Birds of Manitoulin
Northern Ontario Canada
Birding Table of
Why_is_Manitoulin_Island a_Birding Hotspot ?
Species & Habitats In_Maple_Hardwoods On_Farmlands Western_Elements Boreal_Forest_Birds Marsh_Birds
Birding Reference Sources
Manitoulin Christmas Bird
Birding Vacations &
Manitoulin Island a Birding Hotspot ?
Manitoulin Island is located on one of the most popular bird migration
paths in North America. Manitoulin is also the first land after (or
the last land before) crossing the Great Lakes. The birds know they
will need to be fully rested before attempting this crossing, or need a
full rest having just finished this Olympic-class crossing of open water.
The best times to see migrating bird populations are between the third
week of May and second week of June; and then again during the second half
of September. In these Fall weeks, it is possible to see large "kettles"
of hawks and even eagles drifting over the island.
Based on Christmas Bird Counts done
by the Manitoulin Nature Club, the Island has a wealth of bird life even
in December. Last year's count turned up 51 different species and around
Red Shoulder Hawk
Great Blue Heron
Red Tail Hawk
Great Gray Owl
Red wing blackbird
waxwing and cedar waxwings
young birder tracks his feathered friend while at BBay.
To date, 314
different species of birds have been seen on Manitoulin Island.
There are 155 species that breed on Manitoulin Island.
This birding richness is due to three reasons: 1) the large
variety of birding habitats present on the island; 2)
Manitoulin being at the cross-roads for major bird flightways; and 3)
Manitoulin is the first/last land before/after crossing the Great Lakes.
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Some of the interesting birds found on Manitoulin include:
Birds In Maple Hardwoods:
Red-Shouldered Hawk (rare)
Birds On Farmlands:
Birds in Western Elements:
Boreal Forest Birds:
Cape May Warbler
Great Grey Owl Northern Hawk
Owl Snowy Owl
Reference Sources for Birding
on Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada
For a much more detailed treatment of Manitoulin's bird life, please
Birds of Manitoulin 2nd ed. by John C. Nicholson, Sudbury,
Birds of Manitoulin: A Seasonal Occurrence by the Manitoulin
These books are available at the Manitoulin Expositor in Little
Current, at Huron Sands in Providence Bay, or through members of the
Manitoulin Nature Club c/o Jean Williamson, P.O. Box 118, Mindemoya,
Ontario POP 1S0.
Information provided by
Friends of Misery Bay, R.R. #1 Box 55, Evansville, Ontario POP 1EO
Done each year around Christmas, in both Mindemoya and Gore Bay, proof
positive that Manitoulin is a birding hotspot.
1998 Christmas Bird Count, Manitoulin
2005 Christmas Bird Count, Manitoulin
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