Arboretum birding (with photographs)

Towards the end of April, Chris and led a birding field trip in the arboretum for members of Bird Protection Quebec that turned out to be stunningly successful with slightly over 50 species seen … which for April, when the snows have barely departed, is exceptionally successful.

Today we repeated the exercise for members of the Arboretum itself (we do this every year towards the end of May) timed to coincide reasonably well with peak migration but personally I didn’t expect it to match the April visit for sheer variety. Well, it shows how wrong you can be. A beautifully sunny day, mosquitoes of course but not too many, and 56 species of birds in four hours gentle wandering.

A good number of warblers, lots and lots of Indigo Buntings, a field with returned Bobolinks, possibly the sound of a rare Black-billed Cuckoo and right at the end an overflight by a Northern Goshawk. The arboretum is an exceptional place to see a variety of great birds.

Pretty good, eh?

A few non-avian things to enjoy as well included a very well camouflaged gray tree from on a tree and definitely not camouflaged six-sppotted tiger beetle crossing the trail

Here are some photographs to show the variety of birds seen or heard and after them the checklist for the day specially for our bird-nerd friends.  (As usual – hover over a thumbnail to see the caption and click any one to see it full size in a slide show.)

Checklist for the day …

  • Turkey Vulture  5
  • Northern Goshawk  1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk  1
  • Killdeer  2
  • Ring-billed Gull  3
  • Mourning Dove  1
  • Black-billed Cuckoo  1     (a rare bird but one was also reported from the MBO this morning so we have confidence in the ID)
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
  • Downy Woodpecker  1
  • Hairy Woodpecker  1
  • Northern Flicker  4
  • Pileated Woodpecker  2
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
  • Alder Flycatcher  1
  • Least Flycatcher  1
  • Eastern Phoebe  3
  • Great Crested Flycatcher  3
  • Red-eyed Vireo  9
  • Blue Jay  4
  • American Crow  7
  • Tree Swallow  1
  • Barn Swallow  6
  • Cliff Swallow  6
  • Black-capped Chickadee  4
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
  • House Wren  1
  • American Robin  2
  • Gray Catbird  2
  • Cedar Waxwing  6
  • Ovenbird  2
  • Tennessee Warbler  5
  • Nashville Warbler  2
  • Common Yellowthroat  2
  • American Redstart  5
  • Magnolia Warbler  2
  • Bay-breasted Warbler  2
  • Blackburnian Warbler  2
  • Yellow Warbler  3
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
  • Black-throated Green Warbler  3
  • Chipping Sparrow  10
  • Song Sparrow  8
  • Scarlet Tanager  2
  • Northern Cardinal  4
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
  • Indigo Bunting  20
  • Bobolink  6
  • Red-winged Blackbird  7
  • Common Grackle  2
  • Brown-headed Cowbird  2
  • Baltimore Oriole  2
  • Purple Finch  1
  • American Goldfinch  12

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