Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Epic walk - Westmount Summit + two cemeteries

Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
Brown Creeper Certhia americana
Brown Creeper Certhia americana
Eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus
Northern Raccoon Procyon lotor
Eastern Chipmunk Tamias striatus
Woodchuck/Groundhog Marmota monax
  My feet ache, along with the legs that got them into trouble, after an epic six hour birdwalk.  I was going to check out the 'Westmount Warbler Walk' this morning, but must have fallen back to sleep somehow after my alarm went off at 5:45 am.  I walked up there a bit later in the morning, and just kept on walking through Côte-des-Neiges Cemetery into Mount Royal Cemetery.  The Palm Warbler and Blue-headed Vireos were promising signs of movement at the Summit, with more surely on the way - I smelled warblers in the wind last night.  Hermit Thrush, Chipping Sparrow, and White-throated Sparrow numbers seemed to be up as well.  I was surprised to see a rabbit at the Summit, presumably an Eastern Cottontail.  I wonder if it is normal to see this species there, or could this be a release of some kind?

Westmount Summit
Turkey Vulture - 2
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Ring-billed Gull – 2
Downy Woodpecker – 2
Hairy Woodpecker – 2
Northern Flicker – 4
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Blue-headed Vireo - 2
American Crow – 8
Common Raven -1 heard
Black-capped Chickadee – 10+
Brown Creeper - 6
White-breasted Nuthatch – 1 heard
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 6+
Hermit Thrush – 8
American Robin – 2
European Starling –1
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2
Palm Warbler - 1
(Black-and-white Warbler - 1 possibly heard)
Northern Cardinal – 2
Chipping Sparrow – seemingly everywhere, with 10+ birds singing at various locations all the way home
Song Sparrow – 2
White-throated Sparrow - 16
Dark-eyed Junco – 4
House Sparrow – 3 in NDG

(+ 2 Groundhogs, 1 Eastern Chipmunk, and one Eastern Cottontail - is this species normally seen at the Summit?) 

Côte-des-Neiges Cemetery + Mount Royal Cemetery
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Ring-billed Gull – 2
Rock Dove – 2
Northern Flicker – 10
Pileated Woodpecker- 1
Eastern Phoebe – 1
American Crow – 3
Black-capped Chickadee – 5
Brown Creeper - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 5
American Robin – 7
Chipping Sparrow – 12+
Song Sparrow – 4
White-throated Sparrow - 2
Dark-eyed Junco – 2
Common Grackle - 1

(+ 4 Groundhogs, and one Northern Raccoon)

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