This afternoon there was a short but very vicious downpour in M0ntreal that immediately 9well, within five minutes) had the local radio stations warning people to watch for flash floods on the autoroutes and which brought some interesting birds to our garden where, while sheltering, they availed themselves of the berries on the Pagoda Dogwood.  Assorted Vireos, four Baltimore Orioles and an Eastern Kingbird which, while reasonably common, had unaccountably not been recorded in our garden before … that makes 108 species seen here now.  Very nice.

Eastern Kingbird atop one of our Maples

Eastern Kingbird atop one of our Maples

Song Sparrow on the arch

Song Sparrow on the arch

Meanwhile, on the non-birding front, we are entertaining a visit from our niece over from the UK for a couple of weeks touring with intermittent stops here for R&R.  One of her reasons for coming to Montreal (apart, of course, from to see us) was to revisit Reuben’s restaurant downtown and reacquaint herself with the strawberry cheesecake – apparently every bit as good, and as huge, as on her last visit eight years ago …

"Just as she remembered"

"Just as she remembered"

And to keep the rag-bag appeal of this post, yesterday we visited Ottawa, got sunburned, found a splendid resto a long walk along the Rideau Canal and reminded ourselves that “Women are Persons …” (who’da thought it?

Statue to Canadian suffragettes

Statue to Canadian suffragettes

Canadian Parliament building ...

Canadian Parliament building ...