Friday, November 17, 2017

Tuque Weather

Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus getting into the wild grapes
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus getting into the berries
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis getting into the birch catkins
American Goldfinch feeding on birch catkins

Lil' raccoon feetsies
  Brrr, it was -10 with the wind chill up in the cemetery hills ce matin. No sign of those Red Crossbills from the other day, but there were a few hopeful folks out looking for them.
  Up on Pine Hill Side, I spent an enjoyable 20 minutes under a steady flurry of husks and debris from birch catkins, produced by a busy crew of American Goldfinch.

  It was a pleasure to see some Cedar Waxwings, hopefully the Bohemians show up soon. And a big mess of Evening Grosbeaks, that’d be nice, too. And a Gyrfalcon. Thus ends my Christmas wish list. Oh, and a Boreal Owl in a pear tree.
  On the way out I bumped into Jean-Sebastian Mayer, and we had a laugh about our shared Red Crossbill encounter from Tuesday (on his 1,000th birding session in MRC - legend!). I wasn't able to compare notes with him at the time, as when the birds flushed, he tore after them up the hill faster than I've see a birder run for a fair few years.

Mount-Royal Cemetery, (Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery), November 17, 2017
Bald Eagle-(1 juvenile winging west)
Downy Woodpecker-2
Pileated Woodpecker-1 male eating wild grapes in L7
American Crow-21 (17)
Common Raven-1 heard
Black-capped Chickadee-26 (17)
White-breasted Nuthatch-4 (3)
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1
American Robin-2
Cedar Waxwing-3 in section H
Northern Cardinal-1
Dark-eyed Junco-16+, mostly in G6
House Sparrow-(2 near Decelles entrance)
American Goldfinch-15 on Pine Hill Side
House Finch-3 in section H

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