If anyone in the Burlington area is thinking of heading up to Montreal
to try to see this bird tomorrow (sunday), I'd totally be up for
driving one way, or somehow sharing the drive. I really want to go see
the bird, but I'm not sure I'm up to the task alone. Let me know!
On 3/4/06, Terry Wright <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> My wife and I were in Montreal this weekend for our anniversary. After a
> great early weekend we decided to stop and check out the Great Grey Owl on the
> North-east end of Isle de Montreal, as posted by Julie Hart. The bird is
> still there! He/she is the size of, or slightly larger, than Snowy and a
> beautiful specimen. The weather was fine today and he/she was not hunched
> over or droopy, but very stately and alert today!
> If you choose to go, follow Julie's excellent directions to Parc-Nature -
> they are 'spot-on', as the English say.. Do pay your $5 parking fee in the
> machine in the parking lot and proceed to the visitor's center. The
> cheerful person at the counter today spoke great English and was very helpful. The
> bird was exactly where she indicated it was last seen. She provided a map
> and even marked it with the bird's last known location.
> For the record, there is a walking/x-country skiing loop in the park (Bring
> your skis!). It is a groomed trail and easily walkable with sensible
> footwear. We observed the bird just past where the snowshoe trail crosses this
> loop. On the outside (right hand side as you navigate in a counter-clockwise
> direction) of the trail-loop, the bird was perched in a mature aspen in an
> semi-open field, about 150 feet from the trail. This was near marker number 9 on
> the 2 km loop trail. Later on the walk we were also entertained by a
> couple of French-speaking locals who fed chickadees from their hands. They used
> handfuls of black oil sunflower seeds to attract the birds. Each bird would
> swoop down, in true chickadee fashion, one-by-one, perch for a second on the
> outstreched hand, grab a seed and fly off!
> As we departed, a large flock (~30 birds) or common redpolls were feeding in
> the maples adjacent to the parking lot.
> Well worth a trip!
> Terry Wright