Thursday, February 16, 2017

St. Valentine's Day Birdssacre

Fields of Mirabel
Parc des Falaises de Prévost
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis (Male coming into breeding plumage?)
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
Mirabel + Prévost, February 14, 2017
  Just got back from another few days up north at Casa del Joey, filled with bluegrass jams (my fingers hurt), spiced rum (my liver hurts), and birding (all is well). We spent the morning of the 14th cruising the Rangs Ste-Marie & Ste Dominique north of Mirabel Airport, trying to peer over the massive walls of snow that have been cleared off the roads – we’ve had a lot of heavy fluff-fluff in the region over the past week. We soon came upon 60-80 (one group of 20 roved widely) Snow Buntings by the roadsides, and spent literally hours watching them and listening to their delightful little chattering calls.
  Towards noon we came upon another target species – a Snowy Owl perched briefly on a barn, before it headed back out to the middle of a field. We later told another birder about this sighting, and he replied “Crisse! Ou ca?”, and sped off in pursuit, heh heh. We had no luck with finding a Gyrfalcon there, or at the Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve/Parc des Falaises de Prévost, which was very quiet overall.

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