I got itchy feet today after our non-birding trip to the UK and took myself out for a circuit of the waters around Ile Perrot to see what ducks might be about … apparently some of the less common species have been seen there is recent days and I hoped to catch a few.
A bright day with a temperature around 10degC and a strong SW wind that raised good waves along the southern shore where no birds were seen at all. Along the more sheltered northern shore however there were plenty … so long as you were looking for hundreds of Canada Geese and Mallards! I shall have to go back again in a day or two for the rare guys.
What I did meet and enjoy, however, was a huge flock that I estimated at around 400 individuals, of Red-winged Blackbirds. They were spread out along a lengthy riverside reed bed and hard to see except when small numbers rose, mover ten feet and dived down again. The soft twittering from them was constant and impossible to ignore. eBird wanted confirmation of the numbers as that number, this late in the year, is rather unusual.