While exploring the “Marais de Touraine” near Gatineau Québec, I came across this sign:
Interesting. The only obvious one is Grand Héron – Great Blue Heron
Three of the birds are “canards” – ducks.
Canard bronchu: A French friend is unsure of what “bronchu” means but this is the Wood Duck.
Canard colvert “colvert” means “green colour” These are Mallards.
Canard noir is the Black Duck
Bernache du Canada is a Canada Goose.
Bruant chanteur “Chanteur” means “singer”. This is the Song Sparrow.
Carouge à épaulettes ”Épaulettes” are shoulder patches such as those on military uniforms. The bird is a Red-winged Blackbird.
Goéland à bec circlé ”bec circlé” means “ring-billed.” This is the Ring-billed Gull.
Harle Couronné ”couronné” means “with a crown.” This is the Hooded Merganser.
Merle d’Amérique is the American Robin.
Interesting article. It matches what I have seen at my feeder
Which birds are the biggest jerks at the feeder? – The Washington Post
Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!
Bird thou never wert,
That from Heaven, or near it,
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.
Higher still and higher
From the earth thou springest
Like a cloud of fire;
The blue deep thou wingest,
And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest … – Percy Shelley
Hey–I can’t even learn them in English! But I AM getting better, and I AM learning more (slowly, and with much repetition). And you HAVE provided English language captions on your pictures. Thanks for the pictures (with English captions) from Quebec, Miles!
Next is the Latin ones. But no, I can’t object–you did this very nicely, giving us the French names (one at a time!) along with the English ones. It’s educational, fun, and yes, I enjoyed seeing the French names. Whether or not I learn or remember them is, of course, which something else again!