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.
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.
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.
I found a quite a few sparrows in the brush beside the river.
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.
There were two European Starlings sitting in a tree.
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.
Found a tree with a growth on it.
We spotted a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the distance.
At the sugar shack, there were a lot of activity. Like this Eastern Phoebe.
A Red Squirrel
We thought this was an American Beauty. I checked and it is an Eastern Comma butterfly.
There was a Chipmunk peaking out among the rocks.
There was a ruckus at the quarry. Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers were singing or croaking.
Saw this tree riddled with woodpecker holes.
At the end of the walk, there were a few woodpeckers. I got shots of a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
That all for today’s walk.
Est numquam etiam nuper committitur Birding.