Breeding Bird Survey Trip / Part 2 and a Look at a Canada Goose Flyover

8 out of 12 surveys are now complete and we are about an hour east of Thunder Bay. This morning’s survey was done in light rain and had to be aborted when we discovered that the road had been completely washed out. We drive through some large puddles but this was a river-like break in the road.

One of the highlights so far was a beautifully singing Olive-sided Flycatcher. This bird is notated as singing “Quick three beers!” over and over. My grandmother preferred “Quick three cheers!”

Here are some other northern sights by the road:

Blueberries about to flower
Blueberries about to flower
Blueberry leaves
Blueberries in flower
Blueberries in flower
Blueberries in flower
Blueberries in flower
Blueberries in flower
Blueberries in flower
Serviceberry in flower
Black Spruce
Jack Pine
Coralroot

This flying V of Canada Geese made quite a sight!

There is a white plant in the north which I always thought was a sort of dried-up moss.

It is in fact Gray reindeer Lichen as parts of it look like reindeer antlers:

Miles Hearn

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