Cochrane Survey: Tuesday, June 21, 2016: a look at Cochrane

8 degrees and very windy at the start (4:44 AM). 11 degrees and still windy at the conclusion (8:51 AM).
Bird Highlight: Golden-crowned Kinglet
Photo: Ken Sproule

Photo: Ken Sproule

Botany Highlight: Sickle-leaved Golden Aster (Chrysopsis falcata)

Sickle-leaved Golden Aster (Chrysopsis falcata)

Sickle-leaved Golden Aster (Chrysopsis falcata)

Species list: common loon, American bittern, great blue heron, Wilson’s snipe, belted kingfisher, northern flicker, pileated woodpecker, yellow-bellied flycatcher, alder flycatcher, least flycatcher, blue-headed vireo, red-eyed vireo, blue jay, American crow, common raven, black-capped chickadee, Philadelphia vireo, blue jay, gray jay, American crow, common raven, boreal chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, winter wren, golden-crowned kinglet, ruby-crowned kinglet, veery, Swainson’s thrush, hermit thrush, American robin, ovenbird, northern waterthrush, Tennessee warbler, nashville warbler, mourning warbler, common yellowthroat, american redstart, magnolia warbler, chipping sparrow, savannah sparrow, lincoln’s sparrow, swamp sparrow, white-throated sparrow, dark-eyed junco, red-winged blackbird, common grackle.  (46 species)
Breeding Bird Surveys are run on predetermined routes of 40 kms in length. At the start, a timer is set for 3 minutes and a list of birds seen or heard during that time is dictated to an assistant who has a clipboard and a data form. We then drive 0,8 kms, stop and repeat the same procedure. Each survey consists of 50 stops.
Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

Black Spruce (Picea mariana)


Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)

Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)

Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)


Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)

Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)

A recent cut-over:



During a 4 day visit to Moose Factory near James Bay, a resident informed me that his parents had retired down south. Thinking of Florida, I asked him where they had gone to. His response: Cochrane.



Tomorrow, we leave at 4 AM to begin the Smooth Rock Falls survey at 4:48 AM

After that, we drive to Geraldton in north-western Ontario.

Miles Hearn

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