Yesterday, news broke of a male Townsend’s Warbler at Pointe-Calumet, north-west of Montreal. Sandra and I went for a look but we were late in the day and there was no sign of the bird.

This morning I went back for another try. I didn’t know that it had been seen earlier in the morning until Samuel Denault arrived with the news. We split up to search, me chasing a flock of Black-capped Chickadees, often a warbler ‘carrier’ species, Samuel grilling and area we’d already looked at. After about 10 minutes he located the bird in with a small group of chickadees, Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Pine Warbler and called me over, thanks Samuel.

Over the next fifteen minutes the warbler showed very nicely, scrabbling around tree trunks and feeding low and even on the floor. I managed a few snaps before it drifted out of sight and more birders arrived. This was the third Townsend’s Warbler for Quebec following a female at Cap Tourmente on 17th-May 2008, followed eerily by a male at the same site on 17th-May 2009, one of those weird birding coincidences.

Congratulations to Jean-Claude Charbonneau on an excellent find.

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