A boreal bird in Frontenac

Spruce/tamarack bog in Frontenac (click to zoom)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Seabrooke Leckie)

Lots of updates to share but no time or energy to write anything at length. However, I couldn’t resist sharing news from this morning of a territorial Yellow-belled Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris) , which sang constantly from a good size Black Spruce/Tamarack bog in Frontenac Provincial Park. The water surrounding the bog is quite deep and probably full of monsters so I didn’t venture into the bog itself – though I did seriously consider crafting some sort of crude watercraft for the short passage. This would be the first breeding record for the park and one of only a handful for the entire Kingston region. Yellow-bellied Flycatchers are a true northern breeder, preferring moist boreal forest and peatland for nesting. I’ll have to add this to our ever expanding to-do list for Frontenac Bird Studies!

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