Monday, February 28, 2011

Birds galore!

Since yesterday's weather proved to be much nicer than what was originally predicted, I went to the Montreal Botanical Gardens. At one of the feeders I saw a bird that I thought was a Pine Grosbeak until I got home and looked at the pictures on the computer (next time I should bring my binoculars!). It was a "first year" male White-winged Crossbill. This is a bird I have been hoping to see for years. I knew it had been sighted in the Gardens but I had never been lucky enough to see one until now! Its pink and yellow plumage (very exotic looking to me) will change to a deep pink.

I also saw House Finches, Redpolls, Juncos, Chickadees, Nuthatches and a Cardinal. It was a great day!

White-winged Crossbill

House Finches (male and female)



  1. That's quite the beak n the Crossbill. What I want to see now are robins!!!!

  2. Actually there have been robins on Mount Royal all winter! I'm looking forward to the Red-winged Blackbirds. They could be back in March. I love to hear their bubbly song.

  3. Oh my, that cardinal is a beauty.

  4. Lovely pictures, especially the first one! How exciting to see a new bird! Flighty xx