MBO Baillie

The Baillie Birdathon is a sponsored birding event designed to raise funds for Bird Studies Canada and the local bird cause of your choice … we were up very early this morning to assist the MBO (McGill Bird Observatory) get in the birds and hence get in the cash.  The MBO make a point of spending their Baillie-day on foot or cycle and avoid the use of the internal combustion engine … hence this was a day starting with a detailed census at the MBO and then a high-pressure examination of the Arboretum which is adjacent …. total species for the day (final numbers still to come) in the region of 82 species.  not quite the 98 we had this time last year but quite excellent for all that helped by the fact that most of the participants were superbly high ly skilled people.

Time for the pictures … first some action shots from the banding station:

Veery in the mist net

Veery in the mist net

Veery being extracted from the net ready for banding and release

Veery being extracted from the net ready for banding and release

Traill's Flycatcher - could be one of two species only separated by their song

Traill's Flycatcher - could be one of two species only separated by their song

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

And now some birds seen on the round …

Turkey Vultures at rest in a ploughed field on the seed farm

Turkey Vultures at rest in a ploughed field on the seed farm

Cooper's Hawk flying over one of the Bobolink fields

Cooper's Hawk flying over one of the Bobolink fields

Red-breasted Nuthatch busily excavating

Red-breasted Nuthatch busily excavating

Baltimore Oriole - 1

Baltimore Oriole - 1

Baltimore Oriole - 2

Baltimore Oriole - 2

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Red-winged Blackbird in the reeds on Stoneycroft Pond

Red-winged Blackbird in the reeds on Stoneycroft Pond

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Yellow Warbler - 1

Yellow Warbler - 1

Yellow Warbler - 2

Yellow Warbler - 2

Last of all – a map of the route walked …

map1

map1

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