Thursday, October 26, 2017

Drunkadee

Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea
Brown Creeper Certhia americana

                         
  It was spitting rain all morning, but we’re not made of sugar, innit. ‘Twas nice to see an American Tree Sparrow, if only briefly.
  On my way out, I spotted a drunk Black-capped Chickadee bobbing its head and clinging onto a seed (berry?). I briefly thought its bill was stuck shut, but at one point it grabbed the seed with its feet and took a few pecks at it, before re-beaking it. The poor lil' bastid was having trouble flying, and was way too confiding. Its sober buddy was hanging out nearby, perhaps waiting to act as designated flyer. At first I suspected fermented yew berries were the culprit, but I ate like five handfuls and I feel fine.

Mount-Royal Cemetery, (Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery), October 26, 2017
Cooper’s Hawk-2
Ring-billed Gull-(9 near Decelles)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-(1)
Downy Woodpecker-2 (1)
Hairy Woodpecker-4 (2)
Blue Jay-1 (1 muttering half-ass sapsucker and nuthatch calls to itself)
American Crow-7 (2)
Black-capped Chickadee-20+ (10+)
Brown Creeper-2 (1)
White-breasted Nuthatch-4 (2)
Winter Wren-6 (2)
Golden-crowned Kinglet-12+ (10+)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-8+ (6+)
Hermit Thrush-3
Magnolia Warbler-(1 still in the same area as yesterday)
Northern Cardinal-7 (1)
America Tree Sparrow-1 just up the hill from the cannons – it briefly skulked down low with White-throated Sparrows, before shooting high up into the treetops
Song Sparrow-1 by the stream near the north entrance
Fox Sparrow-(1 in the north woods)
White-throated Sparrow-20+ (12+)
Dark-eyed Junco-50+ (30+)
American Goldfinch-2 (1)
Pine Siskin-7 flyby, and a group of about 20 shimmering much higher overhead was possibly this species
Finch sp.-several birds overhead, husky of form and voice – couldn’t place the call, although Pine Grosbeak sounds like a good match. They're relatively scarce, and I don't have much experience with that species, so hopefully I can get another look...

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