Sunday, September 15, 2019


George and Shrijeet puzzle through a warbler wave
Birds giving side-eye to playback = awesome
Tennessee Warbler Leiothlypis peregrina
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
(my mind slipped and I thought I was in Korea looking at a Green Sandpiper for a moment)
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata

Locust Borer Megacyllene robiniae
Praying mantid (European mantis) Mantis religiosa
  George, Shrijeet, and I struck east today for six hours of birding in Montreal’s far east end. Thanks for driving, George! There were entertaining rivulets of warblers at PN de la Pte-aux-Prairies/Secteur du Fleuve to pick through, and a nice Philadelphia Vireo. The skies morphed from summer to autumn over the course of the day, but that was bound to happen. I like it.
  At the ‘Secteur des Marais’ of the same park, Shrijeet and George saw a Virginia Rail-sized blob zip across the path into thick lacings of reeds. We then heard (and recorded) some classic Virginia Rail tweeking sounds (shakes fist at the reeds).
  Parc de la Coulée-Grou is a bit of an interesting spot. Not so much a park as what looks like the site of a planned housing development that has been overgrown for about 20 years, with several promising swampy patches hidden away. In the water hazard of a golf course, we found eight Common Gallinules (including juvies), a  young Pied-billed Grebe, and a showy Belted Kingfisher holding court. Good times.

Here are Shrijeet’s eBird checklists:
PN de la Pte-aux-Prairies--Secteur du Fleuve
PN de la Pte-aux-Prairies--Secteur des Marais

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