October 29th

A cloudy overcast day with steady winds from the northeast brought in some great birds on the 29th. Waterbird wise it was quite average with

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Not what I’d hoped for

After weeks of unseasonable weather with rain threats and warm temps all night long the pattern broke late last week as north winds and cool

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Mute Swans

Mute Swans have increased in the past week or so in the Straits. On the 19th I had a flock of 9 go by McGulpin

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Moonshine

Over the 20 years I have been banding saw whet owls there has been an ongoing discussion as to whether moon shine hinders or helps

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Shortly after I first started the count I noticed a banded Canada Goose that was hanging around Grahm Point in St. Ignace. It would frequently

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Rain rain go away

I think I have discovered a new ecotome: the boreal rain forest. After what seemed like endless days of rain or threats of rain we

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Common Loons

Common Loon movements have intensified in recent days. Yesterday had the count’s daily high of 140 from McGulpin Point with a steady stream throughout the

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Recent Movements

The past several days have been foggy and the winds have usually not been in the birds favor, yet some have been able to power

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2021

(K)night’s Tale

Last night we captured a HY male saw whet with a small stick protruding from its breast. Rather like a medieval Knight who lost a

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First Long Eared Owl

On Thursday night we captured our first Long Eared Owl of the season. It was actually our first bird of the night and thankfully our

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Avian Botulism

A few weeks after the count at McGulpin Point I walked the beach of Trails End Bay and found a dead Double-crested Cormorant washed up

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