A quiet pits once again saw me head off down the lanes this Saturday. The pipt flock was still around but spread over a large area. No American Kestrels to concentrate them but at least one was fairly close. I also checked out the Snowy Owl area, just to get a feel for any changes. The Ste-Marie hump has gone completely but all of the dead snags remain and will not doubt be regularly occupied from late December onwards. Out on a small section of turf farm I came across the Peregrine that has been visiting the pits. It was down on the grass and scurrying around after Grasshoppers. It allowed fairly close approach and even when it noticed me it only flew on 30m or so to resume its feasting.
I headed over to Ste-Marthe and enjoyed the regular autumn spectacular of Common Grackles roaming around in one vast flock. It would be hard to say how many birds were in the flock, probably more than 5,000, they kept dropping into a small puddle for a drink and bath. Further on one local pair of Eastern Bluebirds had raised two young. Moving on to Chemin Fief the bluebird count increased with 11 birds sat on wires, 8 of which were young birds. While watching them, and hoping they might venture nearer for a photo, a small passerine flushed from the roadside and started feeding in the grass, a Pine Warbler.
The closest American Pipit.
Count the grackles
How many Grasshoppers constitute a decent meal for a Peregrine?
Pine Warbler pining for the Pines?