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January’s 26 Bird Species – a summary

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January’s 26 Bird Species – a summary

3F13583A-4BE1-4D3F-880E-F2A4B6A60110January is over and it has been a very cold month, cold even for Montreal, with lots of hard to walk on (and impossible to cycle on) ice. Nevertheless, within the patch – which is basically the areas I can walk, cycle or eventually canoe from home to Ste-Anne rapids, the Macdonald Campus and the Arboretum – we have turned up 26 species of birds without too much effort which gets us off to a reasonable start. Several of them we will be meeting again and again during the year while others – the Northern Shrike for instance – are nice to have under the belt while they are around.

Wider – and un-green, motorised – expeditions to the wider wildlife circle (see this page), mostly the flat-lands at the east of Ile-Perrot, have been interesting but have not thrown up species that we have not seen closer to home base. Disappointing that none of the many, many Snowy Owls in the region this winter have not been found over there but I will keep looking.  The farmlands are good territory for them but they have to cross water to get to them and that is not a popular route for many birds. Restricting the birding area inevitably reduces the number of birds you can see, especially at this time of the year, but it is good for the planet (no carbon emissions) and actually a lot of fun. Had I gone driving further out then the total would have easily been double this … but that would have been a different set of rules.

So – for those who like this sort of thing, the first sightings of each species are shown in the table below.

Now – on to February, which will probably be harder going than January as there will be less “new” birds in the area to find … but that makes this patchworking and green-birding fun. A bit of a challenge. Things will start to pick up in March when the snow begins to think about turning to mud and the first southern birds should return.

 

Common Name Date First Seen Where
Canada Goose 4. Jan. 2014 Bigby A – Ste-Anne/Bd’U
Common Merganser 16. Jan. 2014 St-Anne-de-Bellevue
Sharp-shinned Hawk 31. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
Cooper’s Hawk 25. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
Red-tailed Hawk 8. Jan. 2014 Macdonald campus
Rock Pigeon 4. Jan. 2014 Bigby A – Ste-Anne/Bd’U
Mourning Dove 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
Downy Woodpecker 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
Hairy Woodpecker 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
Northern Flicker 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
Pileated Woodpecker 5. Jan. 2014 Baie d’Urfe
Northern Shrike 31. Jan. 2014 Macdonald campus
Blue Jay 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
American Crow 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
Black-capped Chickadee 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
White-breasted Nuthatch 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
Carolina Wren 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
American Robin 3. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
European Starling 2. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
American Tree Sparrow 30. Jan. 2014 MBO
Dark-eyed Junco 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
Northern Cardinal 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
Red-winged Blackbird 23. Jan. 2014 MBO
House Finch 23. Jan. 2014 MBO
American Goldfinch 1. Jan. 2014 Garden – B d’U
House Sparrow 4. Jan. 2014 Bigby A – Ste-Anne/Bd’U
TOTAL 26  
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