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Recent Sightings

As a hot-spot for migration, WPBO sees seasonal migrants of all kinds, including some rare vagrants.

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

Sightings 11/2/18

Townsend's Solitaire. Harris's Sparrow       Highlights:         Townsend's Solitaire & Harris's Sparrow The season's second Townsend's Solitaire was seen on Oct. 20 and the second Harris's Sparrow of the season was seen on Oct. 25-26. As is typical this time of the year, the diversity is really winding down. There are [...]

2018-11-02T23:04:15-04:00November 2nd, 2018|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Sightings 11/2/18

Sightings 10/18/18

Say's Phoebe & American Avocet. Yellow-throated Warbler & Harris's Sparrow. Townsend's Solitaire. Highlights: Say's Phoebe, American Avocet, Yellow-throated Warbler, Harris's Sparrow and Townsend's Solitaire. October is often a great time for vagrants at WPBO, and it has been exciting in that regard recently. A Say's Phoebe and an American Avocet were seen on [...]

2018-10-18T23:52:13-04:00October 18th, 2018|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Sightings 10/18/18

Sightings update 10/8/18

Highlights: Summer Tanager & Lark Sparrow (photo above) I don't know how I let so much time pass by, but I did and there's nothing to do for it now except to jump right in. A Summer Tanager was photographed on September 17 and was surprisingly relocated for the first time on the 25th. It was [...]

2018-10-08T17:52:43-04:00October 8th, 2018|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Sightings update 10/8/18

Sightings Report for April 16th- May 3rd

American Wigeon by Skye Haas Greetings! Sorry for the long delay in blog posts, we were hit with a website issue right before Spring Fling and unable to get it worked out until now. Spring Fling was a good old time; it was great to connect with all our birder friends new and [...]

2018-05-06T21:47:32-04:00May 6th, 2018|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Sightings Report for April 16th- May 3rd

Sightings Report for April 6-15, 2018

By Skye Haas, 2018 Spring Field Ornithologist And I thought there was little to report in my last update! Very little bird migration has occurred in April so far. Persistent north winds and frequent snow showers have plagued the research programs here at WPBO, and we have been setting some new late arrival [...]

2018-04-17T11:48:23-04:00April 17th, 2018|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Sightings Report for April 6-15, 2018

Whitefish Point Sightings Report for March 30-April 5

By Skye Haas, Spring Field Ornithologist Sadly, there is not too much to report this week. We are stuck in a long-term holding pattern of cold north winds, and periodic snowstorms. We did get a few new season birds, with a trio of COMMON GOLDENEYE over the hawk deck on [...]

2018-04-09T11:59:08-04:00April 9th, 2018|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Whitefish Point Sightings Report for March 30-April 5

Whitefish Point Sightings Report for March 22-29, 2018

By Skye Haas, 2018 Spring Field Ornithologist Hello everyone, here is the weekly sightings report for March 22-29. Aside from a few brief days of a welcomed warm-up, it remains very wintery up here at Whitefish Point. There has been some snow melt, and while the bay is still locked [...]

2018-03-30T09:10:48-04:00March 30th, 2018|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Whitefish Point Sightings Report for March 22-29, 2018