Friday, September 13, 2019

Warbler Ripples

Lincoln’s Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
European Common Blue Polyommatus icarus
European Common Blue Polyommatus icarus

  Not waves…ripples. Most of the better ripples were in the NDNC, and it felt birdy overall, on a morning-afternoon that slid from chipper single-digits to sweaty death-sun. Spent almost five hours roaming, and ended with 42 species, 12 of which were warblereenos. Warbleronees? Bumped into Louis and George, and JSM himself was out and about today but I missed him.
  Not much raptor action, but some fun personal fall firsts like BHVI and WIWR. Up on Mountain View, I gave myself ten minutes to wait around for the Olive-sided Flycatcher to return, but I got bored, so I loosed a laconic pish. Blam, a Lincoln’s Sparrow popped up 15 feet away and gave me a funny look. I think I woke it up. Sorry, Lincoln’s Sparrow, go back to bed.
  There appears to be extensive Japanese Beetle damage on the leaves of some ornamental flowers, which a lady said weren’t there last year. Then she asked George and I questions about Raccoon migration season, and we did out darndest to answer her. We were all honoured to meet each other.
  Spotted a European Common Blue butterfly, which was only first recorded in Quebec 15 years ago, introduced via Mirabel airport. Neat. Apparently the species has lost 96% of its worldwide population due to habitat loss. Not neat. We’re all doomed.
  Anything good happen for Friday the 13th? Nothing, except when I turned an ankle in an invisible groundhog hole, causing my jaws to slam together. I saw lightning and came to lying in grass, not knowing what planet I was on (again). I cursed lustily and did backflips all the way home.

Mount-Royal Cemetery, (Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery), September 13, 2019
Turkey Vulture- 1
Ring-billed Gull- (2 at Decelles entrance)
Downy Woodpecker- 2 (1)
Hairy Woodpecker- 2 (2)
Northern Flicker- 2
Olive-sided Flycatcher- 1 on Mountain View
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher- 1 on Oak Ridge
Warbling Vireo- 1 moving through N2
Blue-headed Vireo- (2 in the UdeM woods, and brief looks at another vireo that had super yellowy-green flanks, probably another BHVI)
Red-eyed Vireo- 2
American Crow- 2 (2)
Common Raven- 1
Black-capped Chickadee- 6+ (4)
Brown Creeper- 1 in the woods north of Mountain View
White-breasted Nuthatch- 4 (2)
House Wren- (1)
Winter Wren- 1 in L5
Eastern Bluebird- 4+ (7 along the western side)...once again, many being hounded by clots of admiring Chipping Sparrows, which seem to revere them as blue gods
Swainson’s Thrush- 3
American Robin- 1 juvenile in L7
Gray Catbird- 1
Tennessee Warbler- 10+ mostly in N2, (3)
Nashville Warbler- 2 (1)
Northern Parula- 2 (4)
Chestnut-sided Warbler-1 in the woods north of Mountain View

Magnolia Warbler- 6 (6)
Black-throated Blue Warbler- 1 on Mountain View
Black-throated Green Warbler- 6 (4)
Blackpoll Warbler- 1 (2)
Bay-breasted Warbler- 2 (4)
Black-and-white Warbler- 1
Common Yellowthroat- (1 in the southwestern corner)
Ovenbird- 1 on Mountain View
Rose-breasted Grosbeak- 1
Northern Cardinal- 6+ (3)
Chipping Sparrow- 60+ (120+ along the western edge)
Song Sparrow- 3 (1)
Lincoln’s Sparrow- 1 on Mountain View in the Catbird/Cardinal bluff
White-throated Sparrow- 1 skulking by the raised apple tree area south of the hummingbird feeder
House Sparrow- (2 near Decelles)
American Goldfinch- 4 (2)
House Finch- (1) 

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