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    1. Very exciting spring birding occurrence – a summary article from BPBO for the Tobermory Press (deadline May 22) would be interesting as a lot of local people may not know what a ‘fall out’ is. Noreen

    2. Thank you for sharing this information. Our feeders are also seeing the migration and it is thrilling. Our humming birds, bluebirds, Orioles and indigo bunting are also here. Such a wonderful season for birding.

    3. Wow! Amazing story. Enjoyed reading it. You certainly had an e citing few days. Great for the volunteers as well.

    4. Saw several Greater Yellowlegs about 2 weeks ago in the Flats along the Dyer’s Bay Rd.. possibly the same ones you heard up at Cabot Head???

    5. Thank you for your commitment to bird migration reasearch. You blogs are interesting. Keep up your good work. It’s nice to know there are people like you and this organization supporting bird studies.

    6. I love reading about your captures and observations about the various birds. Would love it if you were able to add photos of the species you are writing about.

    7. Hi Stephane
      I would like to visit the observatory for a day of birding and watch some banding. Is that possible? If so is there a cost, and where exactly do I find you?

      Thank You

    8. At The Ark, we have a cherry tree right by the back door. On May 26, as we sat out for breakfast beside the tree, we watched 2 Cape May warblers also enjoying a blossom breakfast. That evening we listened to a whip-poor-will late into the night. It started again at 5 am! A red-headed woodpecker stopped here for a 2 day respite and enjoyed the peanut feeder. We too had a snowy owl still up the road from us into mid-May. And we heard a sandhill crane back in our bush for a few days earlier in the month. They fly over but have never stopped.

    9. We, at The Ark Farm by the lake at Lorne Beach, have noted orchard orioles at our feeders this spring. We may have one nesting pair and we do have one Baltimore pair. I watched the latter pair build their basket nest high in the poplar trees beside our house. We also have at least 3 nesting pairs of bluebirds this year. This morning we watched a tree swallow dive-bombing a female wood duck who had settled on the swallow’s nesting box. The duck got the message and flew away. We really enjoy your blog, Stephane.

    10. Fantastic, fascinating and a little bizarre, awesome news update as usual, thanks!

    11. Snowy owls, wow!! Love the idea of one just lazily flying over Georgian Bay, despite the vast open water!

    12. Wow, it sounds like an exciting challenging start to the season! Some great birds by the sounds of it and I find myself am wishing I was there, immersed in it all, and with your fine company and fantastic flatbreads. Happy monitoring and may the warmth come soon. T

    13. Wow! Sounds like a snowy landscape indeed. We have had a harder and whiter winter than many previous years but at least now Spring has definitely sprung. May the weather gods be with you!

    14. Stephane,
      You captured exactly how I feel!

      Enjoyed your first blog and looking forward to more!


    15. Top work as always and well done for surviving the storms! Any bears or snakes this season?

    16. Awwww. Happy questing!! Just back from a little quest into the wilds of the Welsh mountains.

    17. What times dude! Hope you are keeping cosy and the coffee supplies are bountiful. Love hearing news of BPBO.

    18. I suppose with the cooling today, the number of insect eating birds heading south off the Bruce will increase?

    19. This is really fascinating and important work, and I look forward to hearing some results one day.

    20. Extreme care is always used when banding a bird, regardless of the markers. The nanotag project has been approved by Animal Care Committee and the Bird Banding Office issued the permit for it. The tag is 0.9g, less than 3% of the bird weight. The loops go over the thighs and the nanotag sits on top of the back.

    21. Stephane,

      It was a great pleasure for me to finally meet you at the BPBO Open House last September, when we at the OSFN, set that day as an outing for our club members to take in. It was a terrific experience, meeting you and your colleagues and volunteers with the BPBO, with the Eagle on display, and the Queen Snake doing a slide by, all before the rain resumed. The hospitality was warm and welcoming!

      I must say, however, that a real bonus is that I especially enjoy reading your entertaining and informative reports, and your superb writing is the icing on the cake! It is, for me, some of the best reading I get to enjoy all year! Bravo!
      Best regards,
      John Dickson,
      Owen Sound Field Naturalists,
      Past President and Programming

    22. saw 0ne most of early september last year in our old orchard….several times in red bay,ontario just south of you

    23. What a wonderful post!!! And here was I thinking that my sighting of 13 ravens flying over to the grain elevators in Owen Sound one morning this week was a lucky thing!!!

    24. Very interesting Stephane….thanks for the update. That was some storm yesterday, very wild with lots of trees damaged along the shore in Thornbury.

    25. As always Stephane, we enjoyed your post and all that have come before. We will miss them over the winter!

      Mary and Owen

    26. Receiving these blog posts in my inbox is just one of the many delightful benefits of being connected to and supporting BPBO. I live about 4 hours away from Cabot Head, but your reports make me feel as though I am right there with you, experiencing the excitement and wonder of migration. Thank you!

    27. The Kingfisher is truly a highlight.

      I echo Beth Anne’s remarks! I appreciate the comments on previous numbers etc. Your continuity there is also most valuable.

    28. Thanks, Stephane:. You make our world so rich – eyes that see, and hear, what many of us don’t! But dream of.

    29. The data for net hours is digitally recorded for all years at BPBO it merely needs to be compiled. The data is on the Cabot Head computer under the CMMN excel data file.



    30. This is the first time reading your blog. I have a cottage in Lion’s Head and have visited the station many years ago. I hope to come to the open house in September.
      My husband and I so enjoy birds (inherited form my Mom). They give us great joy.

    31. Wow! An exciting season so far. Welcome back! I am getting set for move to Cabot Head Lightstation, opening May 1.

    32. Well, a first few days like no others. Tremendous that you have such talented support with Marco and Rachel. Good for you to stick with it. Some great observations also. Mid April on the Bruce can be tremendously exciting for birds – as can any time!

      Well told Stephane!

    33. Wonderful Stephane! Great reading and exciting about all the birds! I have been waiting for my Brown Creeper to return here but haven’t seen him/her. Better look more closely!

    34. great of you to share your love of winter outdoors in a wonderful space – Cabot Head.

    35. You’ve described your experiences so well that I feel I was there! Thanks very much for telling us about winter at Cabot Head.

    36. Thanks for sharing all your news! Your writing is wonderfully descriptive,Stephane. I really enjoyed my time at Cabot Head, and admire and appreciate the work that you and the crew do there. Greetings to all!

    37. Hi We don’t know too much about birds just that we love having them here. The warblers seem to like our yard & in the warm days of the summer we put out our hose for them > We have a “fogging” nozzle that just lets out the softest spray & you would not believe the feathered friends that come to shower in it. Every year we are treated to a new Cardinal family raising their young. We are in town Tobermory at the corner of Brock St. & Nickolas St. Down from the Firehall & across from the United church. Lots of bush behind us for protection & we put seed out all year.

    38. Osprey standing on nest at Rankin River at old Oliphant Road April 12th, 2p.m.
      Tree swallows swooping over Owen Sound harbour April14th, 3p.m.

    39. Belted kingfisher active at Rankin River Red Bay Road April 9/ 2014 approx 4 p.m. as well as several diving ducks e.g. bufflehead

    40. Please, I would like to ask for permision to use a photo of the female Red-winged Blackbird. with a brood patch.
      It is for a non-profit book on histology of birds a team of University of La Plata, Argentina are currently writing for our students.
      Thank you very much!
      Norma González

    41. Thanks for the hard work to you and the volunteers!

      It was wonderful to see the Yellow Billed Cuckoo at the open House!

    42. Saw a night heron at water edge of entrance to Lions Head harbour. Common in this area?

    43. A iimmature Brant’s goose seen at the Wiarton public boat launch the last two days, Nov, 19 and 20 I hope it hangs around for a while.

    44. NIk,
      You certainly left your mark at CHRS. I am glad the experience was a good and positive one for you. For BPBO, it is substantial to have dependable and competent long term volunteers. It expands our horizons on what we can do, and ensures the high quality delivery of our programs. We have been fortunate to have excellent volunteers most of the time, but your contribution and experience is also one that left a very positive mark on us. Thank you for this,and best wishes.


    45. 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?

    46. WOW. The conditions and birds seem like a dance been fear and exhilaration. Wonderful finches – virtually all of theme in the end! Again great work and kudos to the team!


    47. We live in Tobermory. We are seeing bats flying at dusk for the first time this summer this week. So happy to see they are back. We saw one about 2 days ago crawl up into our bat box after coming down for a drink of water we think. So I hope that our bat box has a family group. Tonight we saw about 5 or 6 bats flying and about the same 2 days ago. So refreshing after seeing the bats out at 5pm in the winter and finding a dead bat on our driveway in early spring.

    48. We live in miller lake and for the first time in 43 years that we have owned property, we have lost our bats. We saw one in May when we returned from down south for about two weeks. After that we saw nothing and have seen no bats since then. we checked with others down the lake from us and they too report not having seen any bats this year.

      Do you know if there is something we can do to get them back?

    49. Ah, then there is the breeding season, already well underway, and before you can say “where did those birds go” the fall migration will begin with a trickle, the occasional spurt, a few rushes, and back to the trickle, then we will put Cabot head research station to sleep until the raw energy of tens of thousands of migrating birds grips us again next April.

      Great job at posting Andrew! I really enjoy these updates.

    50. Blue jay
      Scientific name: Cyanocitta cristata Average weight: 70 to 100 g Average height: 30 cm in length from the bill to the tail Average lifespan: 7 years

      The first of the season, a flurry of noisy blue jays (more than ten) stopped for two or three seconds on the tamarack by the shore just north of the Hopkins Point Alvar. Behaviour I would describe as twitchy. Like the sugar rush of a kid. It is a sunny refreshingly cool spring day.
      Environment Canada: Observed at: Tobermory 12:00 PM EDT Sunday 13 May 2012 Temperature:11.6°C Pressure / Tendency:102.4 kPa / rising Humidity:59% Dew Point:3.8°C Wind Speed:S 13 km/hForecast
      Issued: 11:00 AM EDT Sunday 13 May 2012
      Today:Mainly sunny. High 20. UV index 7 or high.

    51. The visible migration watches combined with crack birders = terrific observations. The raptor movements this year are impressive, as are the waterfowl. Keep up the great work and good blogging about it!

    52. Hi!

      Good work on the tufted titmouse and Swainson’s hawk! Very cool! I’m happy for you, Andrew, as well as the volunteers present. Two new species of bird for Cabot Head already and it’s not only May 15! Glad you guys got a Golden Eagle as well. Oh man! How I miss Cabot Head!

      But I’m having fun in Alberta too, seeing bison and elk, pelicans and Swainson’s hawks.


    53. We were in the Cabot Head area yesterday Apr. 28th and spotted what we thought was a Merlin on our way out. Have there been any sitings like this before. We did manage to get a photo. Thank you for any response.

    54. Great account Andrew! Keep up the good work. We now have a full slate of volunteers. Now we need to get some folks up for our birding weekend!


    55. A large number of bird species which pass through Cabot Head and the upper Bruce spend part of their non-breeding seasons in Nicaragua. This beautiful country also has the highest rate of deforestation in Central America, and its natural systems are under threat from wood removal, and some forms of agriculture. Please support the work we are doing in Nicaragua by welcoming Norlan to Canada and helping him feel at home.

    56. I appreciate the postings very much. I did not make it to BPBO this year but in case you could not tell, my spirit is always there. Enjoy the winter, Stefan and see you in the spring.

    57. Stéphane
      re bald eagle
      hopkins point a few days ago. 166 Baise Ave. Have digital picture.
      I share your enthusiasm. Those are mighty, fierce machines

      I agree, it would be most fun in early april:

      Operation Breeding Peninsular Eagle
      how much?
      will you allocate funds from fund raising or what?

      This is enough for me to consider to go south of Warner Bay Rd. to attend the banquet in November.
      Menwhile, Stephane, may you and your ilk enjoy your time on Cabot Head. My spirit is with you.

    58. Very cool! This species was recently added to schedule One of the Federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). This species has declined by as much as 80 percent over the last 20 years in Ontario and has experienced similar declines throughout its range.