WE never managed to get to visit the park on Ile Bizard this spring and so missed all the “good” birds that were reported from there so decided to take a walk there this non-labouring Labour Day holiday.  This is a really wonderful park run by the Montreal city authorities with extensive marsh and forest habitats as well as a stretch beside the river and it is renowned for being one of THE birders’ hotspots in the area.

If you visit us you have been dragged here, if you are yet to come this is in store for you.  Today the birding – well it is September – was less than stellar though today it seemed to be crawling with gray Catbirds for some reason.  usually we see one or two but today they were everywhere.  Birds, or no birds it’s a nice place and (Mark?) it has dragonflies too.  Some taster pictures follow:

By the river ... but where are the shorebirds? Nope, that was a gull.

I thought we should list our Ile Bizard life list … good as this place is a couple of visits a year are about it on average but we have totalled 76 species as below … a lot of these are regulars.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
Greater Yellowlegs
Ring-billed Gull
Black Tern
Common Tern
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow