Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Veery pleasant day out

Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
Veery Catharus fuscescens
Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  My legs are wrecked.  Must...stop...birding.  NEVER!  It's spring, dammit!  Spartaaaa!  I'll bird 'til my feet are bleeding nubs!  Went out east to check out Mont-Saint-Hilaire with a friend, and it felt much birdier than Mont-Saint-Bruno.  Better habitat all around, more streams, scrub, and swampy bits.  
  Bird of the day was hands down the Blackburnian Warbler that came in for way closer looks than I've had of any warbler this spring.  Intense.  I used to think that Narcissus Flycatchers had the baddest plumes around (http://snowyowllost.blogspot.ca/2012/02/narcissus-flycatcher-ficedula.html) - I'm not so sure of that anymore, I'd like to see the two species compete in a strut-off.  That would be Hilaire-ious.

Mont-Saint-Hilaire/Gault Nature Reserve, May 9, 2017
(Double-crested Cormorant-4 en route)
(Canada Goose-2 en route)
Mallard-4
Turkey Vulture-6+

Osprey-1
Red-shouldered Hawk-1
(Ring-billed Gull-6 en route)
Barred Owl-1 heard
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-4
Downy Woodpecker-3
Hairy Woodpecker-2
Northern Flicker-1 heard
Pileated Woodpecker-1
Eastern Phoebe-1
Great Crested Flycatcher-1 heard
American Crow-3
Common Raven-2

(Tree Swallow-20+ en route)
Black-capped Chickadee-6
White-breasted Nuthatch-4
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1
Winter Wren-1 singing and foraging by a stream
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-5+
Veery-2
Hermit Thrush-1 singing
American Robin-2 near the parking lot
(European Starling-6+ en route)
Blackburnian Warbler-1
Black-throated Green Warbler-5 singing
Yellow-rumped Warbler-6+
Pine Warbler-1
Black-and-white Warbler-2
American Redstart-2 males
Song Sparrow-1
Dark-eyed Junco-5+ near the summit
(Red-winged Blackbird-6+ en route)
(Common Grackle-3 en route)
Brown-headed Cowbird-1 singing near the parking lot
American Goldfinch-12+

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