Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Canada

Green Team’s Baillie Birdathon May 12, 2012

Species Total: 89

Michel Beaupré, Simon Duval, James Junda, Barbara Frei,

Louise Gagné, Francine Marcoux, Barbara MacDuff

The morning was perfect for the seven participants of the McGill Bird Observatory’s Green Team, who took part in the Baillie Birdathon on May 12, 2012.

The day began with clear blue skies, pleasant temperatures and newly arrived birds singing all around us.

We started the Birdathon at 6:25 by doing census for the MBO. That hour-long walk gave us 45 species, including a Rusty Blackbird, a great start to the morning.

Then it was off to the “Pines” in the Morgan Arboretum with hopes of finding a Pine Warbler. A Chipping Sparrow, with a similar song, made the search difficult but we were finally rewarded with a glimpse of our “target bird.”

Hopes were elevated as we headed into the forest. The woods were gorgeous with the brilliant green of new foliage, fresh ferns and carpets of Trilliums. Added to that was the singing of Black-throated Green and Black-throated Blue Warblers as well as the “teacher teacher” call of the Ovenbird.

It was here that we saw a huge flock of Snow Geese sparkling white against the cerulean sky.

We began to feel the heat of the day as we left the woods and entered the fields but were pleased to find Indigo Bunting and Bobolink.

A nearby small pond had Barn and Bank Swallows, but much to our disappointment, no Green Heron or Belted Kingfisher.

It was time to get out of the sun and have lunch so we headed back to the MBO. We were all tired but our list was missing Rock Pigeon and House Sparrow, so we continued on and were ecstatic to find the birds. A Chimney Swift was a bonus which brought our total to a satisfying eighty-nine species.

Common Loon 1

Double-crested Cormorant 9

Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Snow Goose 60
Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck 10
Mallard 5
Osprey 1
Northern Harrier 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 2

Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Solitary Sandpiper 2 Ring-billed Gull 12
Common Tern 4
Rock Pigeon 6
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 1

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1

Great-crested Flycatcher 8

Eastern Kingbird 2

Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 5
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 15
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 8
Bank Swallow 4
Cliff Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 16

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Baillie List 2012

House Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 8
American Pipit 6
Cedar Waxwing 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 4
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 15

Chestnut-sided Warbler 2

Magnolia Warbler 3
Cape may Warbler 4

Black-throated Blue Warbler 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler 25

Black-throated Green Warbler 5

Blackburnian Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 4

Ovenbird 4
Common Yellowthroat 2

Chipping Sparrow 6
Savanah Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 10

White-crowned Sparrow 1

Northern Cardinal 8

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4

Indigo Bunting 1
Bobolink 1
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Rusty Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 12

Brown-headed Cowbird 4

Baltimore Oriole 9

Purple Finch 2
Pine Siskin 3
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 4

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