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Unusual birds banded!

Here’s a young female Belted Kingfisher! In the last 14 years, we have banded only 11 of them, always in the fall.   On September 4, we caught a young Black-billed Cuckoo. It is only the fourth fall season when

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A trickling of migrants

It has now been three weeks since fall migration monitoring at the Cabot Head Research Station began, but it still feels like summer, both in terms of temperatures and birdlife. Suffice it to say, evidence of migration has been sparse

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A deafening silence

There are silences louder than others. At Cabot Head, after so many years, I have grown accustomed to a certain soundscape. There are voices now familiar and that I expect to hear at certain times of day and year. The

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Expect the unexpected!

That could be the official motto of the Cabot Head Research Station. Even after 15 years – and counting – of bird migration monitoring, there are still surprises to keep us awestruck. That was definitively the case on the quiet

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It started with a whisper!

Our first day of monitoring, August 16, didn’t see much action, as heavy rains fell all morning and well into the afternoon. No banding and barely any observations were done that day. The sky cleared after that much needed rain

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Fall migration is about to begin!

I have happily returned to the Cabot Head Research Station for a new season. As much as some of you might not like to hear the term “fall” in mid-August, we are gearing up to monitor the fall migration, when

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Stephane’s blog for June 10

End of season! The nets were furled one last time during the Spring 2016 season on Friday, June 10th, at 11:00am precisely. In fact, not only were they furled, we also took them down and stored them away for the

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Stephane’s blog for June 2

Summer arrived without warning!   We left you in the midst of a big push by migrants, flocking through Cabot Head and into our nets. It feels like a long time ago now given that Summer decided to arrive early

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Stephane’s blog for May 25

Birdathon and more!   It was a calm, cool, clear, and very early morning on Saturday the 21st when the BPBO President’s Choice team started our birdathon. We had – technically – 24 hours to tally as many bird species

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Stephane’s blog for May 19

Peak warbler!   It was, in the end, a stretch of three days with no banding, from May 13 to 15, with rain, strong wind, and even some snowflakes. Also as a consequence of the weather, there was very little

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