Chris (who has way better birding ears than this old guy … well, he is younger) and I led a group of 26 birders on Bird Protection Quebec field trip this morning in the Morgan Arboretum and the adjacent fields. To be honest, we started with 26 but ten got eaten by bears as we ended with 16 … but it was cold, and grey and damp and we walked for four and a half hours. It was a brilliant morning’s birding … and it’s not even warbler season yet.  Thanks to everyone who came and joined in the fun.

Total species seen … an amazing 50. That HAS to be a record for April.  There will be a follow-up walk in the arboretum on 27 May that will give us plenty of migrating warblers and their friends to add to today’s list.

Hard to know what was the “bird of the day”? The Eastern Bluebirds maybe, or the Pintails, or the two Broad-winged Hawks, or three Pine Warblers interacting, or … well, pick your own.

Here is the species list FOLLOWED BY LOTS OF PHOTOGRAPHS.


Apr 22, 2017 7:50 AM – 12:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling – 5.0 kilometer(s) – 51 species

Canada Goose  17

Wood Duck  4

American Black Duck  1

Mallard  3

Blue-winged Teal  1

Northern Pintail  5

Great Blue Heron  1

Northern Harrier  1

Broad-winged Hawk  2

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Killdeer  3

Ring-billed Gull  32

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1

Mourning Dove  1

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2

Downy Woodpecker  3

Hairy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker  3

Pileated Woodpecker  1

Eastern Phoebe  2

Blue Jay  4

American Crow  11

Common Raven  2

Horned Lark  27

Tree Swallow  5

Black-capped Chickadee  15

Red-breasted Nuthatch  1

White-breasted Nuthatch  2

Brown Creeper  1

Winter Wren  1

Golden-crowned Kinglet  1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  7

Eastern Bluebird  4

American Robin  12

Brown Thrasher  1

European Starling  7

Pine Warbler  3

Chipping Sparrow  8

Dark-eyed Junco  7

White-throated Sparrow  10

Savannah Sparrow  3

Song Sparrow  6

Northern Cardinal  3

Red-winged Blackbird  6

Common Grackle  2

Brown-headed Cowbird  2

House Finch  3

Purple Finch  2

American Goldfinch  8

View this checklist online at


NOW FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS … including the first ever official BPQ selfie
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