Montreal bird watchers were treated to a rare spectacle at the city’s Technoparc


About two weeks ago, on a frosty Saturday morning, Joël Coutu was watching birds in Montreal with friends when they spotted something they had never seen before.

“We got closer and I knew immediately we were watching a rare bird,” he said.

Coutu is an avian behavior specialist, and working on a team of five, they identified the bird as a scissor-tailed flycatcher.

Usually found in the southern United States, Coutu said there were perhaps 20 recorded sightings in the province of Quebec and none previously in Montreal. But he was there, hovering in the Technoparc in the St-Laurent borough.

For years, bird watchers flocked to the stretch of green space between Highways 40 and 20 to practice their hobby, but when it became known that the scissor-tailed flycatcher was in the area: “At one point Given, there were a hundred cars parked there. and it wasn’t to watch planes, it was to watch him, ”Coutu said.

“He’s a very popular guy.”

Coutu told CBC Let’s go which he named the bird Edward Scissorhands. But it looks like Money-Handed Mr. is lost, as they normally live in areas like Texas and head south, Mexico, or Central America for the winter.

“Some birds will stray from the road,” Coutu said, and the bird may think it’s in the right place. “Unfortunately, this little flycatcher is going to have a hard time surviving for the next few weeks.”

Coutu said birds will travel with winds and prefer northerly winds when migrating. In spring, it is the other way around. But the mild weather, the rise of heavy storms and natural disasters, will have an impact on the birds.

“I think we will see more and more southern birds appearing in the southern states in the future,” he said.

The bird probably won’t survive the winter

As a bird watcher, Coutu said it was exciting to see a rare bird. In the morning, when it was cold and there were no insects, the flycatcher was not very active. But when it warmed up, bird watchers were treated to a spectacle as the bird began to show its feathers and search for food.

Coutu said the bird is unlikely to survive once the cold weather sets in and there are no more bugs to eat.

Saving the bird would take a lot of time, money and effort, Coutu said. And then there’s the matter of the bird’s shipment, he said.

Small birds like this are fragile, he said. The flycatcher would likely not survive capture and transport, he said. If it was an endangered animal, there could be more effort to save the bird, Coutu said.

It’s not uncommon for birds to get lost, he says.

“Lost birds are happening all over North America,” he said. “It’s something that happens all the time.”


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