Today was flippin cold! The sky was lovely and sunny but that swine of a wind made -20°C into -30°C and it chilled to the bone.
In the afternoon I went to Bois Papineau with Claude and we had a tour of the woodlot there hoping for owls. The Eastern Screech Owl was not home in the regular hole but we did find a Great Horned Owl that gave us a good stare. It was very skittish but then if you are daft enough to try to roost above a main path where dogs and folk walk then you learn the hard way. I got a few record shots though.
In the north section of the wood there was a fair bit of activity around the feeding station as birds were coming and going all of the time. Some birds posed so I just had to capture their images.
The morning had been quite different. We went off to Mont Royal Park in downtown Montreal looking for the recent Black-backed Woodpecker that had been regularly found in the small pine woods below the chalet. The first look drew a blank but, refreshed and reheated by a cup of hot chocolate, we gave it another bash. In between the frantic flapping of the flags above the chalet, oddly the Canadian flag was not there, I heard a distant call and so we plunged down the hill, finding the female woodpecker giving some more trees grief.
We tracked her as she moved around a fair bit but away from decent photo range. Eventually she settled down for a preen with the sun behind us and our lenses in hand, or tripod, depending on who’s kit we are talking about, and the cold cameras went into action. She has obviously been there all winter, judging by the numerous pock-marked trees that bear the marks of her fastidious attention.
Below are a couple of shots for your enjoyment.