In response to requests for information regarding my recent ‘tricky trio’ post, below are the directions to the sites mentioned in the post, but first a reminder that I have a new and very reasonably priced eBook out there, ‘My Patch and reading it will no doubt improve your birding life immeasurably (no refunds if it doesn’t).
The first site is a private yard with excellent feeders. It goes without saying that you don’t trespass. The site is on Rue Higgins in Chateauguay and even though with modern technology able to guide a missile into a bunker 3000km away, you still like to know a bit of relevant detail before you set off. All directions are from highway 30, junction 38. Take the north exit onto route 138. At the lights go left onto route 132. Continue about 3km until a right turn called Boulevard de Lery goes right and the 132 goes left. Take the right, go through one stop and over the Chateauguay River, take the exit immediately after the bridge. At the junction go right on Boulevard de Salaberry and continue until the road splits, take the right fork. Continue until a cellphone tower appears on the right, there is a parking lot at the base, park here.
The Carolina Wrens like this parking lot but can be anywhere in the area, they often sing, learn the song and wit, don’t chase them. The Red-bellied Woodpeckers come to the feeders, you can see some from the parking lot and you can also walk the flood bank behind the house to view more feeders. Please respect the privacy of local residents.
Ile St-Bernard is also called the Marguerite D’Youville reserve. It is superb place at any season, there is a fee if you visit after 9am (I think). Spring morning visits are free and productive if you go early enough, you access via the side gate. Directions are: From highway 30, junction 38. Take the north exit onto route 138. At the lights go left onto route 132. Continue about 3km until a right turn called Boulevard de Lery goes right and the 132 goes left. Take the right, go to about 2km to the stop and turn left. Go right at the next stop, left at the next and then cross the small bridge. The parking lot is on the right, the visitor centre and café in the corner. The trail system runs from the back of the café, stick to the main path and you will arrive at various feeders, you should also buy a bag or two from the ticket office, support the cause and feed the birds.
Here is another shot of the Sharp-shinned Hawk that I photographed from the flood banks on Rue Higgins. Incidentally, this bird appears on the cover of a forthcoming free eBook, watch this space.