The past few days have seen me adding to the year list steadily. My year list that I’m not doing could have been vastly improved by a trip downtown where most of the warblers found in Quebec were queuing up to be seen along with things like Olive-sided Flycatcher and Blue-grey Gnatcatcher. While my area had only odds and ends the reasons for that would be interesting to research. We are only 70km from downtown and yet the warbler migration has been very light around St-Lazare and you can believe that I have been looking hard.
Friday I dropped into Baie Brazeau, checking out the Mourning Warblers sites on the way, sites that were well populated by Chestnut-sided Warblers but the Mourning Warblers were still in transit. Baie Brazeau was pretty good although the Least Bitterns have yet to return. Dragonflies were a-wing, the write up for those will be on the ode blog when I process them. The butterflies were quite nice too with Black Swallowtails common.
Saturday and Sunday were similar days with some rain. The pits scored with a fine Canada Warbler and a few Magnolia Warblers – they certainly brightened the place up. Today we went out early afternoon to I’le St-Bernard or the Refuge Marguerite D’Youville, a site I like more with every visit.
The Great Horned Owls had fledged and were sat about 60m from the nest taking in the rays. We found a few warblers; Tennessee, Blackpoll, Magnolia, Mytle, Veery, American Redstart and tons of Yellow Warbler. Another bonus was a single Grey-cheeked Thrush and a couple of Lincoln’s Sparrows. We didn’t walk far and we still managed 50 species.
I just bought a nice accessory for my iPod (from Amazon) – a tiny microphone that enhances the reception by 25x. It works very well with the voice memo app that comes with the iPod, a real field aid for those tricky calls and songs that are outside your experience. There is a good blog post on the ABA blog about using the iPod or iPhone for recording bird songs at http://blog.aba.org/2012/05/mic-up-that-iphone-follow-up.html The i-Microphone is manufactured by Edutige and is the model EIM-001.
Below a photo of the iPod with the speaker, also Black Swallowtail, Green Comma, Chestnut-sided Warbler, American Redstart, Grey Catbird, White-crowned Sparrow, Cliff Swallow and a Great Crested Flycatcher – look at the nictitating membrane when calling. There is also a photo of a non-adult Broad-winged Hawk, I wonder why this and a similarly aged Red-shouldered Hawk would migrate north – do they actually try to breed in their second year?