Monday, September 18, 2017

Last of the Fall Warblers

Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Common Walkingstick Diapheromera femorata
Common Walkingstick Diapheromera femorata
  I spotted a different Red Fox from the 'regular' one I've been seeing. This was a young fox, and I watched it leisurely scratch at fleas in sun for a few minutes. Aside from an active group of butterbutts in M3-M4, there was almost no warbler action, on an unbearably muggy day. 
  I was about to get better pics of the Common Walkingstick (which are apparently quite rare in Quebec) when a shirtless dude came out of the bushes towards me - I suspect he thought I was taking pictures of him, which was inaccurate.

Mount-Royal Cemetery, (Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery), September 18, 2017
Cooper’s Hawk-1 or 2
Downy Woodpecker-1
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Northern Flicker-4 (4)
American Crow-9+
Black-capped Chickadee-15+ (6)
White-breasted Nuthatch-1
Red-breasted Nuthatch-5
Winter Wren-2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-(1)
American Robin-2 juv
Cedar Waxwing-7 mostly juv
Yellow-rumped Warbler-9 (2)
American Redstart-1
Northern Cardinal-5 (1)
Chipping Sparrow-12+ (25+ mostly grouped in one small tree)
Song Sparrow-3 (2)
White-throated Sparrow-20+ (8+)
Dark-eyed Junco-3 (3)
American Goldfinch-4 (2)

Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
  Bumped into Jean-Sebastien Mayer again, a great birder and all around good fella. We tracked a small warbler wave down from Mountain View and into some large trees in G7, probably a last look at the maddening assortment of autumn's Wood-warblers.
  Clouds of Painted Lady butterflies out - clouds, I tells ya. The province is currently witnessing a banner year for the migration of this species, it's all over the news. Seems they had a good spring down south so their numbers are greater than usual, combined with the fact that they're migrating lower than usual due to a meteorological quick (it's been super hot and humid) - all this translates to the current butterfly blizzard in Montreal. Incredible to think that they're migrating from Quebec's north down to Mexico.

Mount-Royal Cemetery, (Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery), September 15, 2017 
Sharp-shinned Hawk-2
Cooper’s Hawk-1 (1)
Bald Eagle-1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-1
Downy Woodpecker-2
Hairy Woodpecker-1 (1)
Northern Flicker-5 (2)
Pileated Woodpecker-(1)
Least Flycatcher-1
Red-eyed Vireo-3
Blue-headed Vireo-1 heard
Blue Jay-1
American Crow-12+ (3)
Common Raven-1-2 heard
Black-capped Chickadee-10+ (6+)
White-breasted Nuthatch-1
Red-breasted Nuthatch-3
Winter Wren-2
Golden-crowned Kinglet-1
Eastern Bluebird-1 heard
Swainson’s Thrush-(1)
Grey Catbird-1
Tennessee Warbler-3
Nashville Warbler-1
Magnolia Warbler-8
Blackburnian Warbler-1 or 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler-(1)
Black-throated Green Warbler-2
Yellow-rumped Warbler-5 (3)
Blackpoll Warbler-2
Wilson’s Warbler-2
Scarlet Tanager-1
Indigo Bunting-1 juv
Northern Cardinal-5
Chipping Sparrow-8 (2)
Song Sparrow-8 (3)
White-throated Sparrow-30+ (5+)
Dark-eyed Junco-1
American Goldfinch-12+ (6+)

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