But we, in Dunany, do not have one even if our area dozens of species are found. So I figured we should have one and that you, my faithful readers, should select it. So I asked our ornithologist in chief Sylvie Robert to draw a short list. Timing was good as on Sunday May 17 she participated in Quebec’s Grand Défi Oiseaux. On that day, she and her partner Gilles Laperrière identified no less than 90 species of bird in the Dunany area.
So here are her candidates: Pine Warbler (top left), Red-breasted Nuthatch (top right) , the Black-throated Blue Warbler (bottom left), Hermit Thrush (bottom right). Why? What were her criteria? These birds have a more prominent presence in our area than others. That is because they are especially appreciative of our mixed forests: conifers and leafy trees.
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Here is a bit more information about each bird:
Pine Warbler: This bird nests in the giant pine trees that so represent Dunany. A bird that is quite rare elsewhere in Quebec, it is pretty common in Dunany.
Red-breasted Nuthatch: A favorite of our bird feeders, this bird can even be taught to eat in your hand.
Black-throated Blue Warbler: One of our most beautiful birds, anybody who has the opportunity to see it will appreciate its beauty. A small bird with a big voice. Its song can be heard all over Dunany from May to August.
Hermit Thrush: How can anybody resists the song of the Hermit Thrush. A beautiful fluting song that accompanies us all summer long.
Now, to vote click on Comments and let us known of your choice. You can also write in a bird not identified in this photo montage. Voting will end June 7. Dunany’s emblematic bird will be announced shortly thereafter.