65 Bird Species on Manitoulin Island: June 8, 2022

In most Northern Ontario Breeding Bird Surveys, we average about 40 – 45 species. Manitoulin Island has a mixture of more southern birds:

Northern Cardinal (male)
Gray Catbird
Baltimore Oriole (male)

and more northern species:

Black and White Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler

The variety of fields, woods and shoreline also helped us to reach a total of 65 species on this morning’s Gore Bay survey.

Manitoulin views:

Osprey tower

Some birds:

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Sandhill Crane
Raven being harassed by Red-winged Blackbird
Common Mergansers
Bald Eagle

Stop 38 was amazing with: Bald Eagle, Caspian Tern, Ring-billed Gull, Osprey, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, Common Merganser, Common Loon, House Wren, American Robin, Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Chipping Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler and Chestnut-sided Warbler. (18 species)

Some botany:

Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea)
Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum)
Prairie-smoke (Geum triflorum)


I came across this fabulous article from The Spruce: all the names applied to the different birds when they are in flocks – it is such a collection of wonderful nouns!

Popular Names for Flocks of Birds and How They Fly Together (thespruce.com)


Sing me a song of idle days,
When Spring is queen over woods and ways!   – Francis W. Bourdillon (1852–1921)

Miles Hearn

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