During a spin around today I came across one of the local Great Grey Owls flat on the road, Ch St-Emmanuel. No suggestion of foul play, just busy roads and an owl doing what owls do. I suspect it to be either ours from St-Lazare or one from Les Cedres found on the same day. Bird wise it was a mixed day. I dropped in to Hungry Bay but didn’t find any Tufted Titmice for the year but a fly-over male Northern Harrier was nice and 40 Red-winged Blackbirds were more what I expect from spring.
Later in the day I went back out looking for owls, no joy but Grey Partridges were showy and a flock of 70 Bohemian Waxwings at the pits were good for the year there.
Below a couple of photos, a Northern Grey Shrike which was digiscoped at 130m in drizzle and that is as good an excuse as I can give. The owl was easier to photograph although the pose is a bit dramatic to say the least.
The year list that I am not doing again is going reasonably well, 55 so far which might not sound many but is ok for Quebec in winter. Here in Canada, to break the monotony of stories about rich hockey players locked out of work poor things, we do winter listing. The season is December 1st to February 28th and the idea is to see as many species as you can within that period. I’ve never bothered much about winter lists but this year I did some sorting and came up with my winter life list, 131 species. I mention this because we also have an organised listing publication which is expertly created by Larry Neily each year. The report is not publised in PDF format and makes interesting reading. If you are Canadian you can just send them to Larry and he’ll put them in Lister’s Corner. Just Google Neilyworld and follow the links, it’s fun.