The snow day gives me time to catch up...
Thanks to all for the suggestions that you sent me for the Great Gray Owl
search in Montreal last Saturday. We got up early, arrived at our
destination by 8 am and spent an awfully cold day, walking the trails at Morgan
Arboretum,Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park, and
Bois-*de*-l'*Île*-*Bizard*Nature Park. There was a fo
ot or so of cement-hard snow and ice to walk on so I was happy that we had
our microspikes. And our hand warmers.
The Great Gray Owl!!! Yes we saw it, Although not the wonderful long looks
that some had, despite our long day of trying. As we headed down Chemin de
l'Anse à l'Orme towards Cap St. Jacques, the owl flew over, harassed by a
crow. We had a long view and it flew quite close so I am positive that it
was the Great Gray...the size in comparison to the crow was amazing and the
gray facial disks and slow wing beats were wonderful to see. Two other
birders were clearly at the same places that we were and had longer looks
but I am happy with our small success.
A funny aside: We met a woman in the Morgan Arboretum who stopped us to
ask what we looking for with our binoculars and large lens camera. When we
explained, she was quite insistent that we go with her to a nearby park
where there was a big hole in a tree because she was sure that that would
be where the owl would be. We struggled for some time to be gracious and
thankful in return but we were not looking for a hole in the tree. How
nice she was.
Driving along Autoroute 10, we saw a HUGE* ***murmuration of thousands of
A juvenile Northern Goshawk (photos) on the Chemin Sainte-Marie as we drove
towards Morgan Arboretum.
A gorgeous close view of a red-bellied woodpecker at Morgan Arboretum.
A huge flock of Bohemian Waxwings at Cap St. Jacques. The two birders who
were in the same area and reported to eBird said 368.
There was a huge compost pile near the trails at
Bois-*de*-l'*Île*-*Bizard* Nature Park. There was a golf course so we
wondered if it was the grass and leaf clippings from the course. There
were several dozen American Robins digging for worms in the loose compost.
Despite watching for a long time through the binoculars, I did not see one
actually catch a worm but they must have been having success.
Happy birding this weekend!