Technoparc Birding

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Technoparc Birding


Went birding this morning (6:30 am … why didn’t I take up botany, I could have been out at a more civilised hour?) in the St-Laurent Technoparc wetlands. Thanks to Jane for putting the outing together and to Joel for sharing his knowledge of the site. It was very instructive, and a new location for me. Even if only 20 minutes from home I had not visited before … in fact, due to Joel’s marketing skills it is suddenly coming to the notice of birders.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

A bit of background. This island of damp green and wildlife lies just to the north of Montreal’s airport and is surrounded by glass and concrete high tech office blocks and laboratories … hence the technoparc name. It seems the indistrialisation is going to eat up most of this unique land in the next few years, perhaps a small corner of sanitised wetland being left – one can only hope that the area that is ppreserved is managed sensitively and remains attractive to the amazing richness of wildlife that is currently making ots home there. I believe the about-to-be-built light rail connection the airport will come through this site also. A hundred years ago the wetlands were much more extensive, indeed the airport was built over the top of most of the marshes and old texts talk of the huge and duverse biodiversity of the site. But we apparently need factories more than birds. Harrumph.

So, here are few maps to show the layout of the wetland. The first map shows the full site with the main watery areas labelled numerically – the other maps zoom in on each to give a bit more detail for visitors. The smallest wetland (#3) you can park right next to and treat yourself to some very tame Sora. What else was seen? Song and Chipping sparrows, Egret, several Green Herons, many Baltimore Orioles, Cowbirds, Green-winged teal, Pied-billed Grebe, a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron were present amongst all the usual wetland species. There is a full checklist for the day at the end of this post for those who like that sort of thing 😉

A very nice place indeed that deserves better than disappearing under concrete.

Site plan - numbers indicate location of main marshes shown in following plans

Site plan – numbers indicate location of main marshes shown in following plans

Marsh 1

Marsh 1

marsh 3

marsh 2

Marsh 3

Marsh 3

Now for some pictures of the birds. It was a very hot day and although there was visible activity at 6:30, by 8:00 most birds were hiding away but calling to us.

There are a lot of photographs here so I have put them into a compact gallery. Hover over any thumbnail below to see a caption appear, click on any thumbnail to open the full size album.

Checklist for the Day – 29 species (all good ones):

Canada Goose  1
Mallard  9
Green-winged Teal  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Sora  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  4
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Tree Swallow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  7
American Robin  11
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  14
Cedar Waxwing  2
Yellow Warbler  6
Chipping Sparrow  3
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  18
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  8     3 adults in two locations plus several fledglings/juveniles
American Goldfinch  6
By |2016-07-01T14:39:15+00:00July 1st, 2016|birding, birds, environment|7 Comments


  1. Sylvia Wees 2016-07-01 at 16:31 - Reply

    Excellent organization of photos. Can anyone go into the marshes?

    • Richard 2016-07-01 at 17:16 - Reply

      Sylvia – no problem. Entry is open and easy bu don’t park in any of the company parking lots, park on the roadside somewhere. We used the small bays near marsh #1 and then along the road between the wetlands and the airport.

  2. Sandra Minotti 2016-07-01 at 16:38 - Reply

    Thanks for the report on the Technoparc. I’ve been wanting to visit with the BPQ on their outings but haven’t been able to make it. Now I have a better idea of where to go if I go on my own.

  3. Sandra Minotti 2016-07-02 at 18:28 - Reply

    It wasn’t the best of conditions today due to the high winds, but Technoparc was quite a treat! I didn’t see as much as your group did, but I got to see some excellent views of herons and the sora family.
    I’ll second that this site deserves to be preserved. Just one visit will convince anyone how special this site really is. Despite the concrete and surrounding industries, nature finds a way.

    • Richard 2016-07-02 at 18:52 - Reply

      It is rather good, isn’t it Sandra. Thanks for your report.

  4. Joël Coutu 2016-07-04 at 16:05 - Reply

    Thanks for coming Richard. Great photos & map views.

    • Richard 2016-07-04 at 16:12 - Reply

      Thanks Joel – I enjoyed the morning

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