Birder's Guide

MAR 2018

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enthusiasts. Interestingly, Bonaparte's Gull and Black-legged Kittiwake are the most common and numerous species. By August, Little Gull can be found on a daily basis, with frequent sightings of multiple individuals. Black-headed Gull is also a regular visitor, and this is prob- ably the best site in the province outside the Magdalen Islands, where they breed. For dreamers, both Ross's Gull and Ivory Gull have visited here in the past (but not simultaneously!), and the latter only in winter. The large cross visible on the rocky point called Pointe-à-la-Croix is worth the detour. Northern Wheatear has visited this spot on numerous oc- casions in the past. Horned Larks and American Pipits are abundant on the shore during fall migration, with lesser numbers of Lapland Longspur. The site itself is not the best in the region for shorebirds in terms of numbers; how- ever, when it comes to diversity, it is as good as it can be. Twenty-eight species have been recorded in the vicinity, and they include such goodies as Common Ringed Plover and Marbled Godwit. Longue-Rive Longue-Rive is a coastal village that ex- tends over 12 miles (20 km) of shore- line. The shallow water offers a huge surface of mudflats at low tide, pro- viding excellent foraging habitat for shorebirds. Pointe à Émile and Pointe à Boisvert are probably the most accessi- ble locations for shorebird observation. Pointe à Émile is located at the end of a saltmarsh frequented by hunting rap- tors; sometimes even the uncommon Short-eared Owl is seen here. Black- tailed Godwit and Ruff have also graced the site with springtime appearances. The eastern end of Pointe à Boisvert is a sandy beach where Black-bellied Plover, Red Knot, and "peeps" gather during the rising tide. No matter which site is visited for shorebirds in the region, the best timing of the day is usually three to four hours before high tide. Birds be- come sparse at the lowest point of the cycle and can roost at hard-to-access locations at higher tides. Portneuf-sur-Mer Considered one of the greatest hotspots for shorebirds in the province, the Banc de Portneuf-sur-Mer is literally a 5-km sandbank that juts out into the St. Lawrence River. Thousands of shore - birds, mainly juveniles, stop here every year to fatten up before undertaking Introducing Tadoussac 50 Birder's Guide to Travel | April 2018 top to bottom: n Sabine's Gull. Photo © Samuel Denault n Boreal Chickadee. Photo © David Mitchell n Tadoussac. Photo © Etolane

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