For one reason or another today was out first visit to one of the best wildlife watching sites around Montreal – the Parc nature d l’Ile Bizard but today we made it.

There has been an inordinate amount of rain this summer so far and we have never seen the levels of water in the marsh are so high … so high in fact that some Tree Swallow nest boxes that sit out in the marsh on stilts were partly submerged.  Quite probably the high water levels have led to the noticeably low number of birds – very few insectivores and almost no ducks.  Nevertheless, we enjoyed Belted Kingfisher, Red-shouldered Hawk, Virginia Rail (on her nest, no less) and American and Least Bitterns, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, huge numbers of Red-eyed Vireos and so on and so forth.

The place was also littered with bird photographers and huge lenses on tripods – I had wisely decided to leave mine at home today so I could feel superior and just enjoy the wildlife and the scenery.  This really is a great park and I’d recommend it to anyone, actually I often do so.

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