Breeding Bird Survey, Wolf Lake 2, 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 Wolf Lake 2 Survey begins near Dorion which is about 75 kilometers east of Thunder Bay.

The red soiled road of this survey is very remote and we have never encountered another vehicle.

my car

Here are some photos of the terrain.


Here is the complete list of birds we found on June 18, 2018. I have added a photo that I took during the survey of Cedar Waxwings in addition to some of the plants and other sights which we encountered.

Start Time 5:21 am   End Time: 10:19 am

Start Temperature: 13 degrees   End Temperature  18 degrees

Sky at start


4 Canada Goose

1 Downy Woodpecker

Red-osier (Cornus sericea)

1 Hairy Woodpecker

1 Pileated Woodpecker

1 Alder Flycatcher

2 Philadelphia Vireo

30 Red-eyed Vireo

2 Blue Jay

6 American Crow

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

3 Common Raven

5 Red-breasted Nuthatch

Siberian Pea (Caragana arborescens)

3 Winter Wren

2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Yellow Violet (Viola pubescens)

15 Swainson’s Thrush

3 Hermit Thrush

4 American Robin

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

13 Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwings


1 Purple Finch

12 Pine Siskin

Moose track

4 Chipping Sparrow

2 Savannah Sparrow

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

1 Song Sparrow

14 White-throated Sparrow

Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)

19 Ovenbird

1 Northern Waterthrush

Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis)

2 Black and White Warbler

7 Nashville Warbler

Serviceberry (Amelanchier)

8 Mourning Warbler

4 American Redstart

Bear scat

9 Magnolia Warbler

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler

1 Cape May Warbler

1 Northern Parula Warbler

Mountain Maple (Acer spicata)

9 Magnolia Warbler

2 Blackburnian Warbler

14 Chestnut-sided Warbler

Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflora)

2 Black-throated Green Warbler

2 Canada Warbler

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Breeding Bird Survey, Wolf Lake 2, June 2018

  1. Charles Bruce-Thompson

    $115 for a face cord is pretty reasonable – compared to what I pay in TO anyway
    Woderfull pics, as always.Thanks


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