Monday, November 7, 2016

Ile Saint-Bernard, November 5, 2016

Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens (or is it toothpaste?)
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
Northern Green Frog Rama clamitans
Northern Leopard Frog Lithobates pipiens
White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus
Dan triple-checks the scoter
Lovely Grande Digue

  Saturday saw Dan and I make a triumphant return to lovely Île Sainte-Bernard, and its superb array of habitat. Under heavy clouds we walked the trails until our backs ached, which happens faster than it did a few years ago. The undisputed star attraction was a ridiculously gorgeous Carolina Wren. The bird appeared at our feet appeared as if by sorcery, while we stood preoccupied watching the antics of nearly tame Black-capped Chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches. It posed and called from quite close, before bizarrely flying up into what looked like an old squirrel’s nest. High on the list of spectacular birding moments, that one. 
  The numerous American Tree Sparrows by the Grand Digue were a treat to watch as they vocalized and chased each other around. A distant scoter had us scratching our heads, but turned out to be a Surf Scoter. Probably. Two Mallard pairs were seen performing head-bobbing displays. Several White-tailed Deer, Muskrats, and lethargic frogs were also seen.

Reserve Faunique Marguerite-D’Youville, Île Sainte-Bernard, Châteauguay, November 5, 2016
Double-crested Cormorant – 1
Great Blue Heron – 1 flyby
Canada Goose – 27
Mallard – 46
American Black Duck – 3
Green-winged Teal – 17
Surf Scoter – 1 near Pointe Nord
Common Goldeneye – 5 flyby
Hooded Merganser – 8 flyby
Red-breasted Merganser – 7
Red-tailed Hawk – 1
Falcon sp – 1 chasing a Red-bellied Woodpecker
Ring-billed Gull – 5+
Rock Dove – 45+
Mourning Dove -1
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1 male
Downy Woodpecker – 6+
Hairy Woodpecker – 1
Pileated Woodpecker – 1 heard
Blue Jay – 3
American Crow – 3
Black-capped Chickadee – 50+
Brown Creeper – 1
White-breasted Nuthatch – 12
Carolina Wren – 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3
American Robin – 75+
Bohemian Waxwing – 2
European Starling – 2
Northern Cardinal – 4
American Tree Sparrow – 14 at Grande Digue
Song Sparrow – 4
Fox Sparrow – 1
White-throated Sparrow – 5
Dark-eyed Junco -2
Red-winged Blackbird – 3
American Goldfinch – 10

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