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Addendum – A note on long-distance migrants.

On this Friday afternoon, May 3rd, the sun has finally returned after more days of rain and grey clouds. Alas, the Black-throated Green Warbler and other long-distance migrants have not yet appeared at Cabot Head. It has been a very

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What’s the weather like?

Bird migration is a highly dynamic natural system heavily influenced by the weather, at the local, regional, and continental scale. Birds do not migrate when it’s raining. They also tend to avoid headwind conditions. In short, weather conditions that are

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It’s cold! It’s wet! It’s windy! It’s April at Cabot Head!

And so, it is time to open the research station and start a new season of migration monitoring. This year, we were lucky enough to be able to drive as far as the gate, leaving only a short 20-min walk

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A gathering of feathered minds!

Spring migration monitoring is almost upon us! In less than two weeks, hardy souls will brave the chilly winds of Georgian Bay to set up the research station at Cabot Head once again. It will be the 18th year of

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Another season comes to an end.

It is now November; the month of grey skies, rain and cold, and woods that feel empty. Sometimes, though, the sun shines through golden tamaracks, Pine Grosbeaks call softly, and – at that moment – the world seems perfect. The

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The end is nigh! The end of the migration season, that is!

We are now only a few days away from closing the nets, taking them down, and storing them for the winter. Another season is coming to an end. It is not just the Gregorian calendar telling it so, but the

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The boom and bust of migration!

Wind is still a major force in our lives here at Cabot Head: in the last six days (as of this writing on October 17), it has prevented banding for three days, and forced us to close nets two hours

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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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