Breeding Bird Survey, Crooked Creek, 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.

The Crooked Creek is about one hour east of Toronto.

Here is the complete list of birds we found on June 12, 2018. I have added some photos that I have taken of some of the species at other times and a photo of the sky at commencement of the survey.

Start Time: 5:02 am   End Time: 9:46 am

Start Temperature: 8 degrees  End Temperature  15 degrees


1 Canada Goose

2 Turkey Vulture

1 Wild Turkey

19 Mourning Dove

7 Killdeer



1 Wilson’s Snipe

153 Ring-billed Gull

1 Belted Kingfisher

2 Red-bellied Woodpecker

1 Downy Woodpecker

2 Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker (female)

1 Eastern Wood-pewee

3 Eastern Phoebe

3 Great-crested Flycatcher

1 Willow Flycatcher

3 Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

12 Red-eyed Vireo

4 Blue Jay

67 American Crow

1 Tree Swallow

Tree Swallows

1 Barn Swallow

4 Black-capped Chickadee

11 House Wren

4 Veery

3 Wood Thrush

58 American Robin

Robin chick and parent

6 Gray Catbird

5 Brown Thrasher

43 Europeans Starling

3 Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

8 American Goldfinch

6 Chipping Sparrow

3 Savannah Sparrow

31 Song Sparrow

1 Vesper Sparrow

3 Bobolink

7 Eastern Meadowlark

2 Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Orioles (male)

49 Red-winged Blackbird

4 Brown-headed Cowbird

15 Common Grackle

2 Ovenbird

1 Mourning Dove

13 Common Yellowthroat

1 American Redstart

2 Yellow Warbler

Yellow warbler

2 Scarlet Tanager

9 Northern Cardinal

3 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

9 Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting (male)

Miles Hearn


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