So Irene swept through, brushing Montreal with her soggy arms but not delivering a hoped for pelagic rarity anywhere local. On the haunch of the store a few shorebirds dropped into the pits, distant as usual, a Short-billed Dowitcher stayed five dyas, two Pectoral Sandpipers joined the melange of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and a few Semipalmated Sandpipers joined the Leasts but that was it.
In the garden the rain forced down three Magnolia, one Tennessee and a Chestnut-sided Warbler which stayed a short while. The real legacy of Irene for us was the sixth power outage of the year and, yes, we had stocked the freezer the day before, poot!
Odes are relatively few although a fresh Black Saddlebags at the pits was hopefully a locally bred insect, hard to tell. In the garden the Autumn Meadowhawks are abundant and happy to pose for digishots, good practice and pretty good results. This is the only meadowhawk with yellow legs and the females have that sticky down bit at the tip of the tail. The last photo is a Monarch’s head but you knew that anyway.