Tuesday, April 12, 2016

St-Louis-de-Gonzague/Morgan Arboretum, April 11, 2016

No geese here :(
Rainnihilated
Foggy arbo
Sodden arbo
Creepy arbo
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
banded Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
banded American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

"Goosedip/Rainnihilation"
  A planned trip to the Morgan Arboretum was slightly modified yesterday, in order to have a look for a Pink-footed Goose that was recently spotted in the company of 3,000 Snow geese in nearby St-Louis-de-Gonzague.  When we got there, the area was largely devoid of wildfowl – only seven bewildered-looking Snow Geese were found.  I’m guessing the waterfowl moved en masse as a result of a large cold front/precipitation system that moved through the previous night.  Oh well, that’s birding – it wouldn’t be fun if you saw every bird in the book every time.  There must always be something left to look forward to.  Or at least that's what I keep telling myself when I dip.  Chin up, eh wot!
  By the time we arrived at the arbo the snow had changed to a steady rain, and we had the whole foggy, sodden place to ourselves.  It was a treat to see Golden-crowned Kinglets, a species I hadn’t seen for some while.  It brought to mind PQSPB trips from the 80s, where a young Dan and I would piss off the adults by racing ahead of the group in a crazed effort to see Kinglets.  Kinglets were like crack for us, I guess because they were so small and cute.  “Chubbyfluffy”.

St-Louis-de-Gonzague
Snow Goose – 7
Canada Goose – 75+
Mallard – 45+
Ring-necked Duck – 25+
Common Merganser – 35+
Northern Harrier – 1
Red-tailed Hawk – 3
Ring-billed Gull – 6
Mourning Dove- 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Tree Swallow – 1
Black-capped Chickadee - 4
American Robin - 2
American Tree Sparrow – 9
Song Sparrow - 4
Dark-eyed Junco – 2
Red-winged Blackbird – 8+
Rusty Blackbird - 1 probable
Common Grackle – 10+
Common Redpoll – 25+

Morgan Arboretum
Mallard – 3
Ring-billed Gull – 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 2
Downy Woodpecker – 1
Hairy Woodpecker – 1
Pileated Woodpecker -1 heard
Blue Jay – 2
American Crow – 3
Black-capped Chickadee – 12+
Brown Creeper -2
White-breasted Nuthatch – 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet – 7
American Robin – 3
Northern Cardinal – 2
Song Sparrow – 3
Dark-eyed Junco -8+
Red-winged Blackbird – 5
American Goldfinch – 3
Pine Siskin – 5
Common Redpoll – 25+
Purple Finch -1

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