First Day of Spring at Cap-Rouge, Québec

March 21 by the mighty St. Lawrence River looked more like February 21 in Toronto. There is still abundant snow on the ground and only the centre of the river is not laden with ice.

I came here this morning as many interesting birds are being reported.

Greater Black-capped Gull, Bald Eagle, Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin, White-winged Crossbill and Pine Grosbeak were all reported yesterday.

I wasn’t the only birder:

However, the birding gods were not with me. Here is what I was able to photograph:

Canada Geese
Canada Goose
Common Redpolls
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
American Robin
Canada Geese

Cap-Rouge, just west of Quebec City, is described in French as “lieu de villégiature” or “a place for a holiday.”


Demain, dès l’aube, à l’heure où blanchit la campagne,
Je partirai. Vois-tu, je sais que tu m’attends.
J’irai par la forêt, j’irai par la montagne.
Je ne puis demeurer loin de toi plus longtemps.
– Victor Hugo

Tomorrow, at Dawn

Tomorrow, at dawn, at the hour when the countryside whitens,
I will depart. You see, I know you wait for me.
I will go through the forest and over the mountains.
I cannot stay far from you any longer. (translation)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “First Day of Spring at Cap-Rouge, Québec

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Always interesting to see scenes of Quebec, especially the mighty St. Lawrence! ( I’ve only been as far east as Montreal, and that was a very long time ago.)

  2. Susan

    What a beautiful place this is – thank you for showing it to us. I have been in the area frequently over the years but never stopped in Cap Rouge. Must do!

  3. Gloria James

    When my husband was attending Waterloo University he accepted a job placement in Quebec City that started in April. He packed summer clothes along with his golf clubs for the summer and was really surprised by the amount of snow that had yet to melt!


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