As it was March 1st I thought it was time for the annual visit to the excellent and easily viewed feeders on Rue Higgins, Chatauguay. The prime reason most birders drop by is to see Red-bellied Woodpecker – a tricky species to find in Quebec sometimes. The site also has friendly Carolina Wrens and Tufted Titmice so it is always well worth the trip, a trip made much easier from St-Lazare now we have highway 30 fully open.
On the way there I dropped into a few places seeing more Snow Buntings than I did in the whole of February. I also passed a nice flock of 60 Bohemian Waxwings and 40 American Robins, Chatauguay always seems very birdy whenever I visit. At the site, a Carolina Wren sang in full view but I struggled to focus the mini camera, still that is part of the learning curve. I could also hear Tufted Titmouse calling away all the while I was there, then the star of the show turned up but stuck to the feeders. I did take a few snaps for practice.
In ther afternoon I ventured out owling scoring easily with the regular St-Lazare Great Grey Owl. Feeling lucky, I went out around St-Clet and came across a Snowy Owl on the first barn roof on Ste-Julie. Despite fading light and snow getting heavier I snapped away and the results are not too bad.
Here are the shots. The sparrows are House Sparrows thereby proving that they do occur on dates other than January 1st!