The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club of Albany, New York area is headed out to Cape
Vincent, NY and Amherst Island, Ont. this weekend. If anyone is interested
in connecting with them to join them there or to share notes, you may
contact the Trip Leader, Bill Lee at 518-374-3426 up until noon Friday..Of
course, the weather may change all that.
The group will spend some time on Cape Vincent peninsular searching for Gray
Partridges, hawks and owls.
They will be staying at the EconoLodge in Watertown, NY Friday evening. Then
in Kingston, Ont Sat and Sunday.
NY/ Lenox, MA
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From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Matthew
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 11:18 PM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Great Gray Owls in the Montréal area
Together with Allan Strong and Peter Jones, I journeyed to the
Montréal area yesterday (16 January 2005) in search of Great Gray
Owls that have been reported on Île Bizard since early January. This
island is located just north of the west end of the island of Montreal.
From the start of I-189 in South Burlington, it took us just over two
hours to reach this site.
When we arrived, we were greeted by a helpful birder/photographer who
had just seen one bird and pointed us in its direction. After about five
minutes of walking on slightly icy snowmobile tracks, we came around a
corner and found a Great Gray perched near the top of a tree along the
edge of an old abandoned field. We stopped right away, set up our scopes,
and enjoyed good looks at the bird. After a few minutes, the bird took
flight, and we were pleasantly surprised when it actually perched closer
to us. Then after sitting there for about ten minutes, the bird flew
almost directly over us, and landed in a tree right behind us. I would
have had great looks in my scope, except that the bird was too close to
even use the scope!
Eventually, another group of birders arrived and joined us in
admiring this bird. Shortly after, a second Great Gray flew in from a
neighboring field. And then, a minute or two later, a third bird flew
into the area. It was almost an embarrassment of riches! The other
birders, for some reason, left rather quickly. However, we stayed for
over two hours, enjoying great looks at these birds and eventually
identifying six individuals, all within a ten minute walk of our car. In
speaking with locals who walk regularly on these trails, it sounds like
there are quite a few more birds present in the area.
Although we can certainly hope that some Great Grays might descend
upon Vermont and New York (visit http://geocities.com/eperviere_lapone/ to
see how this species is moving up the St. Lawrence, closer to New York), I
would recommend Île Bizard as a place to see this magnificent owl.
Despite the fact that it is along the edge of one of North America's great
cities, the part of the island where the owls are found is amazingly quiet
To find Île Bizard on a map, search for Pierrefonds, QC on MapQuest
Zooming in more, you can see that once you cross the bridge onto Île
Bizard, you will be on Boulevard Jacques Bizard. Take this boulevard to
its intersection with Boulevard Chèvremont and turn left on
Boulevard Chèvremont; follow this boulevard to its end, where
snowmobile/walking trails begin. If you do make this trip, be sure to
bring valid identification for the border crossing.