Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Paint it Blackpoll Warbler

St-Louis-de-Gonzague
Marais St-Timothée
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  Turns out the Blackpoll Warblers were at St-Louis-de-Gonzague and Marais St-Timothée!  Finding a target bird is always fun, and a bit surreal in this case.  Guess I'll have to try to find some of those rarer warblers now, heh heh.  Dan and I headed southwest this morning, and it was birdy as all get-out.  At SLDG we got out of the car to the sound of at least 80 Common Terns near the bridge, with over 20 Cliff Swallows wallowing overhead - they seem slow for swallows.  Several Barn and Tree Swallows were also present.  The mimids were also out in full force - we had a Brown Thrasher and Gray Catbird there as well, and even a Northern Mockingbird perched at the roadside near town.  A male Baltimore Oriole was showing well nearby.  
  At Marais St-Timothée, several more Gray Catbirds and Blackpoll Warblers, as well as two Spotted Sandpipers, and single examples of Eastern Kingbird, Least Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, and Baltimore Oriole.  The temperature maxed out at 30 today, so I'm a bit wiped out, I may add some more details later.  Dan was crumpled in the bushes at one point because of the heat, poor fella.

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