As you can see, we got pretty well as far north as roads can take you in northeastern Ontario. We even made a "detour" to see the end of the road:
|The Detour Lake Mine|
And here's a shot of a beautiful boreal wetland. Last year Ken and my Dad had a pair of Greater Yellowlegs here (not this year, though we did have some elsewhere).
|Photo: Ken Burrell|
Most of the birding on the BBS is done by ear, but we did see a few birds too :) below is a female Ruffed Grouse that was carefully guiding her young across the road.
|Momma Ruffed Grouse|
|Momma Spruce Grouse|
|female Spruce Grouse close-up|
|young Spruce Grouse|
|Western Tailed Blue|
|Greenish Blue (upperside)|
|Greenish Blue (underside)|
This was early in the morning and quite overcast, so the flowers hadn't shut yet. Normally, the flowers of Evening Primrose close during the day, providing a convenient day time roost for the moths that bear the same name. At night, when the flowers open, the moths feed on the nectar and serve as important pollinators for the plant.
Anyways, here are the combined results from the three BBS surveys. The top five species were White-throated Sparrow, Nashville Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Hermit Thrush, and Magnolia Warbler; all of which were detected on more than 50% of the stops.
|Cape May Warbler||0.67%|
|Black-throated Blue Warbler||2.00%|