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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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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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The rare, the weird, and the quirky!

Bird migration monitoring at Cabot Head has a long and colorful history. Starting in 2002, we can dig into 17 years of data to explore and try to explain the phenomenon of bird migration in our little region of the

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A constant stream of new arrivals

The last six days (May 4 to 9) have brought Spring sharply into focus with a constant stream of new species arriving almost daily. Even though inclement weather (heavy rain or strong winds) precluded banding in three of these days,

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Season of extremes!

The last ten days or so have been a study in contrast, with wild swings in the weather and correlated bird movements. Spring is always a season of change; with extreme fluctuations, blowing hot one day and blowing cold the

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The station is up and running!

After an epic, non-stop snowstorm that lasted four days, the skies finally cleared. However, wheeled access to the Cabot Head Research Station remained blocked by thick snow that blanketed the lighthouse road. When it seemed more than likely that the

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