Breeding Bird Survey, Smooth Rock Falls, 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

Smooth Rock Falls is approximately one hour west of Cochrane.

Here is the complete list of birds we found on June 15, 2018. I have added photos that I took during the survey of Yellow-rumped Warbler and Canada Jay in addition to some of the plants which we encountered.

Start Time 4:48 am   End Time: 9:32 am

Start Temperature: 3 degrees   End Temperature  18 degrees

Sky at the start


1 Sandhill Crane

6 Wilson’s Snipe

1 Common Loon

Shining Clubmoss

1 Northern Flicker

7 Alder Flycatcher

4 Least Flycatcher

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

4 Blue-headed Vireo

24 Red-eyed Vireo

5 Canada Jay

Canada Jay

Canada Jay

7 American Crow

11 Common Raven

1 Black-capped Chickadee

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

10 Red-breasted Nuthatch

3 Winter Wren

16 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)

31 Swainson’s Thrush

10 Hermit Thrush

19 American Robin

4 Cedar Waxwing

1 Purple Finch

3 Chipping Sparrow

Reindeer Lichen

1 Song Sparrow

1 Lincoln Sparrow

4 Swamp Sparrow

Wood Horsetail

25 White-throated Sparrow

2 Common Grackle

9 Ovenbird

1 Northern Waterthrush

Labrador Tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum)

2 Black and White Warbler

30 Tennessee Warbler

4 Nashville Warbler

1 Mourning Warbler

Cotton-grass (Eriophorum)

1 Common Yellowthroat

2 American Redstart

13 Magnolia Warbler

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

3 Bay-breasted Warbler

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler

1 Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

2 Cape May Warbler

1 Northern Parula Warbler

Miles Hearn

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