Today I was out with Tim, a visitor from England, and we had a good eight hours or so despite the rain. We covered a few sites around Vaudreuil-Solanges but our main morning location was Baie Brazeau near Pointe-Fortune. The trails are open and there is general access to this tidy little reserve. We didn’t see much in the way of warblers but a Least Bittern called away from the marsh and a couple of American Bitterns showed well. We also saw at least seven Green Herons and an obliging Solitary Sandpiper.
We moved on to Chemin Fief as the rain increased. Yesterday’s American Bitterns were still present. One was showing very well, the other only being seen in flight. The light was pretty poor but the images are not terrible.
Bobolinks were twinkling in the bigger fields and a couple of Eastern Meadowlarks were having a flutter around. Again, warblers were hard to find, just a single Chestnut-sided put on a show.
Moving on to St-Lazare sand pits and we did the Base de Plien Air trails finding Hermit Thrushes, three Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a very active Black-and-White Warbler. By the time we emerged into the daylight the wind was stronger and the rain more determined so we declared on 67 species, not bad considering. A few photos from the pits are below, the Scarlet Tanager was hard to get a shot of, too high.