Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cottage and Martindale Road

June 20, 2018

After the previous outing, we met at our cottage for a short work day. Then on the way home, we birded the Martindale Road, because we had missed that on the JC birding day.

We got a surprise American Bittern in a field, a couple of Eastern Bluebirds, and more Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks, as well as other goodies.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Venosta and Heney Lake with JC Birding

June 19, 2018

Text by Connie

We picked a beautiful day to be out enjoying the birds -- sunny, nice temperature and just enough breeze to keep the bugs away.  People joined and left the group at various times during the day according to their schedules but having more eyes and ears found us a few good birds! 

The Gatineau Trail at Venosta seemed a little quieter than some other times.  There were lots of Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles, Chestnut-sided Warblers and one field with many Bobolinks.  We saw and heard several Brown Thrashers, but they did not perch where they were visible.  But the Black-billed Cuckoo did stop long enough for us to have a quick look! Bill and Jane commented that we had not seen any Sandhill Cranes in the area for a couple of years, but then we heard one calling in the distance.  And then someone managed to find it far back in a field -- a very brown cinnamon colour -- only visible briefly as it moved feeding through some long grass.  A bird sped by high above us -- yeah, a Common Loon -- but Barb, who is always looking for Loons, had not joined us yet!  Somehow Sami managed to get his camera up and focused for a photo too!! The Indigo Bunting we had on this trail was very pale with lots of gray on it. On Chemin Burroughs we saw a Savannah Sparrow -- not seeing very many this year for some reason.  We also heard Hermit Thrush and Ovenbird. Eastern Meadowlarks were flying over a field. 

Next were several stops in the Lac Ste-Marie area on the way to Peggy's Cottage for Lunch.  A belted Kingfisher flew right in front of Barb's car -- the only one seen for the day.  A very distant Wilson's Snipe was calling -- it took us a while to figure this out -- but we did not see it. We did see, Ring-necked Ducks, Great Blue Heron (flyover), Wood Duck, Eastern Kingbird and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Well, time goes by quickly when you are birding and it was well after noon by the time we got to Peggy's Cottage.  Down at the lake (Heney) we watched a Loon feeding and then "playing" about on the water.  Too bad it was so distant.

We had some more good finds later in the day on chemin Martindale.  Still quite a few Chestnut-sided Warblers around but also saw a Black-and-White Warbler.  We heard very melodious singing and finally someone found the very brilliant male Purple Finch.  Alas it flew before Barb R or I could get a photo.  Other good birds here were Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Merlin fly-by, and Great-crested Flycatcher.  We heard a very loud calling as we drove very slowly down the road and had narrowed it down to a raptor -- yes, Broad-winged Hawk and there it was sitting on a Branch within easy view! I am not sure I had ever seen one perched before -- usually they are soaring overhead. When we were down to one car, Jane and Guy heard another bird calling loudly.  I stopped and backed up a bit and yes, there it was, a Wilson's Snipe several fence posts back from the road.  A nice end to a good day of birding. 

Thanks to Guy for answering all our queries on various plants today.  Two are identified with photos in the third email of this report. 

Thanks also to Peggy for the pleasant lunch break at her cottage.

List for the day is below.

Connie Denyes

Birds Observed Tuesday, June 19, 2018   
Quebec North of Gatineau -- Venosta, Peggy's Cottage (Lac Heney), Martindale Road   
(Jane, Barb C, Barb R, Peggy, Sami, Bill, Guy, Connie)   
Quebec - Gatineau Trail (Venosta)   
1    Alder Flycatcher
2    American Crow
3    American Goldfinch
4    American Robin
5    Black-billed Cuckoo
6    Blue Jay
7    Bobolink
8    Brown Thrasher
9    Cedar Waxwing
10    Chestnut-sided Warbler
11    Chipping Sparrow
12    Common Grackle
13    Common Loon  (flying over)
14    Common Yellow-throat
15    Eastern Phoebe
16    Gray Catbird
17    Hairy Woodpecker
18    Indigo Bunting
19    Killdeer
20    Pileated Woodpecker
21    Red-eyed Vireo
22    Red-winged Blackbird
23    Rock Pigeon
24    Sandhill Crane (seen and heard)
25    Song Sparrow
26    Turkey Vulture
27    Warbling Vireo
28    White-throated Sparrow
29    Wild Turkey
30    Yellow Warbler
Quebec - Burrough Road (Venosta)   
31    American Kestrel
32    Black-capped Chickadee
33    Common Raven
34    Eastern Meadowlark
35    European Starling
36    Hermit Thrush
37    Mourning Dove
38    Ovenbird
39    Red-tailed Hawk
40    Savannah Sparrow
41    Tree Swallow
Quebec - Lac Sainte-Marie    
42    Barn Swallow
43    Belted Kingfisher
44    Canada Goose
45    Common Tern
46    Eastern Kingbird
47    Great Blue Heron
48    Mallard
49    Marsh Wren
50    Osprey
51    Ring-necked Duck
52    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
53    Wilson Snipe (heard, later saw)
54    Wood Duck
55    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Quebec - Martindale Road   
56    Black-and-White Warbler
57    Broad-winged Hawk
58    Great-crested Flycatcher
59    House Sparrow
60    Merlin
61    Purple Finch
62    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
63    Veery
64    White-breasted Nuthatch
Quebec - Gatineau   
65    Northern Cardinal
66    Ring-billed Gull

Total   Birds Observed =  66   
Note:     Also saw White-tailed Deer

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cottage Birding

June 17, 2018

We have had multiple sightings of the Bald Eagles this year, but not the nest yet.

We checked out our resident Northern Waterthrush, as it was singing up a storm.

We had good action at the feeders, including a Hairy Woodpecker drinking from the hummingbird feeder!

We did our first loon count with disappointing results.  We counted 10 adult loons, but none on a nest, not even the old reliable gull rock site, which was occupied by Common Terns.

We took a drive out towards Cayamant to check on the heronry we discovered last year.  There were 3 nests occupied and a bonus Snapping Turtle trying to lay her eggs.

Patrolling up and down the road, we discovered a Cedar Waxwing,  a Magnolia Warbler, a Common Yellowthroat and a Swamp Sparrow.

Further along the road, by open fields, we saw a few Bobolinks, and an Eastern Kingbird.