I was disappointed to not be able to go to PAS this year, mostly because I am privileged to have a circle of former trainees, colleagues and friends from around the world who are all involved in trying to improve care for newborn infants. I love meeting up with you all every year, and after the pause caused by COVID it would have been great to see so many of you. Still someone has to look after the babies. I decided to give myself a reward and go on a birdwatching trip on Monday, travelling to Baie du Febvre, on the St Laurence about half way between Montreal and Quebec. It is one of the staging spots for the Snow Geese on their return from the south as they head to colder climes. In addition to about 10,000 Snow Geese I was pleased to run across this fella
He seemed to want to pose for his portrait, so I got my first ever shots of a Snowy Owl. Then he decided to fly off just as my memory card was getting full.
In addition there were a few purple martins, who come back earlier every year with climate change, and many tree swallows, like this one, who are building nests as they prepare for egg-laying
Other recent firsts for me were a Barred Owl at the Montreal Botanical Gardens
And Sandhill Cranes singing to each other (not very musically)
They stand about 1.5 m tall when they stretch their heads up like that, towards the other end of the scale is this Brown Creeper, about 12 cm from tip of beak to end of tail
Maybe next year after PAS I can post some selfies with my buddies!