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>Christopher Ciccone and i made the trek up to Montreal for the owls on
>Sunday and had a great birding day--5 owl species and 5 other raptors,
>making it a bad day to be prey.
>Just after crossing the border, on QU 133, we had a flock of c. 400 snow
>buntings working the farm fields. all told, we probably had about 500
>snow buntings on the trip; a few horned larks were about as well.
>a few miles north of there, a peregrine buzzed us--we were driving north
>and he was flying south, so the approach speed must have been over 100 MPH!
>At the hawk owl site in St. Eustache, we found one great grey owl on our
>first stop, but a return in the afternoon yielded two great greys and long
>looks at the hawk owl, which not only flew around a bit but also
>vocalized. We owe thanks to the snowmobiler who was probably responsible
>for putting it up. Our morning run also produced a goshawk there.
>Ile Bizard had at least 3 great greys and one saw-whet owl (thanks to the
>Mass. birders who pointed it out to us!).
>Boucherville produced the boreal owl, right out in the open about 4 feet
>off the ground, complete with a friendly Quebecois guide who was very
>happy to show it to us; then he led us to the great-horned owl nest, with
>one owl incubating and the other hunkered down in a thick spruce.
>Along the roads we also had 1 or possibly 2 kestrels, 1 and possibly
>another rough-legged, and several red-tails.
>No sign of the snowy owl on the road to the now closed Marabel (sp?)
>airport, but it was snowing and blowing pretty steadily when we checked
>there, so it's hard to conclude much about that leg of the day.
>It is a long drive, and QU 133 is one of the worst major roads I have even
>seen (don't get your car aligned until you return, the potholes are
>brutal), but the trip was very much worth it.