Yesterday, Chris and I gave a three and a half hour presentation to novice birders on how to get started, how to ID birds etc etc. It seemed to go down well. This is an annual talk we give and the numbers are increasing. Everyone was enthusiastic.
Then today we (joined by Greg and his magic ears) talk the audience plus a few more (about 20 in all) for an almost four hour birding walk in the arboretum. A total of around 60 birds were recorded of which I can lay claim to the following 44 which included fly-bys of a juvenile Bald Eagle (the arbo Crows did not like that), an Osprey, three Red-tailed Hawks and Northern Harrier. A good number of Warblers but not as many as some years, despite the optimum date and weather – we surmise that the peculiar weather this spring has caused a lot of birds to just fly on through and not pause for a while as they often do.
The birds on my list were the following –
Morgan Arboretum, Montréal, CA-QC
May 17, 2015 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM – 6.5 kilometer(s) – 44 species
Mallard 1, Turkey Vulture 1, Osprey 1, Northern Harrier 1, Bald Eagle 1, Red-tailed Hawk 3, Ring-billed Gull 12, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Northern Flicker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 1, Least Flycatcher 2, Great Crested Flycatcher 2, Red-eyed Vireo 4, Blue Jay 6, American Crow 3, Tree Swallow 7, Cliff Swallow 12, Black-capped Chickadee 15, House Wren 1 (heard), American Robin 1, Gray Catbird 1, Ovenbird 5, Black-and-white Warbler 2, Tennessee Warbler 3, Nashville Warbler 1, Magnolia Warbler 2, Bay-breasted Warbler 2, Chestnut-sided Warbler 1, Black-throated Blue Warbler 2, Black-throated Green Warbler 1, Chipping Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 4, White-crowned Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 3, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1, Indigo Bunting 4, Bobolink 4, Red-winged Blackbird 8, Brown-headed Cowbird 1, Baltimore Oriole 3, American Goldfinch 8
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23491393
And now the photographs … click a thumbnail to enlarge.