Thursday, May 17, 2012

South of the Airport and Mer Bleue with Gord Belyea and Ann MacKenzie

May 16, 2012 - 6:30 am

Besides Gord & Ann, there were Connie, Nadine and me today.

From Connie's report: " Great day birding for sparrows south of the Airport today and only a bit of fine rain.  No sun however so no birds basking in the sun to warm up!  Thanks to Gord Belyea and Ann MacKenzie for leading us.  We had excellent views of  7 sparrows today in the High Road area:  Chipping, Clay-coloured, Field, Grasshopper, Savannah, Song, White-throated.  The Vesper Sparrow is there somewhere but not making an appearance today.  We added Swamp Sparrow at Mer Bleue later. 

Also some good warblers today:  Black-and-White (heard), Chestnut-sided, Mourning (m, f), Yellow, and Palm (Mer Bleue).  We saw Orioles, Bobolinks, Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Meadowlarks, Indigo Bunting, and Alder Flycatcher.  South of the airport we heard many Common Yellowthroats but could not seen any.  Finally we found one at Mer Bleue!  Also there we heard the Sora and saw a Virginia Rail. "

Bird List

  1. Tree Swallow
  2. Bobolink
  3. Red-winged Blackbird
  4. Eastern Bluebird
  5. Baltimore Oriole
  6. White-throated Sparrow
  7. Yellow Warbler
  8. Savannah Sparrow
  9. Brown Thrasher
  10. Eastern Meadowlark
  11. Grasshopper Sparrow
  12. American Goldfinch
  13. Song Sparrow
  14. Northern Flicker
  15. Common Yellowthroat
  16. Northern Cardinal (H)
  17. European Starling
  18. Mourning Warbler
  19. Alder Flycatcher
  20. American Robin
  21. Blue Jay
  22. American Crow
  23. Field Sparrow
  24. Gray Catbird
  25. Ovenbird
  26. Black and White Warbler (H)
  27. Indigo Bunting
  28. Chipping Sparrow
  29. Clay-colored Sparrow
  30. Warbling Vireo
  31. Northern Harrier
  32. Barn Swallow
  33. House Wren
  34. Purple Finch
  35. Eastern Kingbird
  36. Turkey Vulture
  37. Ring-billed Gull
  38. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  39. Mallard
  40. Sora (H)
  41. Virginia Rail
  42. Swamp Sparrow
  43. Palm Warbler

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