Montreal Birding – 2014 Spring Bird Migration Update

A late start for the 2014 Spring Bird Migration. It’s been just over a week since Canada geese have started pouring in large flocks. This is almost a month later than previous years and the weather conditions were nothing to brag about. Although many of the geese and ducks arrived along the St Lawrence Seaway, they have now started to make their way along the Montreal (mostly frozen) back river.

Canada Goose Landing - Ile de la Visitation Nature ParkCanada Goose Landing – Ile de la Visitation Nature Park

The Canada Geese still prefer the South Shore areas as it’s easier to feed in the fields in nearby rural areas. The North shore is still packed in ice even after some warm sunny days and a good dose of rain. Ice breakers are still having to manage the ice along the rivers. Most of the East end of Montreal has accumulated ice along the entire back river.

Hydro Quebec Ice BreakerHydro Quebec Ice Breaker

Even with all the the ice, Wood Ducks have managed to find a small waterway inside the the Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park. For now they call it home and males are already showing aggressive territorial behavior.

Territorial Wood Ducks - Bois-de-Liesse Nature ParkTerritorial Wood Ducks – Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park

A great deal of little ducks are progressively migrating through the region. Unfortunately the small lakes and ponds are still frozen. Along the rivers, the ice still keeps them too far from the banks to properly photograph them. They’re still a great deal of fun to observe.

Hooded Merganser and Bufflehead - Ile-de-la-VisitationHooded Merganser and Bufflehead – Ile-de-la-Visitation

Golden-crowned Kinglets have also started to appear in larger groups. A few individuals had been seen late winter at Bois Papineau. They are now present in larger numbers in wooded areas along the South Shore.

Golden-crowned Kinglet - by Monique CoulombeGolden-crowned Kinglet – by Monique Coulombe

Today’s temperatures are suppose to hit the high teens. The Southern winds should also promote migration making the next few days much more interesting as far as species and photo opportunities. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Today was suppose to be SUNNY, yet it got cloudy before 10 AM.


Views of Parc-nature de l’Ile-de-la-Visitation where Spring is having a hard time breaking out. The dull gray conditions have also been hindering wildlife photography-  by Steve Troletti (trolettiphoto)

View of Parc de la Frayère along the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Boucherville on Montreal’s South Shore –  by Steve Troletti (trolettiphoto)
Below is a list of current spring sightings. I’ll be updating this list regularly.
1 Canada Goose – Branta canadensis Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 30-Mar-14
2 Wood Duck – Aix sponsa 11 Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse CA-QC 06-Apr-14
3 American Black Duck – Anas rubripes Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 05-Apr-14
4 Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos 2 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 30-Mar-14
5 Greater Scaup – Aythya marila 1 Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 09-Apr-14
6 Bufflehead – Bucephala albeola Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 30-Mar-14
7 Common Goldeneye – Bucephala clangula Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 30-Mar-14
8 Hooded Merganser – Lophodytes cucullatus Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 30-Mar-14
9 Common Merganser – Mergus merganser Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 30-Mar-14
10 Double-crested Cormorant – Phalacrocorax auritus 2 Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 05-Apr-14
11 Great Blue Heron – Ardea herodias 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 03-Apr-14
12 Turkey Vulture – Cathartes aura 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 03-Apr-14
13 Northern Harrier – Circus cyaneus 1 Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse CA-QC 06-Apr-14
14 Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 03-Apr-14
15 Bald Eagle – Haliaeetus leucocephalus 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 03-Apr-14
16 Red-shouldered Hawk – Buteo lineatus 2 Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse CA-QC 06-Apr-14
17 Red-tailed Hawk – Buteo jamaicensis 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 03-Apr-14
18 Rough-legged Hawk – Buteo lagopus 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
19 Killdeer – Charadrius vociferus Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 03-Apr-14
20 Ring-billed Gull – Larus delawarensis Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 23-Mar-14
21 Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 23-Mar-14
22 Rock Pigeon – Columba livia Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 30-Mar-14
23 Mourning Dove – Zenaida macroura 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
24 Barred Owl – Strix varia 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
25 Downy Woodpecker – Picoides pubescens 4 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
26 Hairy Woodpecker – Picoides villosus 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
27 Pileated Woodpecker – Dryocopus pileatus 1 Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 08-Apr-14
28 Merlin – Falco columbarius 1 Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 23-Mar-14
29 Eastern Phoebe – Sayornis phoebe 1 Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 09-Apr-14
30 Blue Jay – Cyanocitta cristata 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 07-Apr-14
31 American Crow – Corvus brachyrhynchos Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
32 Common Raven – Corvus corax 1 Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse CA-QC 06-Apr-14
33 Black-capped Chickadee – Poecile atricapillus Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
34 White-breasted Nuthatch – Sitta carolinensis Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
35 Brown Creeper – Certhia americana 1 Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 08-Apr-14
36 American Robin – Turdus migratorius Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
37 European Starling – Sturnus vulgaris Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 30-Mar-14
38 Cedar Waxwing – Bombycilla cedrorum Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
39 Song Sparrow – Melospiza melodia Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 30-Mar-14
40 White-throated Sparrow – Zonotrichia albicollis 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
41 Dark-eyed Junco – Junco hyemalis Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
42 Northern Cardinal – Cardinalis cardinalis Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
43 Red-winged Blackbird – Agelaius phoeniceus 4 Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 23-Mar-14
44 Common Grackle – Quiscalus quiscula Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 30-Mar-14
45 House Finch – Haemorhous mexicanus Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 23-Mar-14
46 Purple Finch – Haemorhous purpureus 1 Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 23-Mar-14
47 Pine Siskin – Spinus pinus 1 Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 01-Mar-14
48 American Goldfinch – Spinus tristis Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville CA-QC 03-Apr-14
49 House Sparrow – Passer domesticus 6 Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation CA-QC 09-Apr-14

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