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Hard Bird Slogging

This morning I was booked to lead a birding field trip in the Arboretum … this winter one I usually lead people along the snowshoe trail and last year the day was cold, bright and contained three Owls, one ripping a squirrel to pieces which was a lot of fun. This morning the weather was unseasonably warm with a few inches of overnight snow but at kick-off time this morning it had turned to light rain. Frankly, I don’t think I have ever waded through so much heavy treacle as today … the walking was a very hard slog and the birding – well, let’s say it had it’s bird-free moments.

Nevertheless, by the end of what turned out to be a successful outing we had accounted for a very respectable 15 species including five Pileated Woodpeckers (is that a record?) and a small group of seven Pine Siskins which have been virtually unknown in the Montreal area this winter … in fact, it’s been a bad winter altogether for winter finches of any sort.

Thanks to Chris and Claude for joining me and a welcome to a couple of new birders, Bob and Annick (not related) who made up our little party … I appreciated the company as when I rose this morning and saw the weather I was resigned to being alone.

So, the birds we saw were as follows … photographs follow
4 Mourning Dove
2 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
5 Pileated Woodpecker
5 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
49 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
6 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
1 American Tree Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
2 Northern Cardinal
7 Pine Siskin
55 American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

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Peanuts for the Chickadees

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60% of the party

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Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

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By | 2016-02-20T13:56:53+00:00 February 20th, 2016|birding, birds, BPQ, field trip, winter|0 Comments

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