We haven’t been to the Parc-historique-du-moulin on Ile-Perrot (it’s. within the 7km wildlife circle around where we live) for a very long time indeed but following our intention to do a good walk every day to keep fit that was where we headed today. Beautiful weather as you can see and some nice birds … including a Baltimore Oriole (not photographed).

The location is on this google-map … https://www.google.com/maps?ll=45.366528,-73.85732&spn=0.050774,0.102482&t=m&z=14

On the eve of the millennium we went out here, stood in knee deep snow at midnight and watched the downtown fireworks 20 km distant … the third picture shows the clear view we had. that was a splendid evening, if rather chilly and necessitating plenty of whisky on our return home.

Today, the place was almost empty apart from ourselves and several crews of security company engineers installing security equipment. This is a delightful place for walking and birding and often holds plenty of waterfowl in the two main bays during migration … but rather than a nature park, it has been designated a historic park and during the summer months it has teamsof history students dressing up as 17C settlers and peasants in order to interact with the visitors and educate them – not today though. if that sort of thing is of interest, you can find more about it at http://www.pointedumoulin.com/en/home

The windmill is unusual in being fortified.  back in the days of yore all furs had to be sold to government agents but the trappers could get a better price on the open market so tried to circumvent the system.  This windmill was a centre of the illegal fur trade and subject to raids by the authorities and also of rival gangs of crooks (a bit like today’s Montreal mafia wars).  Beatiful setting anyway.

The reed beds were full of Song and occasionally Swamp Sparrows.  yellow-rumped Warblers were present in large gangs and there was also a solitary Baltimore Oriole. The checklist for the day was as follows:

Mallard  2
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Rock Pigeon  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  12
American Robin  3
European Starling  50
Yellow Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler >20
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Baltimore Oriole  1

Now, some photographs … click on the thmbnails to enter the slideshow