01 January 2006

New Year's Eve 31 December 2005

This is being written on the last day of the year 2005 ...... from tomorrow, 1 January 2006, this site will record birds of note that have visited our garden just to the west of Montreal (that's in Quebec, Canada for those not familiar with the geography). At the moment we are enjoying temperatures of about -15degC with a thick snow cover - needless to say, most birds have migrated far to the south until spring but enough remain to make life interesting.

Briefly, we "bird garden" on a 15000 sq.ft suburban plot less than five minutes from Lac St-Louis on the St-Lawrence river. The garden is full of, and surrounded by, mature deciduous and evergreen trees and is being managed for the birdlife as we try to build up a good understorey of shrubs and berry-bearing bushes. The fine Sharpie whose photograph is below appeared here on Christmas Day and posed almost ten minutes for a photograph until a red squirrel dashed along his branch towards him/her and caused it fly off at last - what a gift.

At the time of writing, a total of 82 different species have been recorded here .......... as follows:

HERONS, EGRETS AND BITTERNS
Great Blue Heron
NEW WORLD VULTURES
Turkey Vulture
HAWKS, EAGLES AND KITES
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
FALCONS AND CARACARAS
American Kestrel
GULLS
Ring-billed Gull
PIGEONS AND DOVES
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
OWLS
Great Horned Owl
Snowy Owl
Great Gray Owl
NIGHTJARS
Common Nighthawk
HUMMINGBIRDS
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
WOODPECKERS
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Three-toed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
KINGLETS
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
WAXWINGS
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
WRENS
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS
Brown Thrasher
THRUSHES
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
CHICKADEES AND TITS
Black-capped Chickadee
NUTHATCHES
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
CREEPERS
Brown Creeper
CROWS AND JAYS
Blue Jay
American Crow
STARLINGS
European Starling
VIREOS AND ALLIES
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
WOOD WARBLERS
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
SPARROWS, TOWHEES, JUNCOS
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
SALTATORS, CARDINALS AND ALLIES
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES, GRACKLES, ETC.
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
FINCHES, SISKINS, CROSSBILLS
Purple Finch
House Finch
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
OLD WORLD SPARROWS
House Sparrow

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