Odd Morning

The weather has turned much colder, especially today, and that sparked a movement this morning of Canada Geese, a species that had previously been scarce to completely absent. Warbler were completely absent today when yesterday, the following were in one flock in the soccer pitch woods.

Red-eyed Vireo; Philadelphia Vireo; Nashville Warbler; American Restart; Cape May Warbler; Blackpoll Warbler; Bay-breasted Warbler; Northenr Parula; Magnolia Warbler; Yellow-rumped Warbler; Black-throated Green Warbler; Pine Warbler. There were also three Scarlet Tanagers hanging about with the same flock. Not a bad line-up.

Also yesterday we had a bit of hawk migration in the afternoon, this time at Dune Lake, Saddlebrook. Nothing spectacular yet but a couple each of Bald Eagles and Broad-winged Hawk were nice. The next few days should see the Broad-winged Hawk migration start to peak in my area, it would be nice if we get a good flight again. There was also a Great Crested Flycatcher around. An eBird rarity on Laval but expected in St-Lazare, peculiar setting for eBird.

Today it I also saw a few more shorebirds at the pits than recently, notably my second ever Buff-breasted Sandpiper there along with two Pectoral Sandpipers. All three birds did what most of the more interesting shorebirds have done this autumn and flew off. The shorebird habitat is now looking excellent and I’m hoping that I get there every day before disturbance does, as the birds seem reluctant to settle in. Obviously the two yellowlegs are the exception – almost bomb-proof at times.

Despite the delight at getting another pits Buff-breasted Sandpiper, the real highlight for me this morning was a Marsh Wren. I’ve long expected this pits addition but always thought it would be a singing bird in the wetland area. This one was in the shrubs up against the main road. I was beginning to think that it would be a patch tick-less year but saved by the wren.

I just found out that we had a Brown Booby along the St-Lawrence at Bic, 3rd August. I drove past that rock 1st-August before going to Pointe-des-Monts on 2nd-August and not seeing a Tropical Kingbird that I didn’t know was there – the difference between seeing and missing these birds can be fine margins.

I’ve not had much opportunity to use the camera recently but at least it’s been fun to carry it around for miles. This Red-eyed Vireo is from yesterday, I spent a long time trying to get a Cape May Warbler in the open but to no avail.

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