Friday, April 28, 2017

Bluebirds redux

Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa
  They're back! At least three Eastern Bluebirds were seen in Mount Royal Cemetery today, in the F1 through F6 area. The males glowed an impossibly vivid shade of blue in the sun, as they followed a female around. Love was most definitely in the air, as I also encountered two Raccoons fornicating in a tree - not something you can ever unsee. And I'm not posting the pictures here - but if you send me 5$... ;)
  Also back, a personal spring first Blue-headed Vireo was spotted at the Westmount Summit. It was fairly windy up there, so other than that, relatively low numbers and variety.
  I met up with Dan in an attempt to show him the Hooded Warbler, but no dice. We found instead a group of close to 20 birders/photogs, chatting and hanging around. Ominously, just above where I spotted the bird on Wednesday was an active Cooper's Hawk nest. Otherwise, the bird mix there was pretty much what it was the other day.

Westmount Summit + (both cemeteries), April 28, 2017
Turkey Vulture-(5)
Red-tailed Hawk-(1)
Merlin-1 heard in NDG

Peregrine Falcon-(1 in the U de M 'box')
Ring-billed Gull-(3)
Downy Woodpecker-1
Northern Flicker-2 (2)

Pileated Woodpecker-1 near the Summit
Blue-headed Vireo-1
Blue Jay-1 near Marianopolis
American Crow-2 (11)

Common Raven-(3)
Black-capped Chickadee-4 (5)
Brown Creeper-1
White-breasted Nuthatch-1
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1 heard
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet-4 (2)

Eastern Bluebird-(3)
Hermit Thrush-6 (2)
American Robin-3 (5)
European Starling-(2)
Northern Cardinal-2 (2)
Chipping Sparrow-4 (20+)
Song Sparrow-2 (3)
White-throated Sparrow-10+ (200+ in Oak Ridge area - massive group moving through!)
Dark-eyed Junco-10+ (25+)
American Goldfinch-2+ heard
+Fornicating Racoons-2

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