A day away from the garden today – we took part in the annual Bird Studies Canada Christmas Bird Count centred in Hudson, a few miles west of Montreal. These counts attempt to take a snapshot of bird populations year by year by decade within 20 miles or so of various points around North America. Our assigned route produced 26 species of birds (of which we saw 22) plus a couple of “off route” extras which included this terrific Snowy Owl.

Our personal list for the day comprised American Crows, American Goldfinches, House Sparrows (Europe – come oevr here, they are doing quite well in this area), Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, Black-caped Chickadees, Mourning Doves, Rock Pigeons, Dark-eyed Juncos, Downy, Hairy and pileated Woodpeckers, European Starlings, White and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Bohemian Waxwings, Common Redpolls, Snow Buntings, Evening Grosbeaks, Snowy owl, Rough Legged Hawks, and finally a Raven.