May 2 – 9, 2019

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Despite the cold weather, bird migration is heating up. More songbird species are trickling through daily, but waterfowl movements are the highlight of this last week. On several days, we recorded more than 2,000 geese, with observers at the station counting over 15,000 geese migrating through on Sunday, May 5. Most of these geese were… Read more »

April 16 – May 1, 2019

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It has been a very cold and windy start to the 26th year of Spring Migration Monitoring at the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory (LSLBO). We began monitoring on April 16th, but very few birds have been captured due to poor weather conditions. If the nets are being blown around too much on windy days,… Read more »

October 18 – 31, 2018

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It is the end of October and with that comes the end of our owl migration monitoring season. Despite a very slow start to the season, it ended up being the second busiest owl season ever. Meaning we achieved the second busiest fall for both songbird banding and owl banding – not too shabby and… Read more »

October 11 – 17, 2018

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With fall migration over and owls nearing, but not at, completion, there is little in the way of updates for me to provide, but there is always something interesting to share about birds. A couple weeks ago I wrote about how birds have a very different breathing system than we have and the implications of… Read more »

October 4 – 10, 2018

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Has I promised last week, this week I will provide you all with a round-up of the numbers, at least the numbers for fall migration monitoring – numbers for the year as a whole will have to wait until the last article of the year. Even focusing on just fall migration, though, there is plenty… Read more »

September 27 – October 3, 2018

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Fall migration monitoring came to an end this past week and I can now say for certain that we have not broken the record for the busiest season, though we did achieve the second busiest fall season in 25 years of monitoring. Once the numbers are all finalized over this next week I will give… Read more »

September 20 – 26, 2018

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Despite my hopes that this season could break the record for the busiest fall ever it is looking like we will only attain second place, which, really, is not too shabby at all. As I write this there is only a few more days to go and over the past week bird activity has slowed… Read more »

September 13 – 19, 2018

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This past week we held our annual ‘Owl Night’ out at the Boreal Centre and as it is every year since it started in 2014 it was a very popular and well-attended event. And this year, unlike some other years, everyone was lucky enough to see a northern saw-whet owl get banded – some people… Read more »

September 6 – 12, 2018

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Last week I wrote that our banding total could reach the top three if the weather cooperated with us… No big surprise it did not (I firmly believe the weather doesn’t like being taunted). This week started with rain, continued with rain and then ended with snow. With all that bad weather we missed out… Read more »

Aug 30 – Sept 5, 2018

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    Weather has played a big role in our birding success (and lack of) this week. On every calm, dry day we experienced heavy overhead migration coupled with excellent banding totals. On the windy and/or rainy days we not only had poor banding, but observation were low as well. We are at just over… Read more »