Yearly Archives: 2018

Windstorms! Again!

It was a black and stormy… well, week! Windstorms have pounded the Bruce Peninsula for several days over the last week, impeding migration and banding alike. From October 4 to 11, there were four days with winds too strong to

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Fall is here!

No doubt remains possible, there can be no more lingering thoughts of Summer, and no more daily dips in Wingfield Basin: Autumn has arrived and is now here to stay! A fire has been lit in the wood stove of

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Windstorms!

The defining characteristic of the last week has been the very unsettled weather. The Fall Equinox, September 21, was marked by an intense windstorm. Very strong winds from the South, at first, later shifting to West and increasing, blew all

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Fall is in the air…

This morning, September 19, the North wind blew across a deep blue sky, empty of clouds. There was a chill in the air, hinting of what is to come. Many skeins of Canada Geese were traversing the horizons en route

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Migration update

In the first ten days of September, warblers have continued to move through on their way to their wintering grounds. Diversity has been high, notably on September 2, when 11 warbler species were detected. There was certainly a good movement

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Saying goodbye to the wood warblers!

Inexorably, the days are getting shorter, the nights cooler, the sky emptier. Little by little, we are saying goodbye to the forest gems who enliven our woods with their songs and brilliant plumage. Migration of the wood warblers is now

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Expect the unexpected!

As I wrote these lines, on the afternoon of August 21st, a heavy rain falls relentlessly on the grateful Earth. The rain has started mid-morning, forcing me to hurriedly close the nets, after the slowest morning of the season so

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A new season has begun!

It is Summer, with sweltering heat and stifling humidity, but for many birds, it is already time to migrate South. That said, the “fall migration monitoring” has started at Cabot Head, with nets open for the first time at 6am

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Spring Season is drawing to a Close.

June 9, 2018 The Spring season is drawing to a close. Less than two months ago, the world was largely black and white. Now, it is a study in green with singing birds busy establishing territories, building nests, and laying

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A tale of two Springs

The Spring season is one of change and transition. That’s why I tend to think of Spring as being divided into two Springs, before and after the Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s arrival. Before the return of these little jewels, for me, it

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