Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Morgan Arboretum, Montreal, June 18, 2014

White Admiral Limenitis arthemis
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus
Mystery rump (terrible picture, I know)
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

  A quick jaunt through the Morgan Arboretum with birding companions Dan and Helly turned into a grim death march, thanks to the clouds of voracious and merciless mosquitoes. When we weren’t waving our swollen hands around like idiots in a vain effort to fend off the mozzies, we managed to get decent looks at a few cracking summer birds. In addition to the birds listed below, we heard an interesting bird call coming from the dense treetop foliage. To my ears, it most sounded like a (Eurasian) Grey Nightjar, only slower (listen to the ‘call’, second from the top): What sounds like this in North America? Any input is most welcome. 
  Bird(s) of the day - Matt: Common Yellowthroat, Dan: Indigo Bunting, Helly: Hairy Woodpecker.

Turkey Vulture – 1
Chimney Swift - 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 2 briefly but well seen
Hairy Woodpecker - 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee – 2 heard
Red-eyed Vireo - 1
American Crow - 4
Black-capped Chickadee – 10+
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
American Robin – 4+
Yellow Warbler – 2 heard, perhaps
Common Yellowthroat – 1 gorgeous and confiding male checked us out closely
Indigo Bunting – 1 cracking male calling from a tree top
Northern Cardinal - 2
Chipping Sparrow – 12+
Song Sparrow - 7
Red-winged Blackbird – 6+
Common Grackle - 3
American Goldfinch – 10+

The butterfly was a White Admiral, and the strange nightjar-like call belonged in fact to an Eastern Chipmunk. Thanks BPQers for the input.

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