Bird Protection Quebec owns a number of sanctuaries around the province … today, wearing my hat as chair of the sanctuaries committee I visited a couple of small islands in the St-Lawrence that have not received much attention lately.

Amazing … amongst birds seen were these … rarities and unexpecteds are highlighted:

Island #1: Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Bobolink, Red-winged Blackbird.

Island #2: Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Wilsons Snipe, Short-billed Dowitcher, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Wilson’s Phalarope, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Eastern Kingbird, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird


Short-billed Dowitcher


….. so what sort of territory do shorebirds favour at this time of the year?  Cold and wet places, that’s what: