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So far WPBO Field Ornithologist has created 26 blog entries.

Zugunruhe: 04/08/19 to 04/11/19

Highlights: Firsts of the season: American Black Duck, Rock Pigeon, Eastern Phoebe, Rusty Blackbird, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow Passerines put on their first real show of the season on April 10. While covering for Krista Botting, the hawk counter, I observed 24 American Robin, 39 Red-winged Blackbird, 45 Common Grackle, and a Bohemian Waxwing [...]

2019-04-12T14:43:34-04:00April 12th, 2019|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Zugunruhe: 04/08/19 to 04/11/19

Waterbird Landing: 04/03/19 – 04/07/19

Highlights: First Waterbirds in the Water (Mallard) – Common Merganser – Brown-headed Cowbird – Increasing Raptor Diversity A big moment at the Point in recent days: the first waterbirds of the season were observed in the lake! Two Mallard were seen flying in and landing in Lake Superior on April 5 with three male Common [...]

2019-04-09T10:47:25-04:00April 9th, 2019|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Waterbird Landing: 04/03/19 – 04/07/19

Stymied Migration & a Pileated or Two: 03/27/19 – 04/02/19

Highlights: Common Grackle - Mourning Dove - Dark-eyed Junco - Sandhill Crane - Canada Goose Weather at Whitefish Point, this time of year, is fickle. A few warm, sunny days with southerly winds saw snow melting and birds migrating, but a cold front moving in over the past few days has hampered migration to [...]

2019-04-03T17:47:07-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Stymied Migration & a Pileated or Two: 03/27/19 – 04/02/19

Signs of Spring: 03/23/19 – 03/26/19

Highlights: Red-winged Blackbird – American Goldfinch – Close Bald Eagle Encounter There is something truly magical about cresting a hill and seeing an adult Bald Eagle flying directly towards me over the frozen lake. As someone who grew up in a suburban/urban area and hadn’t seen a wild, free flying eagle until I was [...]

2019-04-03T17:46:38-04:00March 26th, 2019|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Signs of Spring: 03/23/19 – 03/26/19

A Slow Start: Sightings 03/15/19 – 03/22/19

Part of a flock of approximately 47 Common Redpoll. Photo by Charlotte R. Catalano Two Pine Grosbeaks atop a frost-covered Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana). Photo by Charlotte R. Catalano HIGHLIGHTS: Approximately 47 Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) SUMMARY: Whitefish Point is still laden down with two feet of snow and below [...]

2019-03-22T13:26:36-04:00March 22nd, 2019|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on A Slow Start: Sightings 03/15/19 – 03/22/19

Whitefish Point Sightings Report for May 27th-June 4th

White-winged Scoters by Skye Haas Greetings! Here is the last Whitefish Point Sightings Report for the spring 2017 season. But first I just want to thank and congratulate the WPBO staff for their hard work and long hours that they put in this season. From freezing temperatures to hordes of biting insects, the [...]

2017-06-09T10:04:02-04:00June 9th, 2017|Recent Sightings|1 Comment

Birdathon Results!

Red-breasted Mergansers by Skye Haas Here is the moment you have been waiting for- the results of the WPBO 2017 Birdathon are in! The WPBO staff, along with our good friend and volunteer Elliot Nelson scoured Chippewa County last Saturday the 27th for as many species of birds as we could find to [...]

2017-06-06T17:00:52-04:00June 6th, 2017|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Birdathon Results!

Whitefish Point Sightings Report for May 20-26th.

Greetings! The season here at Whitefish is rapidly coming to a close, though we are still a little puzzled as to where some of the birds are yet. It’s been a great migration for many species, but warblers have still been low numbers and vireos and flycatchers have been near absent so far. What little [...]

2017-05-26T23:33:00-04:00May 26th, 2017|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Whitefish Point Sightings Report for May 20-26th.

Whitefish Point Sightings Report for May 9-19th

Greetings! I would like to start this week’s report off again with a plea for support for our annual Birdathon! We are now taking pledges for the event where we head out to see how many bird species we can find in a 24 hour period to raise funds for the count and banding projects [...]

2017-05-20T23:36:47-04:00May 20th, 2017|Recent Sightings|1 Comment

Whitefish Point Sightings Report for May 1-8

Greetings again, sorry for the long absence, I was having some blog sign-in issues, but hopefully that has been all worked out. First an announcement- we are now taking pledges for our annual Birdathon! Every year in late May, the staff and few volunteers head out to find as many bird species as we can [...]

2017-05-09T07:17:17-04:00May 9th, 2017|Recent Sightings|2 Comments