Thanks to our American friends south of the border where today is “Presidents’ Day” and the fact that the company I work for is (now) a US company today was not a day on which I had to report to work while almost all of the rest of Canada did. This was good.
Yesterday we took a day off from birding and had great tramp round the snow-shoe trail in the arboretum ….. where, low and behold, we found a small flock-ette of White-winged Crossbills, a bird I had thought I might miss this year. One bogey-bird less and one not being targeted at the time so we take this as a gift from the birding gods.
Then today we went over to the south shore to visit the waste disposal facility at St-Basile-le-grand which is famous for its Short-eared Owls in winter. Bright, bright sunny day and numbingly cold and when we got there we found that because it was a working day the owls were all behind the wire and we were outside of it – however, bogey-bird number two put in a welcome appearance and as we got out of the car the air was filled with gorgeous little Horned Larks s you can see in the three pictures below:
The missing bird was a House Sparrow
Finally, a Gas Hawk to finish the set ………