In most Northern Ontario Breeding Bird Surveys, we average about 40 – 45 species. Manitoulin Island has a mixture of more southern birds:
and more northern species:
The variety of fields, woods and shoreline also helped us to reach a total of 65 species on this morning’s Gore Bay survey.
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)
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!
Sing me a song of idle days,
When Spring is queen over woods and ways! – Francis W. Bourdillon (1852–1921)