Today’s trip to Île Saint-Bernard was enjoyed by 24 participants.  Weather was cloudy but the temperature was a nice 14C at the start and 21C when we finished at 12:45. Everybody had a good look at one of our birds of the day, a Red-bellied woodpecker at the feeder by the grand digue. The other birds of the day were Scarlet tanager and a co-operative Yellow-bellied sapsucker.
At the halfway point it was suggested that on the next visit I bring a rope with hand holds. Like they have for day care. As we were always waiting for part of the group to catch up with the other.
Below is a Baltimore oriole collecting dry grass to build it’s nest at the end of a tree branch 20 feet above the ground. Also a House wren was going in and out of the fallen part of a tree.  Territorial and courting behaviour were also quite evident.  Some members of the group witnessed a pair of warbling vireos, where one vireo was displaying a begging behaviour, not the typical wing fluttering, but similar to a baby bird begging with the mouth wide open.
We met André Cyr, who showed us pictures of an American Bittern that he had seen at the grand digue; however, we were not able to find this bird.
Thank you to everyone for an enjoyable day. – Tom Long
Our total species count was 74: 50 Canada Goose, 6 Wood Duck, 2 Gadwall, 2 American Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 2, Common Goldeneye, 1 Common Merganser, 2 Common Loon, 100 Double-crested Cormorant, 6 Great Blue Heron, 3 Great Egret, 1 Green Heron, 3 Black-crowned Night-Heron, 1 Turkey Vulture, 2 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Wilson’s snipe, 30 Ring-billed Gull, 6 Common Tern, 1 Rock Pigeon, 1 Chimney Swift, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 5 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 6 Northern Flicker, 2 Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee, 2 Least Flycatcher, 8 Great Crested Flycatcher, 12 Warbling Vireo, 1 Philadelphia Vireo, 3 Red-eyed Vireo, 3 Blue Jay, 8 American Crow, 40 Tree Swallow, 10 Cliff Swallow, 16  Black-capped Chickadee, 2 Tufted Titmouse, 5 White-breasted Nuthatch, 6 House Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 3 Veery, 3 Swainson’s Thrush, 22 American Robin, 8 Gray Catbird, 1 Brown Thrasher, 12 European Starling, 2 Ovenbird, 1 Northern Waterthrush, 1 Tennessee Warbler, 4 Common Yellowthroat, 12 American Redstart, 1 Cape May Warbler, 1 Bay-breasted Warbler, 50 Yellow Warbler, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 3 Blackpoll Warbler, 2 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 20 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Wilson’s Warbler, 20 Song Sparrow, 6 Swamp Sparrow, 4 White-throated Sparrow, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Scarlet Tanager, 3 Northern Cardinal, 6 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 1 Bobolink, 75 Red-winged Blackbird, 12 Common Grackle, 6 Brown-headed Cowbird, 14 Baltimore Oriole, 5 American Goldfinch, 4 House Sparrow

50 Bernache du Canada, 6 Canard branchu, 2 Canard chipeau, 2 Canard d’Amérique, 12 Canard colvert, 2, Garrot à oeil d’or, 1 Grand harle, 2  Plongeon huard, 100 Cormoran à aigrettes, 6 Grand héron, 3 Grande aigrette, 1 Héron vert, 3 Bihoreau gris, 1 Urubu à tête rouge, 2 Chevalier grivelé, 1 Bécassine de Wilson, 30 Goéland à bec cerclé, 6 Sterne pierregarin, 1 Pigeon biset, 1 Martinet ramoneur, 1 Pic à ventre roux, 1 Pic maculé, 5 Pic mineur, 1 Pic chevelu, 6 Pic flamboyant, 2 Grand Pic, 2 Pioui de l’Est, 2 Moucherolle tchébec,, 8 Tyran huppé, 12 Viréo mélodieux, 1 Viréo de Philadelphia, 3 Viréo aux yeux rouges, 3 Geai bleu, 8 Corneille d’Amérique, 40 Hirondelle bicolore, 10 Hirondelle à front blanc, 16 Mésange à tête noire, 2 Mésange bicolore, 5 Sittelle à poitrine blanche, 6 Troglodyte familier, 1 Troglodyte des marais, 3 Grive fauve, 3 Grive à dos olive, 22 Merle d’Amérique, 8 Moqueur chat, 1 Moqueur roux, 12 Étourneau sansonnet, 2 Paruline couronnée, 1 Paruline des ruisseaux, 1 Paruline obscure, 4 Paruline masquée, 12 Paruline flamboyante, une Paruline tigrée, 1 Paruline à poitrine baie, 50 Paruline jaune, 1 Paruline à flancs marron, 3 Paruline rayée, 2 Paruline bleue, 20 Paruline à croupion jaune, 1 Paruline à calotte noire , 20 Bruant chanteur, 6 Bruant des marais, 4 Bruant à gorge blanche, 1 Bruant à couronne blanche, 3 Tangara écarlate, 3 Cardinal rouge, 6 Cardinal à poitrine rose, 1 Goglu, 75 Carouge à épaulettes, 12 Quiscale bronzé, 6vacher à tête brune, 14 Oriole de Baltimore, 5 Chardonneret jaune, 4 Moineau domestique
A good collection of other photographs were taken by Wayne Grubert and Laurence Fong … click on a thumbnail below to see then in a full size gallery



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