Thursday, August 9, 2018


Secteur des Marais
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
the head of a juvenile Sora Porzana carolina...honest...
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  Drove out with the Scottsman today for a blatant twitch of the Black-bellied Whistling Duck that’s been hanging out on the eastern tip of the island for almost a month. It wasn’t easy to see at first through the reeds, but patience and tippy-toes go a long way in the swamp – there’s a Hallmark card right there. A juvenile Sora was an unexpected bonus.

PN de la Pte-aux-Prairies, Secteur des Marais, August 9, 2018

Double-crested Cormorant-2
Great Blue Heron-1
Green Heron-3
Black-bellied Whistling Duck-1
Wood Duck-40+
American Black Duck-1
Turkey Vulture-1
Northern Harrier-1
Virginia Rail-1 possibly heard from across the pond
Sora-1 skulky juvenile well-seen - striped flanks, warm brown upperparts, warm buffy chest, short yellowish bill, short cocked tail with white underparts. And no, it was not a Black-crowned Night Heron...
Ring-billed Gull-6+
Mourning Dove-1
Downy Woodpecker-2
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Northern Flicker-3
Eastern Wood Pewee-1
Willow Flycatcher-1
Eastern Phoebe-1
Eastern Kingbird-3
Blue Jay-1
American Crow-2
Tree Swallow-2
Black-capped Chickadee-6+
American Robin-5
Gray Catbird-2
Cedar Waxwing-6+
Yellow Warbler-6
American Redstart-4
Common Yellowthroat-1
Northern Cardinal-4
Song Sparrow-5
Swamp Sparrow-2
Brown-headed Cowbird-1 juvenile being fed by its diminutive Song Sparrow surrogate mother
American Goldfinch-10+, mostly males in outrageously bright breeding plumage, some feeding on thistles

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