront behind Fort Chambly peering through the fog, hoping that it would lift, we decided to move on close to the Yule Bridge on the Richelieu River to look for one of the target species of the day. We were not denied, even with the fog, as 4 Long-tailed Ducks appeared attracting not just our attention, but the attention of another birding club that was looking for the same targets. The fog refused to lift so we decided to move south to St-Jean-sur-Richelieu with the hope of seeing several of the duck and goose species reported there earlier in the week. The fog remained with only minor breaks into the late morning. We did have a nice selection of ducks and Canada Geese, but only a small group of 10 snow geese was initially spotted. Charlie Nims suggested moving just a little further south to get a closer look at some of the birds on the river. Just as we arrived at our last stop the skies came alive with the sounds and sights of waves of thousands of snow geese returning to the river, presumably from feeding time in the nearby farm fields. Almost magically, the fog lifted, the sun emerged and the temperature began to rise, leading to a spectacular end to the day's field trip

Thanks to everyone who made their way through the fog! - Sheldon Harvey

Here is the list. Numbers, particularly for the geese, are definitely rough estimates.

Snow Goose 12, 000+, Canada Goose 3,000+, American Black Duck 12, Mallard 100, Northern Pintail 3, Greater Scaup 10, Lesser Scaup 40, Long-tailed Duck 4, Common Goldeneye 750, Hooded Merganser 50, Common Merganser 250, Double-crested Cormorant 12, Peregrine Falcon 1, Ring-billed Gull 100+, Great Black-backed Gull 2, Rock Pigeon 10, Downy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 30, Black-capped Chickadee 7, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, American Robin 1, European Starling 8, American Tree Sparrow 3, Dark-eyed Junco 12, Northern Cardinal 1, House Sparrow 6

Oie des neiges 12, 000+, Bernache du Canada 3 000+, Canard noir 12, Canard colvert 100, Canad pilet 3, Fuligule milouinan 10, Petit fuligule 40, Harelde kakawi 4, Garrot à oeil d'or 750, Harle couronné 50, Grand harle 250, Cormoran à aigrette 12, Faucon pèlerin 1, GoGoélandland à bec circlé 100+, Goéland argenté 100+, Goéland marin 2, Pigeon biset 10, Pic mineur 1, Geai bleue 2, Corneille d'Amérique 30, Mésange à tête noire, Sittelle à poitrine blanche1, Merle d'Amérique 1, Étourneau sansonnet 8, Bruant Hudsonien 3, Junco ardoisé 12, Cardinal rouge 1 Moineau domestique 6

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