Breeding Bird Survey, Cochrane, June 2018

Breeding Bird Surveys are run in the month of June each year. They are done on rural or logging roads with little or no traffic. The routes are 40 kilometers in length. We start 30 minutes before sunrise and listen and search for birds during a 3 minute time limit. We then drive 0.8 kilometers and repeat the process. This is done 50 times.

Cochrane is approximately 750 kilometers north of Toronto.

Here is the complete list of birds we found on June 14, 2018. I have added photos of some of the plants which we encountered.

Start Time 4:44 am   End Time: 9:37 am

Start Temperature: 9 degrees  End Temperature  8 degrees

Sky at start


1 Common Merganser

1 Spruce Grouse

Dog Violet (Viola labradorica)

4 Sandhill Crane

5 Wilson’s Snipe

Reindeer Lichen

3 Common Loon

2 American Bittern

White Birch (Betula Papyifera)

1 Belted Kingfisher

1 Northern Flicker

1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

8 Alder Flycatcher

Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)

4 Least Flycatcher

1 Philadelphia Vireo

Pale-laurel (Kalmia polifolia)

Pale-laurel (Kalmia polifolia)

14 Red-eyed Vireo

3 American Crow

5 Common Raven

1 Black-capped Chickadee

1 Red-breasted Nuthatch

3 Winter Wren

13 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

11 Swainson’s Thrush

Pink Lady-slipper (Cypripedium acaule)

Pink Lady-slipper (Cypripedium acaule)

6 Hermit Thrush

21 American Robin

Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

8 Chipping Sparrow

3 Lincoln’s Sparrow

Cotton-grass (Eriophorum)

4 Swamp Sparrow

30 White-throated Sparrow

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

1 Common Grackle

2 Ovenbird

Tamarack (Larix laricina)

15 Tennessee Warbler

8 Nashville Warbler

3 Mourning Warbler

Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)

6 Common Yellowthroat

3 American Redstart

Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

3 Magnolia Warbler

1 Bay-breasted Warbler

Star-flower (Trientalis borealis)

2 Cape May Warbler

1 Palm Warbler

Miles Hearn

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *