We went to Cap Tourmente for a Nelson’s Sparrow and, of course, didn’t see or hear one. But it was still lovely birding and we have to come back again when we have more time!
The tower they have is perfect for an amazing panorama shot of the mountains and the marsh.
Cap Tourmente National Park information found here.
On Orleans Island, 15 minutes east of Quebec City, there is a lovely walking trail from Espace Felix Leclerc down towards the river.
It commemorates the life of songwriter, poet and playwright Felix Leclerc.
The trail may not be for everyone because there are some steeper parts.
You begin in a field, basically, where they are starting an arboretum. After this sunny stretch you reach the shade of the escarpment. The path here is steep taking you down to another plateau. This plateau is partly in sunny field and then enters the old growth forest. Many trees are marked to help you learn more about the local flora. There is still another terrace down before you get to the St Lawrence but the path ends before that. You can continue, but, the paths quickly ends in swamp.
So after our first fail because of the ice storm we finally got here. This section of the Bruce Trail is from the Battlefield Monument side trail to Devil’s Punchbowl.
The stones look like they are painted. More information about the rock formation and history of the falls can be found here.
The root systems of the many trees along the creek were incredible.
Even thought its cold out there are still some lovely hikes around Binbrook area. We went again to our favorite spot in behind Southbrook Drive. The amount of footprints, both person, and dog, indicate that many other people enjoy this trail too.
Wild grape vine
The ice crystals in the creek were gorgeous. So incredible the shapes that they make!
Ice formations in the creek
There was also some lovely lichen on the tree branches.
Apothecia – commonly disc or saucer shaped fruiting bodies of some lichen
We’ve found some lovely hikes around Binbrook. In behind Southbrook Drive you almost feel like you’re in the bush, instead of 5 minutes from a subdivision.
The bushes are full of chickadees and cardinals, a bird we never got up north.
We found half of an abandoned boat nestled in the grass at the bottom of a hill. It seems like a crazy spot, but we’ve heard this area gets some intense flooding.
The creek here is definitely overflowing its banks.
It was bitterly cold birding out at Burlington Bay canal today. Fortunately we had some lovely views of Long-tailed ducks.