Monday, February 27, 2012

Ski Weekend at Lac Nomininque

February 24-26

We went on a cross-country ski trip to Lac Nominingue with our friends Rich and Lorna.  To break up the long drive, we stopped at the Renard Blanc ski trails just outside of Buckingham.  The big snowfall had not yet started, so, after inspecting the trails, we decided to snowshoe instead.

We had only gone  short distance when an extremely friendly Ruffed Grouse showed up looking to be fed.  He would follow us right behind, even nipping at the back of the snowshoes.  But he had his limit, and would not go beyond a certain point.



video

Both coming and going, we saw flocks of Wild Turkeys.  When we arrived at Le Provincialart in Nominingue, our B&B, we were please to see bird feeders.  But the only customers were Black-capped Chickadees, American Tree Sparrows, a Hairy Woodpecker and a Blue Jay.


While skiing, we kept a close lookout for rare woodpeckers, but we only heard a Pileated drumming.  The big dump of snow made for outstanding ski conditions.

1 comment:

  1. I experienced the same thing on the Trans-Canada Trail in Bell's Corners and took videos and posted on my blog too http://100birdsinayear.blogspot.com/2011/11/grouse-encounter.html. It really threw me off to see it so friendly, especially since some people hunt for them, right? I guess someone's been out feeding them!

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