May 7 – 13, 2015

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To kick off today’s article, I have composed a couplet. Windy day; calm night Migratory birds delight But no delight for us banders. The weather this week has been absolutely perfect for migration, too perfect maybe. Although it has been very windy most days, it has been cool and calm overnight, which is when most… Read more »

April 30 – May 6, 2015

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Well so much for the unseasonably warm spring; we are back to normal. I’m actually feeling a bit of deja-vu today – last year we also got hit by a lot of snow on May 6. The weather has definitely affected our banding, many days we weren’t able to open the nets for the entire… Read more »

April 22 – 29, 2015

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After all the excitement of our early start, we are starting to see the downside to such an early spring – there really isn’t much going on. I hesitate to use the word boring so let’s just say it’s a little too relaxing out at the bird observatory for my liking. Whatever it is I… Read more »

April 20 – 22, 2015

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Hello again to all my fellow bird-enthusiasts! As of April 20 the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory is back in action. Our start date of April 20 is the earliest since 2004 thanks to the unseasonably warm weather through the first half of April. Our decision to open the lab typically depends when the snow… Read more »

Oct 16 – 22, 2014

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This will be my final article for the year; as much as I hate to admit it, owl migration is over. During the first half of the week I caught a couple owls a night, and was feeling hopeful that they would continue moving right until the end of October, but then over the last… Read more »

Oct 9 – 15, 2014

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I am writing my article tonight while I am out owl banding. Not going to lie, I am kind of hoping that I will provoke Murphy’s Law by assuming that it will be slow enough for me to get this done on time, thus making it crazy busy. Over the past two weeks it has… Read more »

Oct 2 – 8, 2014

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Traditionally I always stop writing weekly articles once songbird migration ends. The simple reason for this is that without songbird migration I have very little writing fodder – I can only write so much about the owl monitoring program. Although I find owl banding enjoyable it is rather predictable; except on very rare occasions all… Read more »

Sept 25 – Oct 1, 2014

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Well it is official, fall migration has blown away, literally; the last few days of monitoring were some of the windiest we have seen all season. Unfortunately the windy days prevented us from being able to get the nets open as often as we should have been able to so we didn’t quite hit the… Read more »

Sept 18 – 24, 2014

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This week was a little different – bird-wise everything was very similar to last week – the chickadees and myrtle warblers were still migrating in throngs and American tree sparrows and slate coloured juncos continued to slowly gain in number, but then on the weekend there was something missing at the observatory… Us. In the… Read more »

Sept 11 – 17, 2014

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This past week really typified what I always say about our station: the LSLBO is all or nothing. Many other stations are predictable in their levels of bird activity and have consistent day-to-day banding totals; not us, there is absolutely no predicting whether or not we will be busy. Some days we may count thousands… Read more »