The return of migratory birds
” Every spring, migratory birds have become accustomed to frequenting the banks of the St. Lawrence. “
On April 15, 1998, the journalist Line Pagé presented a report to the Montreal tonight hosted by Michel Viens.
She went to the south and north shores of the St. Lawrence River, more specifically to Baie-du-Febvre, between Nicolet and Sorel, as well as to Saint-Barthélemy, in the Lanaudière region, to observe the passage. migratory birds.
In 1998, it was not very long since Baie-du-Febvre had become a major stage in the migration of snow geese.
7000 kilometers long, the migration of snow geese brings them at the end of March from their wintering place, the American states of the Carolinas, to the Canadian Far North to spend the summer there.
This trip is exhausting.
Snow geese therefore gather in Baie-du-Febvre to feed on the leftover corn from the previous fall’s harvest.
The flocks of immaculate birds that can be observed there are a delight for ornithologists.
As Christian Hart, from the Baie-du-Febvre interpretation center, points out, corn, a very nutritious cereal, allows snow geese to improve their chances of survival and reproduction.
The stop at Baie-du-Febvre is also an opportunity to find a partner.
This is serious research, as snow geese form pairs that remain together until death, it is said.
In Saint-Barthélemy, it is rather dabbling ducks and Canada geese that bird watchers will have the opportunity to observe.
They constitute a diverse group of migrants.
As in Baie-du-Febvre, the birds choose to congregate in Saint-Barthélemy because they find ample food there.
In this part of the country, farmers grow several types of cereals, including buckwheat.
This cereal is the food of choice for ducks; this explains why Saint-Barthélemy has historically been a stopping place for migrating birds.
Some tips for bird nesting boxes
Several species of birds nest and breed in our countryside and in our cities.
Many Canadians wish to welcome them by building nesting boxes for them to shelter and have their young.
But what type of nest box is suitable for which species of bird?
This is the question that the agronomist Danielle Dagenais answers, in a report by journalist Yvon Leblanc and director André Forté for Green week aired on March 12, 1995.
Pascale Tremblay hosts the show.
First, you should know that not all birds adopt nest boxes built by human hands.
For example, forget cardinals or goldfinches, which prefer open-air places.
On the other hand, in March or April, tree swallows, nuthatches, chickadees or woodpeckers could be attracted by nesting boxes cobbled together by humans and placed facing south.
In May, it will be the time to install the gourd-shaped nesting boxes for the black swallows.
An important element is the size of the entrance to the nest box.
Do not drill too large a hole that would allow sparrows and starlings to enter at the expense of other species.
A shiny interior will also discourage starlings from establishing themselves in your birdhouse.
Also, don’t forget a ventilation hole to allow the birds to breathe easier.
Another important detail is not to use too much insecticide if you are installing nest boxes near your houses.
Insectivorous birds should do the job.