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Hints of change.

In the North wind and colder nights, in the reddening of leaves and shortening of days, in the first honking skeins of southbound geese, changes are under way. We’re slowly transitioning from care-free summer to dutiful autumn, as any school

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Where have all the birds gone?

And so, it continues to be slow, in the sky, in the trees, and in the nets. There are certainly multiple reasons for such paucity but I do not want dare advance explanations which would be no more than barely

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A slow movement of feathers

It has been now ten days of monitoring. We’ve been settling into a routine of waking up before dawn, admiring the slow rise of the sun over Georgian Bay, listening to the sounds of birds, trees, and water. Summer is

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A new season begins

It is mid-August, leaving the dog days of summer behind and slowly-but-surely returning to cooler temperatures, longer nights, and migrating birds. It is also when monitoring starts again at the Cabot Head Research Station, with all 15 nets set up

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End of season

Fittingly, on this last day of the spring migration monitoring, June 10th, it is pouring rain! It has been a wet spring for sure: there were 16 days (including today) with precipitation in the 57 days of monitoring, or 28%

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Happy, happy, happy!

On May 29th, 2019, history was made at the Cabot Head Research Station when we banded our first ever Eastern Bluebirds! Yes, bluebirds, plural. We captured one adult male and one adult female in the same net at the same

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Sad, sad, sad!

For the first Spring in all my 14 Springs here at Cabot Head, I am sad, very sad: I will not see a Golden Eagle this Spring. I know that it is not quite the end of season, with 10

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Rare visitors at Cabot Head!

This past week, we were delighted to host two very rare visitors. Their visit was brief but enjoyed by everyone at Cabot Head. Often, these guests are shy and not very prone to showing off, making the encounter particularly fortuitous. 

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A Spring of many storms!

As we’re probably all grumbling about to one degree or another, the Spring of 2019 is cold, wet, and, to put it mildly, unstable! No prolonged periods of fair weather for us or the birds so far this year! The

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Watch out: it’s a fall-out!! (of the bird kind)

After a long wait, the weather finally improved on May 4 for a few days, and the birds, they were a-coming! As the cliche goes, the dam has broken and birds were taking advantage of the good conditions to flood

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