Birds at CHRS (click here)

The following photographs are all of birds at the Cabot Head Research Station (CHRS), operated by the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory (BPBO).  They are arranged ALPHABETICALLY, by their FULL NAME / ID CODE.  (Except for one! …. Can you find it?)


AMRE _ American Redstart (after second year male)
AMWO _ American Woodcock
BAWW _ Black-and_White Warbler (fat & cloacal protuberance check = male)
BBCU _ Black-billed Cuckoo
BBCU _ Black-billed Cuckoo
BBWA _ Bay-breasted Warbler (male)
BCCH _ Black-capped Chickadee (partial albino)
BEKI _ Belted Kingfisher (female)
BLPW _ Blackpoll Warbler (female)
BLWA _ Blackburnian Warbler (male)
CAGO _ Canada Goose (nests annually on Gargantua ship wreck at CHRS)
CAWA _ Canada Warbler (male)
CCSP _ Clay-colored Sparrow (in basic plumage)
Collared Aracari (Stephane in Central America)
CORE _ Common Redpoll (male)
EATO _ Eastern Towhee (male) red-eyed form
FOSP _ Fox Sparrow
GWWA _ Golden-winged Warbler (male)
INBU _ Indigo Bunting (male)
LASP _ Lark Sparrow
MERL _ Merlin
MERL _ Merlin
NOCA _ Northern Cardinal (male)
NOPA _ Northern Parula Warbler (female)
NOPA _ Northern Parula Warbler (female)
NSHR _ Northern Shrike
NSHR _ Northern Shrike
NSWO _ kids & Northern Saw-whet Owl
NSWO _ kids & Northern Saw-whet Owl
NSWO _ Northern Saw-whet Owls
NSWO _ Northern Saw-whet Owl
OSFL _ Olive-sided Flycatcher (hatch year)
OSFL _ Olive-sided Flycatcher (hatch year)
PIGR _ Pine Grosbeak (female)
PIGR _ Pine Grosbeak (male - Taiga race)
PIWO _ Pileated Woodpecker (female)
PIWO _ Pileated Woodpecker (female)
PIWO _ Pileated Woodpecker (female)
PIWO _ Pileated Woodpecker (male)
RBGR _ Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)
RBGR _ Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)
RBGR _ Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male) Ouch!!
REVI _ Red-eyed Vireo (eye colour = adult)
RHWO _ Red-headed Woodpecker
RWBB _Red-winged Blackbird (plumage = hatch year male)
RWBB _Red-winged Blackbird (plumage = hatch year male)
SNBU _ Snow BUnting (plumage = first winter female)
SSHA _ Sharp-shinned Hawk (adult)
SSHA _ Sharp-shinned Hawk (adult)
WBNU _ White-breasted Nuthatch (female)
WCSP _ White-crowned Sparrow (left = EWCS _ Eastern race, right = GWCS _ Gamble's race)
WEWA _ Worm-eating Warbler (and very happy bander!)
WITU _ Wild Turkey "tom" (about to attack his own reflection in a Grebe Lodge window)
WPWI _ Whip-Poor-Will
WWCR _ White-winged Crossbill (female)
WWCR _ White-winged Crossbill (female)
YBCU - Yellow-billed Cuckoo
YBCU - Yellow-billed Cuckoo
YBCU - Yellow-billed Cuckoo
YSFL _ Yellow-shafted Flicker (part of Northern Flicker complex)

4 Comments on “Birds at CHRS (click here)

  1. Are the birds pictured here permanent residents of the bird observatory (i.e., captive birds)? I am curious because they all have names.

    • Some are permanent residents and others are migratory (leaving during the winter months). These birds would have been caught in the mist nets, banded, measured and then released back into the wild as part of our migration monitoring program. The letters are the beginning of the caption is the scientific code given to each bird for identification.

  2. Lovely bird pictures. I have to wonder if the Pileated Woodpecker in my area is causing extensive damage to the trees or is it something else?

    • Jane;

      Pileated Woodpeckers get a “bad rap” for killing trees. They do not, in fact kill them. Pileateds feed on wood ants, which are found in decaying wood. You may have seen the woodpecker tilt its head to listen for the ants moving inside, and then begin hammering away. A burrowing Pileated Woodpecker means that there is already something wrong with the tree, even if we humans can’t see it yet.

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