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A new area to bird

A new area to bird

Up betimes (as they say) and out for a morning spent in the welcome company of Joel Coutu walking the fields and copses just to the south of Cap-St-Jacques nature park and east of the Anse-a-l’Orme nature park within my wildlife circle.

A very interesting area indeed – primarily abandoned and now unfarmed fields with overgrown hedges and some small copses with more extensive woodland where it abuts the Anse-a-l’Orme park. Quite hard going as the only ways to get around are by bushwhacking and making use of deer trails and frequently flooded/wet winter skimobile trails but very much worth it … five species of raptors for example! We had only been in there in deep and very cold winter snow in previous years and then, not often but when owls are about you go where they go.

No doubt the local building industry has its eyes on this land and gradually it will disappear under houses in future years but for now it is a rich, mixed habitat full of wildlife – and not just birds, deer, frogs and toads and a couple of late Monarch butterflies.

It doesn’t seem to have a name – so I am going to call it “the Kestrel Lands” as seeing two of them this morning was rather special … here is an aerial view of where it is:

kestrel-lands-map

Anyway, here are some habitat pictures to give you a flavour of the place (click on any thumbnail for a larger version) and then a list of today’s birds.


15 Canada Goose
1 Wood Duck
6 Mallard
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
2 Cooper’s Hawk
3 Red-tailed Hawk
8 Ring-billed Gull
3 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
2 American Kestrel
2 Merlin
1 Least Flycatcher
4 Eastern Phoebe
1 Red-eyed Vireo
3 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
1 Common Raven
30 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
20 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
2 Northern Parula
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
50 Yellow-rumped Warbler
6 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
20 White-throated Sparrow
3 White-crowned Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
5 Red-winged Blackbird
25 Rusty Blackbird
3 American Goldfinch

By | 2013-09-24T14:41:24+00:00 September 24th, 2013|amphibians, birding, mammals, Uncategorized|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Janet goldstein 2013-09-24 at 21:08 - Reply

    So interesting! Is it possible to try to keep this area as a nature park and wildlife habitat?

    • Richard 2013-09-24 at 21:55 - Reply

      That would be wonderful but while I hope for that who knows what the power of developers’ money will result in. If enough people value these places though then they can be saved … it just takes a lot of people willing it be so.

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