Faithful followers of this blog will have seen the photographs of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that has been coming to our feeders for the past several days - long after he should have left for the south. he has a similarly laggardly "friend" up in Tadoussac this year but that seems to be it for the end of November in Quebec. It is especially cold today and he has not been seen yet so we hope [...]
We had several inches of early snow a few days ago which came as a surprise. The seasonal average daytime temperature for this date is +1C but we are actually enjoying is -6C (-12C at breakfast time) and windchill of -11C. Out on the river down the road the bays are starting to get a skim of ice over them and the Canada Geese are huddling and whinging to each other. Can't be long before [...]
Here's something notable ... a couple of days ago (see an earlier posting) we had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on one of the garden feeders, a visitor who should have left for the south some time ago. Turns out that late Sapsuckers are being reported in small and scattered numbers in Quebec this year, but it was unusual enough for eBird to seriously query it. At the same time we have had one of the Carolina [...]
There is a gang of three young Blue Jays in the neighbourhood - always a very smart, if not a very quiet, bird. Handsome fellows. Oh, and today's birds included the Carolina Wren again. Excellent.
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (male) visited the garden feeders early afternoon – this is more than somewhat unusual this late in the year. He should have been long gone.
After the morning Long-tailed Ducks (see the posting that preceded this one) we felt the need of a walk after lunch. Returning from the morning birding I had noticed from the car some "small duck" in the river beside Macdonald Campus so we walked down there to see what was still about. St-Lawrence river from Macdonald Campus looking downriver towards Montreal - where the ducks were. A very nice collection of assorted [...]
A very handsome male Long-tailed Duck was seen yesterday with the group i visited a couple of days ago so I thought I would try to find him. The strong winds have died down and apart from twenty or so Mallards and a lone pair of Canada Geese everyone else seems to have moved on. However, I persevered and managed to winkle out a couple of well separated females, but not a sign of the [...]
Thanks to tip offs from two birding friends (thanks Mark and Wayne) I decided that as the site lies “just” inside my pale green wildlife circle it was acceptable for me to get out the car to go and check out the pair of Long-tailed Ducks (aka 'Oldsquaw') that have been seen in the waters off l'Anse Vaudreuil for a few days. These are smart, black and white ducks that breed in the very [...]
A bit to the east of us and on the southern shore of Montreal Island is Vallois Bay. It is overlooked by expensive houses and tall apartment blocks but each fall it shelters large rafts of migrating waterfowl. Yesterday, I was told there were about 3000 birds on the water and so decided to take a look for myself. Only partially a good decision. Yesterday the American mid-west had tornadoes caused by a fast [...]
In order to encourage birders to send in their sightings, the people at eBird run a little, relaxed on-line league table of Yard-lists and Patch lists for each province, state or county. Encouraged by posting earlier today by a friend and ace birder living not far away (thanks Mark) I thought to check this out and found, somewhat to my surprise, that I am unwittingly doing quite respectably well in the Quebec "challenge" ... [...]