Kestrel Field Species – Birds

KESTREL-webIs this simply an area of scrubland of no use to anyone in an undeveloped state (as the Pierrefonds mayor would have us believe) or does it contain things that matter?

On this page we will gradually build up lists of species known to be present and mark those of especial concern.


The table below lists 157 species of birds that have been identified either on the Kestrel Fields or within the adjacent and contiguous Anse-à-l’Orme and Cap-St-Jacques nature parks and therefore likely to also be present in the Kestrel Fields. A greater number of birds have bene reported from the nature parks than the fields simply because many more birders visit them and visit them more often.

A total of 10 of the birds in the list below are considered to be at risk/endangered. For details of what that designation means, please visit

Ten species of Owl have been seen in these fields and the adjacent woodland – which comprise all of the species on the regional checklist

Quebec and Canada use a classification system with four categories from the least to the most critical concern :  1- No special status, 2- Likely to be designated threatened or vulnerable, 3- Vulnerable, 4- Threatened

Birds in the list that follows whose names are in red are category 2, 3 or 4 and thus considered to be at least  “of concern”.

Species Kestrel Fields Adjacent
Snow Goose (flyover)   x
Canada Goose   x
Wood Duck x  
Gadwall (nesting) x  
American Black Duck x  
Mallard x  
American Wigeon (flyover) x  
Great Blue Heron   x
Great Egret   x
Green Heron   x
Turkey Vulture x  
Osprey   x
Bald Eagle (flyover) x  
Northern Harrier x  
Sharp-shinned Hawk x  
Cooper’s Hawk x  
Northern Goshawk   x
Red-shouldered hawk   x
Broad-winged Hawk   x
Red-tailed Hawk x  
Rough-legged Hawk   x
Golden Eagle (flyover)   x
American Kestrel x  
Merlin x  
Pergrine Falcon   x
Virginia Rail   x
Sandhill Crane (flyover) x  
Greater Yellowlegs x  
Spotted Sandpioper x  
Killdeer x  
Wilson’s Snipe   x
Ring-billed Gull x  
Herring Gull   x
Casoian Tern x  
Rock Pigeon   x
Mourning Dove   x
Black-billed Cuckoo   x
Yellow-billed Cuckoo   x
Eastern Screech-Owl   x
Barred Owl   x
Snowy Owl x  
Northern Hawk Owl x  
Great Horned Owl x  
Great Gray Owl x  
Long-eared Owl x  
Boreal Owl x  
Northern saw-whet Owl x  
Short-eared owl x  
Chimney Swift   x
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   x
Red-bellied Woodpecker   x
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   x
Downy Woodpecker x  
Hairy Woodpecker x  
Northern Flicker x  
Pileated Woodpecker x  
Eastern Wood-Pewee   x
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher   x
Alder Flycatcher   x
Willow Flycatcher   x
Least Flycatcher x  
Eastern Phoebe x  
Great-crested Flycatcher   x
Eastern Kingbird   x
Northern Shrike x  
Blue-headed Vireo   x
Warbling Vireo   x
Red-eyed Vireo x  
Blue Jay x  
American Crow x  
Common Raven x  
Purple Martin x  
Tree Swallow x  
Northern Rough-winged Swallow x  
Bank Swallow x  
Cliff Swallow x  
Barn Swallow x  
Black-capped Chickadee x  
Red-breasted Nuthatch   x
White-breasted Nuthatch x  
Brown Creeper   x
House Wren   x
Winter Wren   x
Marsh Wren   x
Golden-crowned Kinglet x  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet x  
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   x
Eastern Bluebird x  
Veery x  
Swainson’s Thrush   x
Hermit Thrush   x
Wood Thrush   x
American Robin x  
Gray Catbird x  
Northern Mockingbird   x
Brown Thrasher x  
European Starling x  
American Pipit   x
Bohemian Waxwing   x
Cedar Waxwing x  
Tennessee Warbler   x
Orange-crowned Warbler   x
Nashville Warbler   x
Northern Parula x  
Yellow Warbler   x
Chestnut-sided Warbler x  
Magnolia Warbler   x
Black-throated Blue Warbler   x
Yellow-rumped Warbler x  
Black-throated Green Warbler   x
Blackburnian Warbler   x
Pine Warbler   x
Palm Warbler   x
Bay-breasted Warbler   x
Blackpoll Warbler   x
Black-and-white Warbler   x
American Redstart   x
Ovenbird   x
Northern Waterthrush   x
Mourning Warbler   x
Common Yellowthroat x  
Wilson’s Warbler   x
Canada Warbler   x
Yellow-breasted Chat x  
Scarlet Tanager   x
Eastern Towhee   x
American Tree Sparrow   x
Chipping Sparrow x  
Clay-colored Sparrow x  
Vesper Sparrow   x
Savannah Sparrow x  
Grasshopper Sparrow x  
Fox Sparrow x  
Song Sparrow x  
Lincoln’s Sparrow x  
Swamp Sparrow   x
White-throated Sparrow x  
White-crowned Sparrow x  
Dark-eyed Junco x  
Snow Bunting   x
Northern Cardinal x  
Rose-breasted Grosbeak   x
Indigo Bunting   x
Bobolink x  
Red-winged Blackbird x  
Eastern Meadowlark x  
Rusty Blackbird x  
Common Grackle x  
Brown-headed Cowbird   x
Baltimore Oriole   x
Pine Grosbeak   x
Purple Finch   x
House Finch   x
Common Redpoll x  
Hoary Redpoll x  
Pine Siskin   x
American Goldfinch x  
House Sparrow   x





Reportedly there are rare orchids and endangered ferns (for one species this is the only known location in Quebec) in the fields.


Amphibians and Reptiles

There area several species of snakes, including provincially rare brown and green, newts, frogs, toads, salamanders,

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