“Quick-three-beers” at Geraldton: June 13, 2022

The flies are ever present this year in Northern Ontario and flycatchers take advantage.

On each survey, we get many Alder and Least Flycatchers with an occasional Eastern Pewee singing from the tree tops.

One less common flycatcher is the Olive-sided Flycatcher. Their favorite habitat is lonely northern bogs with tall dead tamaracks. We heard one this morning on the Geraldton survey singing its “quick-three-beers” song. My grandmother rendered this as “quick-three-cheers.”

Olive-sided flycatcher

If you take Yonge Street north from Toronto for 1200 kms, you reach the town of Geraldton.

Survey views:

Some botany:

White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
Pin Cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)
Mountain Maple (Acer spicata)
Tamarack (Larix laricina)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Mountain-ash (Sorbus americana)
Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
Prickly Rose (Rosa acicularis)
Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamea)
Willow (Salix)
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)


Miles, I’m enjoying your posts from the bird survey.

I thought you might like this from BlogTO

Rare peregrine falcon chicks spotted living atop Toronto high rise and they’re adorable

Rare peregrine falcon chicks spotted living atop Toronto high-rise and they’re adorable (blogto.com)


Fair and green is the marsh in June;
Wide and warm in the sunny noon.
The flowering rushes fringe the pool
With slender shadows, dim and cool.   – Antoinette Alcott Bassett (b. 1857)

Miles Hearn

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