Monday, March 28, 2016

Parc National des Iles-de-Boucherville, March 27, 2016

Presumed Saw-whet Owl Pellet 
Poison Ivy
Dan being watched
Bountiful mud
White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus 
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Brown Creeper Certhia americana
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea 
male Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  Dan and I spotted 27 species on a gorgeous (a sunny 10 degrees) late March day. The park was surprisingly devoid of people, and we had some interesting species, with several early hints of spring. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that the American Tree Sparrow was a lifer for me, as the species seems to be fairly easy to see - not sure why it’s taken me this long to catch up with it. We must return to this spot in a few weeks to see what’s moving through.

Canada Goose – 120+
Mallard – 3
Turkey Vulture – 1
Cooper’s Hawk – 2 (perched next to the entrance road)
Northern Harrier – 1 (crisp male high overhead – initially confusing, as we’re used to seeing them fly low to the ground)
Killdeer – 2 heard
Ring-billed Gull – 25+
Herring Gull – 3
Rock Dove – 12+ (in town)
(Presumed Saw-whet Owl pellets found in the same spot where we spotted a Saw-whet last year...)
Downy Woodpecker – 4
Hairy Woodpecker – 2
Pileated Woodpecker – 1 heard
Blue Jay – 1 (on the way home)
American Crow – 3
Common Raven – 1 heard
Black-capped Chickadee – 25+
Brown Creeper – 2
White-breasted Nuthatch – 5 (people were feeding them, and it was amazing to watch them in such close detail)
American Robin – 8
European Starling – 8+ (looking dapper in full breeding plumage)
American Tree Sparrow – 1
Song Sparrow – 12+
Dark-eyed Junco – 1
Red-winged Blackbird – 3
House Sparrow – 12 (in town)
American Goldfinch – 9+ (One singing male coming into breeding plumage seemed to have a diseased eye)
Purple Finch - 7

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