We needed some exercise this morning and went wandering in the arboretum. Nothing very exciting (as in new) on the birding front as it is a Sunday in ski season and dogs were being walked but we did pick up a couple of Pileated Woodpeckers, a Downy, the usual BC Chickadees and hordes of White-breasted Nuthatches, an Am-Robin, a Crow and what is probably a new species for the arboretum.
Three or four days ago someone reported seeing a Carolina Wren near to Chalet Pruche and the report appeared on eBird. This would be a first if confirmed and just before noon, walking beside the ski-tunnel NE of the chalet (at 45.436186,-73.947127 – there is a 3D map below for anyone interested in getting it themselves) we were loudly serenaded for several minutes by a Carolina Wren … so yes, the arbo checklist has gained a new species. That would be really neat if it can find, or has brought along, a mate. This makes my personal arboretum life-list come to 125 species.
Today’s photo is simply an American Goldfinch high up in the trees. This is winter plumage, the bright yellow returns in spring and summer.