Monday, August 14, 2017

Boozed-up Whistlepig, and other cemeterial delights

Merlin Falco columbarius
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Nashville Warbler Leiothlypis ruficapilla
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerine (picking on something its own size)
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  A surprisingly birdy Sunday in the two cemeteries, at an interesting time of year, with plenty of juveniles still around, but with signs of autumn migration already underway. This was most evident with an Olive-sided Flyatcher sighting, and the feeling continued with Wood-warblers - in a quiet corner of the NDN Cemetery, I encountered three species in the small patch, and had to knock the dust off my ‘warbler brain’ in a hurry.
  The Magnolia Warbler definitely had the feel of migration about it – it fed in a pine for about 20 minutes, before it launched itself up past the highest treetops and winged south with purpose. Also interesting to see a Nashville Warbler, although perhaps trickier to guess if it was on the move or a summer local. Nearby, spotty juvenile Eastern Bluebirds perched in a dead tree like listless ornaments, and it was amusing to witness a Chipping Sparrow grappling with a cicada.
  I watched a flowerdrunk Groundhog repeatedly take pratfalls down a hill and thought I was getting great video clips, but apparently I still don’t know precisely what all the buttons on my camera do. Next time, you hilarious tipsy rodent, next time.

NDN and Mount Royal Cemeteries, August 13, 2017
Turkey Vulture
-5
Red-shouldered Hawk-1
Merlin-1
Ring-billed Gull-1
Chimney Swift-2
Downy Woodpecker-1 juvenile
Eastern Wood Pewee-1
Olive-sided Flycatcher-1
Eastern Phoebe-1
Red-eyed Vireo-4

Warbling Vireo-1
American Crow-7
Black-capped Chickadee-15+
White-breasted Nuthatch-2
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1
House Wren-1 juvenile
Eastern Bluebird-4 juveniles
Gray Catbird-1
Cedar Waxwing-9
Nashville Warbler-1
American Redstart-2
Magnolia Warbler-1 male coming out of breeding plumage
Indigo Bunting-2 females and 5 juveniles
Northern Cardinal-1 male
Chipping Sparrow-25+, evenly split between adult and juvenile birds
Song Sparrow-2 adults, 3 juveniles
Baltimore Oriole-1

American Goldfinch-4

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Northbirds of August

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
adult Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
juvenile Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
juvenile Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Prévost
Rang Ste Marie
Rang Ste Dominique
That's what an agricultural ditch oughta look like
Leisurely backyard summer birding with Joey
  Spent the weekend chilling and birding up north. Notable at Joey’s place in Prévost was a Black-and-white Warbler (difficult to divine from online data if it was a local breeder or an early migrant), and several Warbling Vireos
  It was interesting to survey the same slice of agricultural habitat in summer where we had Snowy Owls and Snow Buntings this past February (http://snowyowllost.blogspot.ca/2017/02/st-valentines-day-birdssacre.html). We didn’t spot any Bobolinks, Savannah, or Vesper Sparrows in the fields of Mirabel, but I could smell them in the fresh winds. There wasn’t time for a detailed accounting, but the small wooded areas and lush ditches merit more attention, as they surely contain skulking avian revelations.


Rangs Ste Marie & Ste Dominique, Mirabel, June 5, 2017
Turkey Vulture
-3
Northern Harrier-1
American Kestrel-at least 10 (a seemingly healthy local population)
Killdeer-25+ milling about on the fallow fields and gravel lots
Mourning Dove-2
Eastern Wood-Pewee-1 heard from a wooded area
Eastern Phoebe-3
Eastern Kingbird-1
Warbling Vireo-1
Red-eyed Vireo-3
American Crow-75+ feeding in a grassy field
Barn Swallow-3
Cliff Swallow-10+
Tree Swallow-15+ (most hirundine action was focused around one damp field, featuring an old barn apparently used for nesting/roosting)
American Robin-4
European Starling-20+
Chestnut-sided Warbler-1
Song Sparrow-8+
Red-winged Blackbird-12+
Common Grackle-4
American Goldfinch-6+
Finch sp.-several dark, chunky finches seen at a distance, possibly House Finch