Fourteen birders attended yesterday's field trip to the St Clet/Ste Marthe/ Ste Justine area and were greeted with cold temperatures (-17C) and cloudy skies but thankfully only light winds.
The main target bird for this trip is always Snowy Owls and these northern visitors did not disappoint today. A total of 13 were spotted in the area, many at long distance but several close enough to the roadway for photos. A second species on everyone's wish list is Gray Partridge and we were pleased to find a flock of 8 that after initially flushing from beside a barn played hide and seek in the fluffy new snow with only their heads sticking out. A stop at the MBO Snow Bunting banding site gave us close-up looks at these lovely little birds as they admired their new jewelry. Thanks to Lisa Keelty and Gay McDougall for answering all our questions and their continued dedication to this project. - Wayne Grubert
Our complete list of 20 species was comprised of: Gray Partridge - 8, Wild Turkey - 32, Cooper's Hawk - 1, Rock Pigeon - 130, Mourning Dove - 20, Snowy Owl - 13, Downy Woodpecker - 2, Hairy Woodpecker - 1, Pileated Woodpecker - 1, Blue Jay - 12, American Crow - 20, Common Raven - 1, Black-capped Chickadee - 24, European Starling - 30, Bohemian Waxwing - 2, Dark-eyed Junco - 5, Snow Bunting - 50, American Goldfinch - 40, House Sparrow - 40
Perdrix grise - 8, Dindon sauvage - 32, Épervier de Cooper - 1, Pigeon biset - 130, Tourterelle triste - 20, Harfang des neiges - 13, Pic mineur - 2, Pic chevelu - 1, Grand Pic - 1, Geai bleu - 12, Corneille d'Amérique - 20, Grand Corbeau - 1, Mésange à tête noire - 24, Étourneau sansonnet - 30, Jaseur boréal - 2, Junco ardoisé - 5, Plectrophane des neiges (Bruant des neiges) - 50, Chardonneret jaune - 40, Moineau domestique - 40