Our good friends Steve and Tor came from the UK to see us over the long weekend. They are touring North America as part of their ‘20 years of marriage’ celebration and we were privileged to host them for their first few days. We took them out and about and I, in the process, took a few photos.

Our first trip out was to Park Omega near Montebello. If you’ve never been it is a Canadian Safari park that has endemic animals running free, except for ones that might bite. There are walking trails as well and an elevated boardwalk with Bears on one side and Grey Wolves on the other. The birding is not great but I did manage to snap an American Bittern. I also had an ode tick, details on the ode blog.

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The next day we went to St-Timothee. The weather was iffy but there were a few birds on the marsh including Hooded Merganser, many Great Egrets, more American Bitterns and a few Cedar Waxwings on the berries. Later we saw White-throated Sparrows on Bordelais Bog.

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Today, after they had moved on to their next port of call, I got back into the St-Lazare sand pits groove. Warblers were about in the soccer pitch wood again and patient watching and following the flock got me: Red-eyed Vireo; Northern Parula; Tennessee Warbler; Magnolia Warbler; Black-throated Blue Warbler; Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler; Black-throated Green Warbler; Bay-breasted Warbler; Blackpoll Warbler; American Redstart; Common Yellowthroat and Canada Warbler – not bad going. Also noteworthy was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – pits year tick #171, record in sight I think.

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Out on the marshy areas, four Pectoral Sandpipers are in with the numerous Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, I managed to photograph one and I got a Least Sandpiper nicely framed even if the bill is scruffy. Duck numbers are also increasing and both teal are around, more Green-winged than Blue-winged though  – here is a mixed group.

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The weather looks like it will be migration in full swing time, especially later in the week when there is supposed to be a significant dip. Looking forward to it.


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