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

16 June 2017, Burgeo Rd., Newfoundland


16 June 2017, Burgeo Rd., Newfoundland

It was much better today for breeding habitat and Mourning Warblers in the mountains and passes off the Burgeo Rd. 

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

15 June 2017, Burgeo Rd. – Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland


15 June 2017, Burgeo Rd. – Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland

There was not much good breeding habitat below the Abiti-Price or Buchans Resource Rd.  It was not a very productive day for research.  I had to go back to Stephenville Crossing for gas and managed to see some good birds along the way.

1          Canada Goose
2          American Wigeon
3          American Black Duck
4          Northern Shoveler
5          Common Loon
6          Osprey
7          Spotted Sandpiper
8          Greater Yellowlegs
9          Willet
10       Wilson's Snipe
11       Bonaparte's Gull
12       Ring-billed Gull
13       Great Black-backed Gull
14       Common Tern
15       Arctic Tern
16       Olive-sided Flycatcher
17       Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
18       Blue-headed Vireo
19       Red-eyed Vireo
20       Gray Jay
21       American Crow
22       Common Raven
23       Tree Swallow
24       Black-capped Chickadee
25       Boreal Chickadee
26       Ruby-crowned Kinglet
27       Swainson's Thrush
28       Hermit Thrush
29       American Robin
30       European Starling
31       Nashville Warbler
32       Yellow Warbler
33       Magnolia Warbler
34       Yellow-rumped Warbler
35       Palm Warbler
36       Blackpoll Warbler
37       Black-and-white Warbler
38       American Redstart
39       Northern Waterthrush
40       Mourning Warbler
41       Common Yellowthroat
42       Wilson's Warbler
43       Savannah Sparrow
44       Fox Sparrow
45       Song Sparrow
46       Lincoln's Sparrow
47       White-throated Sparrow
48       Rusty Blackbird
49       Pine Grosbeak
50       Purple Finch
51       Pine Siskin
52       American Goldfinch
53       House Sparrow

14 June 2017, Travel to Burgeo Rd., Newfoundland


14 June 2017, Travel to Burgeo Rd., Newfoundland

Today was a travel day along the Burgeo Rd. to search for breeding habitat and Mourning Warblers.  I took some photos of the open tundra barrens along the way.  I found one Mourning Warbler singing as I was about to camp out for the night near the Victoria River.






Tundra barrens off the Burgeo Rd.


1          Canada Goose
2          Common Goldeneye
3          Common Loon
4          Double-crested Cormorant
5          Osprey
6          Greater Yellowlegs
7          Wilson's Snipe
8          Black-legged Kittiwake
9          Great Black-backed Gull
10       Rock Pigeon
11       Northern Flicker
12       Olive-sided Flycatcher
13       Gray Jay
14       Boreal Chickadee
15       Ruby-crowned Kinglet
16       Swainson's Thrush
17       Hermit Thrush
18       American Robin
19       Nashville Warbler
20       Yellow Warbler
21       Magnolia Warbler
22       Yellow-rumped Warbler
23       Blackpoll Warbler
24       Black-and-white Warbler
25       Northern Waterthrush
26       Mourning Warbler
27       Common Yellowthroat
28       Wilson's Warbler
29       Fox Sparrow
30       White-throated Sparrow
31       Rusty Blackbird
32       Purple Finch
33       American Goldfinch

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

13 June 2017, Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland

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13 June 2017, Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland

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I finished up recording songs of territorial males here in the area of Stephenville Crossing.  I am in the hotel processing the recordings and photos.  I have added a photo of breeding habitat and territory of males along Flat Bay Brook.  The birds were breeding in the same type of brush as yesterday but along the brook instead of roadside.  I am headed to Burgeo on 14 June, 2017. 
Here is the Mourning Warbler males recorded tally thus far.

Localities
Males
Wreck Cove. NS
33
Stephenville Crossing, NL
20
Total
53




 Territory of ST18 male - the roadside view, brook runs along the opposite side of this brush



Territory of ST20 male - on the other side of the brook



1          Spotted Sandpiper
2          Ring-billed Gull
3          Common Tern
4          Rock Pigeon
5          Olive-sided Flycatcher
6          Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
7          Blue-headed Vireo
8          Gray Jay
9          Blue Jay
10       American Crow
11       Common Raven
12       Tree Swallow
13       Black-capped Chickadee
14       Ruby-crowned Kinglet
15       Swainson's Thrush
16       American Robin
17       Gray Catbird
18       European Starling
19       Cedar Waxwing
20       Yellow Warbler
21       Yellow-rumped Warbler
22       Black-throated Green Warbler
23       Blackpoll Warbler
24       Black-and-white Warbler
25       Ovenbird
26       Northern Waterthrush
27       Mourning Warbler
28       Common Yellowthroat
29       Wilson's Warbler
30       Fox Sparrow
31       Lincoln's Sparrow
32       White-throated Sparrow
33       Dark-eyed Junco
34       Common Grackle
35       Purple Finch
36       Pine Siskin
37       American Goldfinch
38       House Sparrow