Lincoln and Other Sparrows at Cochrane: June 15, 2022

This morning’s survey began at 4:44 am in fairly heavy rainfall. Fortunately the birds were singing and the rain quickly stopped.

One bird we found here, the Lincoln Sparrow is poorly documented because of its secretive nature and breeding habits solely in boreal regions.

Lincoln’s Sparrow

The Lincoln sparrow was named by Audubon after his friend Thomas Lincoln of Maine. Lincoln shot the bird on an expedition with Audubon to Nova Scotia in 1834, and Audubon named it in honor of his travel companion. (Wikipedia)

We also had White-throated, Savannah, Chipping and Song Sparrows on the survey.

Survey route scenes:

after logging

I took some time to explore the bush:

Woodpecker drilling in Jack Pine
Woodpecker drilling in Jack Pine

Some botany:

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifra)
Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
Low Sweet Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
Tamarack (Larix laricina)
Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens)
Reindeer Lichen
Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
Willow (Salix)
Low Sweet Blueberry and Reindeer Lichen
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)
dead Black Spruce with cones
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)


Rais’d are the dripping oars—
Silent the boat: the lake,
Lovely and soft as a dream,
Swims in the sheen of the moon.    – Matthew Arnold (1822–88)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Lincoln and Other Sparrows at Cochrane: June 15, 2022

  1. Diane Bayliss

    Thank you Miles. I’m in the UK but ‘wallow’ in your beautiful posts which Cathy Leask has been sharing with me. Apart from the beauty of the birds & the ducks I like the inclusion of the plants as well. Such rich countryside.


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