Today's milder weather with calm early morning winds brought out 17 birders for our driving trip through the flatlands of St-Clet, Ste-Marthe and Ste-Justine. Temperatures peaked at -3C but a damp northeast breeze during our final hour made for slightly less pleasant conditions. But, all in all, veterans of this outing felt it was a very pleasant day by the standards of previous trips!
Snowy owls were the main target bird of the day and they did not disappoint although most of the sightings were quite far out in the fields. A total of seven were spotted - not bad considering they were "lifers" for three or four of our participants. Other birds were harder to come by. A flock of 20 horned larks were fairly cooperative but a group of 50 snow buntings played hide and seek against a cloudy sky and never really did give us a good look. Twenty turkeys, some in flight, were also a nice addition. A distant coyote added a good mammalian component to our day.
Many thanks to all who came out for their good camaraderie. Our complete list of 16 species(not all seen by everyone) is below. - Wayne
Wild Turkey - 20, Rock Pigeon - 75, Mourning Doves - 4, Snowy Owl - 7, Downy Woodpecker - 1, Northern Shrike - 1, Blue Jay - 20, American Crow - 25, Common Raven - 2, Horned Lark - 30, Black-capped Chickadee - 14, White-breasted Nuthatch - 1, European Starling - 60, Snow Bunting - 50, Northern Cardinal - 1, House Sparrow - 10
Dinde sauvage - 20, Pigeon biset - 75, Tourterelles tristes - 4, Harfang des neiges - 7, Pic mineur - 1, Pie-grièche grise - 1, Geai bleu - 20, Corneille d'Amérique - 25, Grand Corbeau - 2, Alouette hausse-col - 30, Mésange à tête noire - 14, Sittelle à poitrine blanche - 1, Étourneau sansonnet - 60, Bruant des neiges - 50, Cardinal rouge 1, Moineau domestique - 10