Monday, June 26, 2017

26 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland to Port Saunders, NL

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26 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland to Port Saunders, NL

I had a fantastic morning with a very cooperative weather pattern.  I completed the playback experiments for Newfoundland and headed to Port Saunders.  I just recorded some birds in Port Saunders this morning and am now in for some rest and relaxation after 7 days in the bush. 
Here is the Mourning Warbler males recorded tally thus far.

Localities
Males
Wreck Cove. NS
33
Stephenville Crossing, NL
20
Burgeo Rd., NL
27
Roddickton Rd., NL
30
Total
110

1          Northern Harrier
2          Greater Yellowlegs
3          Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
4          Gray Jay
5          Swainson's Thrush
6          American Robin
7          Tennessee Warbler
8          Yellow-rumped Warbler
9          Northern Waterthrush
10       Mourning Warbler
11       Common Yellowthroat
12       Wilson's Warbler
13       Fox Sparrow
14       Lincoln's Sparrow
15       White-throated Sparrow
16       Dark-eyed Junco
17       Purple Finch

25 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland


25 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland

Another bad start to the day with rain and wind making it difficult to do any research.  It eventually turned sunny and I managed to get some more playback experiments completed.  I managed to find this Moose alongside Rte. 432.



Bull Moose on Rte 432

1          Common Eider
2          Common Merganser
3          Northern Gannet
4          Northern Harrier
5          Rough-legged Hawk (dark phase)
6          Spotted Sandpiper
7          Greater Yellowlegs
8          Wilson's Snipe
9          Ring-billed Gull
10       Herring Gull
11       Great Black-backed Gull
12       Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
13       Gray Jay
14       American Crow
15       Common Raven
16       Tree Swallow
17       Ruby-crowned Kinglet
18       Swainson's Thrush
19       American Robin
20       European Starling
21       Nashville Warbler
22       Yellow Warbler
23       Magnolia Warbler
24       Yellow-rumped Warbler
25       Black-throated Green Warbler
26       Blackpoll Warbler
27       Black-and-white Warbler
28       American Redstart
29       Northern Waterthrush
30       Mourning Warbler
31       Common Yellowthroat
32       Wilson's Warbler
33       Fox Sparrow
34       Lincoln's Sparrow
35       White-throated Sparrow
36       Dark-eyed Junco
37       Pine Grosbeak
38       Purple Finch
39       American Goldfinch

24 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland


24 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland

I had more success recording males today until it started raining again.  Besides the research success I also had 4 different Moose and 1 Black Bear cub along the road.

1          Common Eider
2          Red-breasted Merganser
3          Common Loon
4          Bald Eagle
5          Rough-legged Hawk (dark phase)
6          Spotted Sandpiper
7          Greater Yellowlegs
8          Wilson's Snipe
9          Ring-billed Gull
10       Herring Gull
11       Great Black-backed Gull
12       Common Tern
13       Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
14       Gray Jay
15       American Crow
16       Black-capped Chickadee
17       Winter Wren
18       Ruby-crowned Kinglet
19       Swainson's Thrush
20       American Robin
21       European Starling
22       Nashville Warbler
23       Yellow Warbler
24       Magnolia Warbler
25       Yellow-rumped Warbler
26       Blackpoll Warbler
27       Northern Waterthrush
28       Mourning Warbler
29       Common Yellowthroat
30       Wilson's Warbler
31       Fox Sparrow
32       Lincoln's Sparrow
33       White-throated Sparrow
34       Dark-eyed Junco
35       Pine Grosbeak
36       Purple Finch
37       American Goldfinch

23 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland


23 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland

It was a lousy day for anything with periods of rain and clouds all day.  I was able to record some more birds and perform playback experiments (Roddickton 1988 versus Roddickton 2017 songs).  I saw my first Caribou today.  It has an ugly wound on its left flank.  It might be a wound from a predator or an ectoparasite infection.



Caribou on logging road off Rte. 302

1          Greater Scaup
2          Common Eider
3          Common Merganser
4          Common Loon
5          Northern Gannet
6          Northern Harrier
7          Spotted Sandpiper
8          Greater Yellowlegs
9          Wilson's Snipe
10       Ring-billed Gull
11       Herring Gull
12       Great Black-backed Gull
13       Belted Kingfisher
14       Hairy Woodpecker
15       Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
16       Gray Jay
17       American Crow
18       Common Raven
19       Tree Swallow
20       Winter Wren
21       Black-capped Chickadee
22       Ruby-crowned Kinglet
23       Swainson's Thrush
24       Hermit Thrush
25       American Robin
26       European Starling
27       Nashville Warbler
28       Yellow Warbler
29       Magnolia Warbler
30       Yellow-rumped Warbler
31       Blackpoll Warbler
32       Black-and-white Warbler
33       Northern Waterthrush
34       Mourning Warbler
35       Common Yellowthroat
36       Wilson's Warbler
37       Fox Sparrow
38       Lincoln's Sparrow
39       White-throated Sparrow
40       Dark-eyed Junco
41       Pine Grosbeak
42       Purple Finch
43       Pine Siskin

22 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland


22 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland

It was a good day for recording singing males and the birding was pretty good also.

1          American Black Duck
2          Common Merganser
3          Common Loon
4          Northern Harrier
5          Spotted Sandpiper
6          Greater Yellowlegs
7          Wilson's Snipe
8          Ring-billed Gull
9          Herring Gull
10       Great Black-backed Gull
11       Belted Kingfisher
12       Downy Woodpecker
13       Hairy Woodpecker
14       Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
15       Gray Jay
16       American Crow
17       Common Raven
18       Tree Swallow
19       Black-capped Chickadee
20       Red-breasted Nuthatch
21       Winter Wren
22       Ruby-crowned Kinglet
23       Swainson's Thrush
24       Hermit Thrush
25       American Robin
26       European Starling
27       Nashville Warbler
28       Yellow Warbler
29       Magnolia Warbler
30       Yellow-rumped Warbler
31       Black-throated Green Warbler
32       Blackpoll Warbler
33       Black-and-white Warbler
34       American Redstart
35       Northern Waterthrush
36       Mourning Warbler
37       Common Yellowthroat
38       Wilson's Warbler
39       Fox Sparrow
40       Lincoln's Sparrow
41       White-throated Sparrow
42       Dark-eyed Junco
43       Pine Grosbeak
44       Purple Finch
45       Pine Siskin

21 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland


21 June 2017, Roddickton Rd., Rte. 432, near Plum Point, Newfoundland

I had some foul weather days and layover in Corner Brook, NL.  I finally made it up to Plum Point, NL and started field work on a logging road off of Rete 432.  I also had my first real seabirds of the year – 2 Thick-billed Murres in Bird Cove.  I have added some photos of breeding habitat of 3 male territories from the logging road.



Breeding Territory of Male RO1



Breeding Territory of Male RO3



Breeding Territory of Male RO11


1          American Black Duck
2          Common Goldeneye
3          Red-breasted Merganser
4          Northern Harrier
5          Spotted Sandpiper
6          Greater Yellowlegs
7          Wilson's Snipe
8          Ring-billed Gull
9          Great Black-backed Gull
10       Common Murre
11       Belted Kingfisher
12       Hairy Woodpecker
13       Olive-sided Flycatcher
14       Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
15       American Crow
16       Common Raven
17       Tree Swallow
18       Boreal Chickadee
19       Ruby-crowned Kinglet
20       Swainson's Thrush
21       Hermit Thrush
22       American Robin
23       European Starling
24       Tennessee Warbler
25       Nashville Warbler
26       Yellow Warbler
27       Yellow-rumped Warbler
28       Black-throated Green Warbler
29       Blackpoll Warbler
30       Black-and-white Warbler
31       American Redstart
32       Northern Waterthrush
33       Mourning Warbler
34       Common Yellowthroat
35       Fox Sparrow
36       Lincoln's Sparrow
37       White-throated Sparrow
38       Pine Grosbeak
39       Purple Finch
39       Pine Siskin

Saturday, June 17, 2017

17 June 2017, Burgeo Rd., Newfoundland

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17 June 2017, Burgeo Rd., Newfoundland

I had one of the best days of the trip recoding Mourning Warblers.  I have finished Burgeo Rd. and am headed north.  I included some photos of breeding habitat and territories of two males. 
Here is the Mourning Warbler males recorded tally thus far.

Localities
Males
Wreck Cove. NS
33
Stephenville Crossing, NL
20
Burgeo Rd., NL
27
Total
80



BU10 territory



BU20 territory


1          Wilson's Snipe
2          Belted Kingfisher
3          Hairy Woodpecker
4          Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
5          Blue-headed Vireo
6          Blue Jay
7          Common Raven
8          Tree Swallow
9          Boreal Chickadee
10       Ruby-crowned Kinglet
11       Swainson's Thrush
12       Hermit Thrush
13       American Robin
14       Nashville Warbler
15       Yellow Warbler
16       Yellow-rumped Warbler
17       Black-throated Green Warbler
18       Black-and-white Warbler
19       American Redstart
20       Ovenbird
21       Northern Waterthrush
22       Mourning Warbler
23       Common Yellowthroat
24       Wilson's Warbler
25       Fox
26       Lincoln's Sparrow
27       White-throated Sparrow
28       Pine Grosbeak
29       Purple Finch
30       Pine Siskin