Finally a bit of sunshine and we took some exercise by walking down to the riverside … the only birds were a large group of wheeling Purple Martins and the regulation Gulls but anyone interested in where The Sparroworkers live might find the following pictures interesting.  Not bad environment for “suburbia”.

The views are of Lac St Louis on the St-Lawrence, SW shore of Montreal Island.

Meanwhile, the Juvenile Pileated Woodpecker is making a feast from our peanut feeder and the Lilies are splendid this year, quite striking.

But first : NEWS FLASH …
I have just been advised that the Montreal anglo newspaper (The Gazette – I don’t read it – politically not my cup of tea) has a what to do in town this weekend column that has ‘discovered” my main website at www.sparroworks.ca and recommended it to the world as a “COOL” place to visit and discover where to go birding around here.  I’ve never been called COOL before.  You can see the (mini) article from the paper here.

Now some photographs …

Water garden beside the town hall

Water garden beside the town hall

South across lac St Louis ...very much the same view as the earliest settlers saw in the C17

South across lac St Louis ...very much the same view as the earliest settlers saw in the C17

If it wasn't hazy you'd see the mountain in the centre of Montreal on the horizon

If it wasn't hazy you'd see the mountain in the centre of Montreal on the horizon

Boats at rest

Boats at rest

Pileated Woodpecker getting a free lunch

Pileated Woodpecker getting a free lunch

Orange Lilies (the red beyond are Monardia which are a magnet for Hummingbirds)

Orange Lilies (the red beyond are Monardia which are a magnet for Hummingbirds)