Friday, May 19, 2017


Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
  The black flies and the sun were out in Prévost. On our trip to the Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve, Joey and I were caught off guard by the intense 30 degree heat, and both started to get heat stroke after an hour or so. I stood in the woods at one point and noticed that my brain was no longer performing as expected, and my limbs felt heavier than usual. Thoughts of warblers soon switched to wistful fantasies about ice cold drinks, as my tongue began to dry and swell. We abandoned our birding efforts for the day, and made it out of the sweltering park just in time. We each chugged two bottles of Powerade - crisis averted.
  Before all that transpired, we found a decent selection of warblers, and got a kick out of watching a pair'a Peregrine Falcons repeatedly dive-bomb a pair of Ravens that had the gall to build their nest 50 feet below that of the Peregrines. As always, here are some unapologetically bad record shots of what I saw.

Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve/Parc des Falaises de Prévost, May 17, 2017
Turkey Vulture
Peregrine Falcon-2 nesting on the cliffs
Ruffed Grouse-1
Downy Woodpecker-1
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Northern Flicker-1
Pileated Woodpecker-1
Empid sp.-most likely a Least Flycatcher
Blue Jay-8+
American Crow-4
Common Raven-2 unwisely nesting just below the Peregrines
Barn Swallow-1
Black-capped Chickadee-10+
Red-breasted Nuthatch-2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-3+
American Robin-2
Northern Parula-1 singing in suitable nesting habitat, replete with hanging moss
Chestnut-sided Warbler-3+
Magnolia Warbler-4
Black-throated Blue Warbler-3
Black-throated Green Warbler-3
Yellow-rumped Warbler-3
Black-and-white Warbler-3
Song Sparrow-6
White-crowned Sparrow-1
Rusty Blackbird-1
Common Grackle-4
American Goldfinch-6

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