Migration Update- May 2, 2009

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Frontenac Provincial Park

Just a quick note for today. We’ve been quite busy of late getting ready for the upcoming Frontenac Breeding Birds program. I ended up hiking a little over twenty kilometres for various treks between Thursday and Saturday, which I am pleased to say was a very enjoyable and productive endeavour. The high winds of recent days were a help in keeping some of the voracious Black Flies at bay! The image included above is from one of the most scenic vantage points encountered during these travels. Results from Saturday’s migration census are posted below. Migration has slowed in the past week due to some cooler weather with less favourable winds but the total of 41 species counted yesterday was a respectable tally. The highlight of the census was finding a singing male Golden-winged Warbler at the very end of the count. Warm temps and south winds are forecast for the overnight and into tomorrow, which should provide some great birding in the area! The next spring migration census along Canoe Lake Road is scheduled for bright and early tomorrow morning.

Results (first of season species in bold)

Hooded Merganser 2
Common Loon 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Herring Gull 1
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 4
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 9
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Robin 5
European Starling 3
Golden-winged Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Ovenbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 7
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Rusty Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 11
Baltimore Oriole 2
Pine Siskin 4
American Goldfinch 7

Spring species total=70
Average # individuals/census=141
Average # species/census=31

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