After a day spent in garden centres yesterday (always a good way to spend a day if not birding) and, as always, spending way too much money on desirable plants we took ourselves off very early this morning to Ile Bizard, generally reckoned to be the best birding site in the Montreal area. Not everything was a bird and not every bird was photographed but as we also like squirrels here’s a North American Red Squirrel doing ‘cute” …

Anyway – it was a very good few hours birding – here are some fo the highlights – the ones you won’t see, such as the American Bittern, you will just have to imagine …

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow at rest (for a moment)

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow family

Great Blue Heron with nesting material

A Turtle – not a bird

Common Moorhen – ‘look at my fine green legs”

Green Heron

Hooded Merganser flying too fast to focus on

With all that white on its rump and the very long tail the first thouught is that it has to be a Northern Harrier but, not sure ….. watch this space for definitive ID as soon as possible. Damned hard these guys.

American Goldfinch

Yellow Warbler
– there should also have been a picture of a Black & White Warbler who spent ages calling and calling from somewhere very close but we never did a view of him

Baltimore Oriole

And finally a Gray Catbird