It’s been a very busy couple of weeks, both at work (isn’t it always so) and on the web-birding front as the final edition of the new Bird Protection Quebec has at last been rolled out to an adoring public and I have also posted, but not publicised, the new version of the Sparroworks website.

More exciting though was a visit this morning to the garden of a Pileated Woodpecker which was knocking seven bells out of the Catalpa tree … doubtless the tree is not healthy then. For those from Europe who might not be familiar with this species you should know that it not the user-friendly size of the woodpeckers you know (or of most of the other woodpeckers we have here either) – this fellow is the size of a small dog.

Later in the day a walk beside the river near home produced Ring-billed and Black-backed Gulls, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead and of course Mallards as well as DC Cormorant and the usual Crows, Blue Jays, Starlings and other riff-raff.