Cap St Jacques and Morgan Arboretum

I woke up early today and went for a brisk walk at Cap St Jacques nature park. Just to warm up. It was a chilly zero (0) degrees and frost on the car. There were a few birds and critters around. Like this Gray Squirrel looking for breakfast.

_DSC6110 Gray Squirrel

I heard the knocking of a woodpecker. It took a few minutes to find it. Sometimes, there is not much to see with tree branches between you and the subject. I managed to get one shot before it took off. It is a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

_DSC6112 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

I heard the sound of a Northern Cardinal. I spotted a male and a female flying around near the path in between the branches. This was the only clear shot I got.

_DSC6113 Northern Cardinal (m)

I found a quite a few sparrows  in the brush beside the river.

_DSC6135 Song Sparrow

A few Mallards were fly low over the river. I tried to take some shots. Most were out of focus and only one was barely okay. I need more practice.

_DSC6148 Mallard

There were two European Starlings sitting in a tree.

_DSC6172 European Starling

After an hour and a half, I was warmed up and headed over to the Morgan Arboretum for the BPQ walk. There was a mixture of new, intermediate, and experienced birders. The temperature was a balmy 7 degrees. We walked for two hours.


Right from the start, American Goldfinch and Chipping Sparrow near us.

_DSC6178 American Goldfinch

_DSC6185 Chipping Sparrow

Found a tree with a growth on it.

_DSC6189 Growth

We spotted a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the distance.

_DSC6191 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

At the sugar shack, there were a lot of activity. Like this Eastern Phoebe.

_DSC6204 Eastern Phoebe

A Red Squirrel

_DSC6208 Red Squirrel

We thought this was an American Beauty. I checked and it is an Eastern Comma butterfly.

_DSC6237 Eastern Comma

There was a Chipmunk peaking out among the rocks.

_DSC6248 Chipmunk

There was a ruckus at the quarry. Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers were singing or croaking.

_DSC6257 Wood Frog

Saw this tree riddled with woodpecker holes.

_DSC6260 Woodpecker Holes

At the end of the walk, there were a few woodpeckers. I got shots of a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.

_DSC6285 Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

_DSC6318 Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

That all for today’s walk.

Est numquam etiam nuper committitur Birding.

3 thoughts on “Cap St Jacques and Morgan Arboretum”

  1. Grow European starlings sitting in a tree

    Couldn’t resist this came theiugh my mind as soon as I read that

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