Breeding Bird Survey, Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, 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 survey begins about 30 kilometers from the western tip of Manitoulin Island and proceeds east.

Here is the complete list of birds we found on June 21, 2018. I have added some photos that I took during the survey of Turkey Vulture, Tree Swallow, Common Merganser, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Caspian Tern, Herring Gull and Northern Flicker. To see more Osprey photos from this day  and some information go to Friends of Miles / Osprey: Dr J Murray Speirs

Start Time: 5:10 am   End Time: 10:00 am

Start Temperature: 14 degrees  End Temperature  15 degrees

Sky near the start


2 Common Merganser

Common Mergansers

3 Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

60 Ring-billed Gull

1 Herring Gull

Herring Gull

1 Caspian Tern

Bald Eagle and Caspian Tern

Bald Eagle and Caspian Tern

3 Osprey








Osprey (male and female)


1 Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

1 Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

1 Eastern Wood-pewee

1 Alder Flycatcher

3 Eastern Phoebe

26 Red-eyed Vireo

2 Blue Jay

22 American Crow

6 Common Raven

2 Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

1 Barn Swallow

2 Black-capped Chickadee

3 House Wren

5 Swainson’s Thrush

9 American Robin

2 Brown Thrasher

sign by the road

12 Europeans Starling

2 Cedar Waxwing

1 American Goldfinch

6 Chipping Sparrow

8 Savannah Sparrow

1 Field Sparrow

16 Song Sparrow

1 White-throated Sparrow

10 Bobolink

1 Eastern Meadowlark

9 Red-winged Blackbird

3 Common Grackle

17 Ovenbird

3 Black and White Warbler

1 Nashville Warbler

7 Common Yellowthroat

4 American Redstart

4 Yellow Warbler

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler

2 Pine Warbler

3 Black-throated Green Warbler

3 Indigo Bunting

Miles Hearn


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