(Note: from now on, when there is mention of an “interesting” bird we are going to try to give a hyperlink to more information about it – click on the bird’s name if it looks like a link should you wish to know more)
It warmed up today somewhat – only minus 12degC – and we took another visit to the arboretum. The Chalet Pruche restoration committee were having an open day with hot chocolate and dogs as well as a roaring log fire (a short series of pictures of this are in the arboretum’s own album ). Chalet Pruche is a very attractive cabin in the forest much sought after by film companies as a backdrop to their Hollywood extravaganza’s … we’ve had some mega-stars shivering there over the years.
After paying our respects and warming up we wandered the trails and had a fleeting view of our old and elusive friend the Barred Owl not far from where he was in the autumn. Returning to the car park J spotted an “unusual” woodpecker in a tree near the start of the Blue Trail which, when I got the binoculars onto it, was confirmed as a Red-bellied Woodpecker which was a lifer for J and a pretty rare bird at all hereabouts … they are occasionally, but infrequently, reported, usually heard rather than seen, in the arboretum in winter where they are an irruptive visitor from their normal range. better still, this fellow then really paid his dues by coming down to one of the feeders that Bird Protection Quebec stock with seed and hung around long enough to be photographed.
A good day indeed.