Friday, January 04, 2008

Sightings for Friday January 4th

Monteal, Ile Notre Dame: Townsend's Solitaire (Solitaire de Townsend) was seen again in front of the Casino de Montreal in a mixed flock of Starlings (étourneaux), and American Robins (Merles d'Amérique), - close to the totem pole in Jardin Floralies. Also present in a row of conifers west of this site was a Barred owl (Chouette Rayee) - A. Plimer

St. Clet: I went out this morning, to the St-Clet area... in extremely windy conditions with much drifting snow on the roads. Finally managed to find a Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges) ... my 6th species of the season. It was an immature or female...impossible to approach... found on the ground in the cornfields, on Chemin Ste-Julie, south side, about half a kilometre, before Montee Ste-Julie. I managed a photo from a distance of about 150 metres. Also found a half dozen Horned lark nearby. Quite a dangerous morning to scan the rooftops of barns, since at one point I almost ended up off the road! - C. Kling

Montreal, Botanical Gardens: Carolina wren (troglodyte de Caroline), 30 Common redpolls & 2 Hoary redpolls (Sizerins flammés, et 2 blanchâtre), 15 Pine grosbeaks (Durbecs des sapins), Cooper’s hawk (Épervier de Cooper), Red & White-breasted nuthatches (Sittelle à poitrine rousse et blanche), European goldfinch (Chardonneret élégant)Luc Laberge

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