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
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 ( 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
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

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