John Neville | Bird Songs of the Central Boreal Forest Ontario and Manitoba including Churchill

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Bird Songs of the Central Boreal Forest Ontario and Manitoba including Churchill

by John Neville

This 2CD set covers the bird songs of the central boreal forest in Ontario and Manitoba. It is divided into six habitats: 1. Hudson Bay Shoreline 2. Tundra 3. The Taiga, small trees or “the land of little sticks” 4. Boreal Forest- this is the longest section with most species 5. Lakes and Rivers 6. Marshes and Riparian Wetlands
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1. Introduction John E. Neville
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2. Section 1 Hudson Bay Shoreline  Section 1 : les terres riveraines de la baie d’Hudson John E. Neville
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3. Ruddy Turnstone  Tournepierre à collier John E. Neville
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4. Semipalmated Plover  Pluvier semipalmé John E. Neville
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5. Semipalmated Sandpiper  Bécasseau semipalmé John E. Neville
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6. Dunlin  Bécasseau variable John E. Neville
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7. Stilt Sandpiper  Becasseau à echasses John E. Neville
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8. Red-necked Phalarope  Phalarope à bec étroit John E. Neville
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9. Lapland Longspur  Bruant lapon John E. Neville
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10. Black Scoter   Macreuse à bec jaune John E. Neville
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11. Common Eider      Eider à duvet John E. Neville
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12. Long-tailed Duck   Harelde kakawi John E. Neville
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13. American Pipit  Pipit d'Amérique John E. Neville
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14. Common Raven   Grand Corbeau John E. Neville
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15. Section 2 Tundra  Section 2 : la toundra John E. Neville
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16. Snow Bunting  Bruant des neiges John E. Neville
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17. Snow Goose  Oie des neiges John E. Neville
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18. Tundra Swan   Cygne siffleur John E. Neville
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19. Smith's Longspur  Buant de Smit John E. Neville
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20. Canada Goose       Bernache du Canada John E. Neville
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21. Sandhill Crane  Grue du Canada John E. Neville
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22. Northern Pintail    Canard pilet John E. Neville
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23. Greater Scaup   Fuligule milouinan John E. Neville
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24. Arctic Tern  Sterne arctique John E. Neville
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25. Pacific Loon  Plongeon du Pacifique John E. Neville
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26. Red-throated Loon  Plongeon catmarin John E. Neville
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27. Short-eared Owl  Hibou des marais John E. Neville
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28. Northern Harrier  Busard Saint-Martin John E. Neville
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29. Savannah Sparrow  Bruant des prés John E. Neville
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30. Willow Ptarmigan  Lagopède des saules John E. Neville
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31. Surf Scoter  Macreuse à front blanc John E. Neville
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32. Ross's Gull  Mouette rosée John E. Neville
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33. American Golden Plover  Pluvier bronzé John E. Neville
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34. Section 3 Taiga  Section 3 : la taïga John E. Neville
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35. White-crowned Sparrow  Bruant à couronne blanche John E. Neville
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36. Northern Hawk Owl  Chouette épervière John E. Neville
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37. Whimbrel  Courlis corlieu John E. Neville
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38. Short-billed Dowitcher  Bécassin roux John E. Neville
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39. Hudsonian Godwit  Barqe hudsonienne John E. Neville
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40. Lesser Yellowlegs  Petit Chevalier John E. Neville
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41. Gray-cheeked Thrush  Grive à joues grises John E. Neville
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42. Pine Grosbeak   Durbec des sapins John E. Neville
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43. Harris' Sparrow  Bruant à face noire John E. Neville
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44. American Tree Sparrow   Bruant hudsonien John E. Neville
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45. Fox Sparrow  Bruant fauve John E. Neville
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46. Lincoln Sparrow  Bruant de Lincoln John E. Neville
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47. Common Redpoll  Sizerin flammé John E. Neville
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48. Blackpoll Warbler  Paruline rayée John E. Neville
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49. Bonaparte's Gull  Mouette de Bonaparte John E. Neville
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50. Rusty Blackbird  Quiscale rouilleux John E. Neville
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51. House Sparrow  Moineau domestique John E. Neville
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52. Section 4 Boreal Forest  Section 4 : la forêt boréale John E. Neville
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53. Merlin  Faucon émerillon John E. Neville
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54. Broad-winged Hawk  Petite Buse John E. Neville
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55. Red-tailed Hawk  Buse à queue rousse John E. Neville
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56. Northern Goshawk  Autour des palombes John E. Neville
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57. Sharp-shinned Hawk  Épervier brun John E. Neville
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58. American Kestrel  Crécerelle d'Amérique John E. Neville
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59. Peregrine Falcon  Faucon pèlerin John E. Neville
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60. Ruffed Grouse  Gélinotte huppée John E. Neville
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61. Sharp-tailed Grouse  Tétras à queue fine John E. Neville
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62. Spruce Grouse  Tétras du Canada John E. Neville
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63. American Woodcock  Bécasse d'Amérique John E. Neville
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64. Great-horned Owl  Grand-duc d'Amérique John E. Neville
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65. Barred Owl  Chouette rayée John E. Neville
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66. Long-eared Owl  Hibou moyen-duc John E. Neville
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67. Boreal Owl  Nyctale de Tengmalm John E. Neville
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68. Northern Saw-whet Owl  Petite Nyctale John E. Neville
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69. Wolves  Loups John E. Neville
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70. Common Nighthawk  Engoulevent d'Amérique John E. Neville
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71. Ruby-throated Hummingbird  Colibri à gorge rubis John E. Neville
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72. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  Pic maculé John E. Neville
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73. Downy Woodpecker  Pic mineur John E. Neville
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74. Hairy Woodpecker  Pic chevelu John E. Neville
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75. Three-toed Woodpecker  Pic à dos rayé John E. Neville
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76. Black-backed Woodpecker  Pic à dos noir John E. Neville
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77. Northern Flicker  Pic flamboyant John E. Neville
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78. Pileated Woodpecker  Grand Pic John E. Neville
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79. Olive-sided Flycatcher  Moucherolle à côtés olive John E. Neville
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80. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  Moucherolle à ventre jaune John E. Neville
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81. Alder Flycatcher  Moucherolle des aulnes John E. Neville
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82. Least Flycatcher  Moucherolle tchébec John E. Neville
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83. Eastern Kingbird  Tyran tritri John E. Neville
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84. Western Kingbird  Tryan de l'Ouest John E. Neville
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85. Eastern Phoebe  Moucherolle phébi John E. Neville
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86. Red-eyed Vireo  Viréo aux yeux rouges John E. Neville
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87. Blue-headed Vireo  Viréo à tête bleue John E. Neville
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88. Gray Jay  Mésangeai du Canada John E. Neville
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89. Blue Jay  Geai bleu John E. Neville
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90. American Crow  Corneille d'Amérique John E. Neville
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91. Common Raven in flight  Grand Corbeau en vol John E. Neville
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92. Black-capped Chickadee  Mésange à tête noire John E. Neville
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93. Boreal Chickadee  Mésange à tête brune John E. Neville
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94. Red-breasted Nuthatch  Sittelle à poitrine rousse John E. Neville
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95. Brown Creeper  Grimpereau brun John E. Neville
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96. Winter Wren Troglodyte mignon John E. Neville
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97. Golden-crowned Kinglet  Roitelet à couronne dorée John E. Neville
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98. Ruby-crowned Kinglet  Roitelet à couronne rubis John E. Neville
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99. Section 4  Boreal Forest Continued  Section 4 : la forêt boréale (suite) John E. Neville
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100. Veery  Grive fauve John E. Neville
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101. Swainson Thrush  Grive à dos olive John E. Neville
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102. Hermit Thrush  Grive solitaire John E. Neville
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103. American Robin  Merle d'Amérique John E. Neville
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104. Cedar Waxwing  Jaseur d'Amérique John E. Neville
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105. Golden-winged Warbler  Paruline à ailes dorées John E. Neville
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106. Tennessee Warbler  Paruline obscure John E. Neville
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107. Orange-crowned Warbler   Paruline verdâtre John E. Neville
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108. Nashville Warbler  Paruline à joues grises John E. Neville
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109. Northern Parula  Paruline à collier John E. Neville
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110. Chestnut-sided Warbler  Paruline à flancs marron John E. Neville
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111. Magnolia Warbler  Paruline à tête cendrée John E. Neville
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112. Cape May Warbler  Paruline tigrée John E. Neville
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113. Yellow-rumped Warbler  Paruline à croupion jaune John E. Neville
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114. Black-throated Green Warbler  Paruline à gorge noire John E. Neville
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115. Black-throated Blue Warbler   Paruline bleue John E. Neville
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116. Blackburnian Warbler   Paruline à gorge orangée John E. Neville
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117. Palm Warbler   Paruline à couronne rousse John E. Neville
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118. Bay-breasted Warbler   Paruline à poitrine baie John E. Neville
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119. Black and White Warbler   Paruline noire et blanc John E. Neville
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120. American Redstart  Paruline flamboyante John E. Neville
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121. Ovenbird  Paruline couronnée John E. Neville
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122. Connecticut Warbler   Paruline à gorge grise John E. Neville
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123. Mourning Warbler   Paruline triste John E. Neville
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124. Canada Warbler   Paruline du Canada John E. Neville
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125. Wilson's Warbler   Paruline à calotte noire John E. Neville
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126. Chipping Sparrow   Bruant familier John E. Neville
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127. Song Sparrow   Bruant chanteur John E. Neville
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128. White-throated Sparrow   Bruant à gorge blanche John E. Neville
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129. Dark-eyed Junko   Junco ardoisé John E. Neville
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130. Rose-breasted Grosbeak   Cardinal à poitrine rose John E. Neville
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131. Purple Finch  Roselin pourpré John E. Neville
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132. White-winged Crossbill   Bec-croisé bifascié John E. Neville
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133. Red Crossbill   Bec-croisé des sapins John E. Neville
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134. Pine Sisken   Tarin des pins John E. Neville
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135. American Goldfinch  Chardonneret jaune John E. Neville
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136. Evening Grosbeak   Gos-bec errant John E. Neville
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137. Red Squirrel   Écureuil roux d’Amérique John E. Neville
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138. Black Bear   Ours noir John E. Neville
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139. Section 5  Lakes and Rivers  Section 5 : les lacs et les rivières John E. Neville
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140. Common Loon  Plonqeon huard John E. Neville
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141. Red-necked Grebe  Grèbe jougris John E. Neville
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142. Mallard    Canard colvert John E. Neville
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143. Common Goldeneye     Garrot à oeil d'or John E. Neville
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144. Common Merganser     Grand Harle John E. Neville
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145. American Wigeon   Canard d'Amérique John E. Neville
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146. Ringed-neck Duck  Fuligule à collier John E. Neville
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147. Osprey  Balbuzard pêcheur John E. Neville
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148. Bald Eagle  Pygargue à tête blanche John E. Neville
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149. Black-bellied Plover  Pluvier argenté John E. Neville
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150. Spotted Sandpiper  Chevalier grivelé John E. Neville
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151. Solitary Sandpiper  Chevalier solitaire John E. Neville
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152. Franklin's Gull  Mouette de Franklin John E. Neville
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153. Ring-billed Gull  Goéland à bec cercl John E. Neville
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154. Herring Gull  Goéland argenté John E. Neville
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155. Common Tern  Sterne pierregarin John E. Neville
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156. Belted Kingfisher  Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique John E. Neville
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157. River Otter  Loutre de rivière John E. Neville
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158. Section 6  Marshes and Riparian Wetlands  Section 6 : les marais et les terres humides riveraines John E. Neville
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159. American Bittern  Butor d'Amérique John E. Neville
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160. Killdeer  Pluvier kildir John E. Neville
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161. Greater Yellowlegs  Grand Chevalier John E. Neville
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162. Wilson's Snipe  Bécassine de Wilson John E. Neville
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163. Pied-billed Grebe  Grèbe à bec bigarré John E. Neville
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164. Blue-winged Teal  Sarcelle à ailes bleues John E. Neville
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165. Tree Swallow  Hirondelle bicolore John E. Neville
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166. Barn Swallow  Hirondelle rustique John E. Neville
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167. Yellow Warbler  Paruline jaune John E. Neville
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168. Common Yellowthroat  Paruline masquée John E. Neville
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169. Northern Waterthrush  Paruline des ruisseaux John E. Neville
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170. Swamp Sparrow  Bruant des marais John E. Neville
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171. Red-winged Blackbird  Carouge à épaulettes John E. Neville
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172. Common Grackle  Quiscale bronzé John E. Neville
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173. Wood Frog  Grenouille des bois John E. Neville
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174. Boreal Chorus Frogs  Rainette faux-grillon boréale John E. Neville
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175. Spring Peeper  Rainette crucifère John E. Neville
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176. Conclusion John E. Neville
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bird Songs of the Central Boreal Forest: Ontario and Manitoba including Churchill
Chants d’oiseaux de la forêt boréale du centre du Canada : Ontario et Manitoba
(incluant la région de Churchill)

This 2CD set covers the bird songs of the central boreal forest in Ontario and Manitoba. It is divided into six habitats:
1. Hudson Bay Shoreline
2. Tundra
3. The Taiga, small trees or “the land of little sticks”
4. Boreal Forest- this is the longest section with most species
5. Lakes and Rivers
6. Marshes and Riparian Wetlands

There are 159 bird species and 8 other species including Black Bear(CD 2-track # 40) and Frogs(2-75,76,77). The set incorporates several very rare recordings such as Black Scoter(1-10), Surf Scoter(1-31), Greater Scaup(1-23) and a female Olive-sided Flycatcher(1-79). Some of the most beautiful sounds (in my opinion)are; Hermit Thrush(2-4), Veery(2-2), Rose-breasted Grosbeak(2-32) and Common Loon(2-42). The two birds I think are the most typical sounds of the boreal forest are White-throated Sparrow(2-30) and Ovenbird(2-23). Two of the most ethereall sounds are Swainson's Thrush(2-3) and a pack of Gray Wolves (1-69)on the Sleeping Giant Peninsula of Lake Superior. One of the most intimate recordings is a male Peregrine Falcon ( 1-59)joining his mate at the nest, without knowing about a hidden microphone.

Churchill
by John Neville
Saturday, July 26, 2008


On May 19, 2008 we caught the train from Thompson Manitoba, overnight to Churchill, on Hudson Bay. For two weeks I had been recording bird songs as we travelled north through the Central Boreal Forest. I had dreamed of this opportunity for a long time. Churchill is a birding hotspot in what is technically known as the subarctic. A thin strip of tundra separates the marine ecosystem from the northern edge of the boreal forest. This means that birds from three different ecosystems are in close proximity.

There is no road access to Churchill so train and plane starting from Winnipeg are the usual forms of transport. Sitting comfortably in the dining car, there was a definite feeling of romance as the pristine boreal forest passed by our window. More and more bogs and fens, lakes and rivers divided the Spruce, Tamarack, Birch and Willows. The train's speed gradually diminished overnight as we approached our destination. The reason was the heaving by the permafrost under the railed. When we arrived we were greeted by a carpet of snow and solid ice on the Churchill River and Hudson Bay. The stunted trees (Taiga) at the northern edge of the forest are called “the land of little sticks” by the Chipewyan.

On our journey north, Snow Geese frequently flew overhead, some above the clouds. They became my first recording opportunity as they arrived in hundreds, and assembled into thousands. Many of them were staging near the river before moving to the high Arctic, while others waited for the snow to melt on the tundra of La Pereusse Bay. After a week I had recorded a variety of species, including: Lesser Yellowlegs, Three-toed Woodpecker, Pine Grosbeak, lovely close-ups of Willow Ptarmigan, Harris' Sparrow, Common Redpoll etc. Although it was still cold enough for three or four layers of clothes at 3AM, the daytime temperatures we quickly increasing towards the end of May. The snow was disappearing on a daily basis, and leads of open water were appearing in the river and bay. One such stretch of open water in the river was occupied by four pairs of Black Scoter. They would line up and diver in unison . When they reappeared on the surface they produced gentle piping contact calls and the males a high mellow whistled note. The European Common Scoter is one of two subspecies of the Black Scoter. Two or three dives would take them to the downstream edge of the lead when they would fly back to repeat the process. The birds feed on crustaceans, mollusks, insects and weed. This open water was only a few meters from the shore and allowed a great recording opportunity for a bird that is not often captured in a microphone.

The snow quickly melted off the tundra at the beginning of June sometimes producing small creeks across the gravel roads. As the road to Twin Lakes opened up we travelled more and more to that area of tundra , forest and wetlands. One special area known as the fen had Whimbel, Short-billed Dowitcher, American Golden Plover and Hudsonian Godwit. I was able to record all four species although it was sometimes difficult learning the new sounds. Some of the courtship and display songs were quite new and I am not aware of any recordings of these particular activities. Another complication was the variety of sounds made by the Lesser Yellowlegs. In nearby lakes Pacific Loon, Tundra Swan and Sandhill Crane could always be heard early in the morning.

We stayed at the Northern Studies Center with a variety of professors and graduate students covering Earth Sciences and Avian Topics. We learned lots from them and shared a little of our own experiences where appropriate. The center used to be a rocket launching site and still has a few disarmed missiles and three rocket launching pads. One day staff from a rehab center arrived and released four Snowy Owls appropriately from a launching pad. As the bay ice began to break up in early June, more and more shorebirds began to show up on a daily basis. Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandipiper, Ruddy Turnstone and Lapland Longspur all became recordable. Standing on a gravel beach one day amongst large piles of kelp, mussel shells and wood from trees and old ships, I was aggressively bombed by Common Raven!. They were nesting close by on top of some metal cages. The cages are sometimes used for badly behaved Polar Bears who spend too much time around the community.

Cape Merry was another memorable site for recording. It is the eastern boundary of the river and looks across the estuary to Fort Prince of Wales. Each location still has 18th century canons and impressive stone fortifications. The rocks on the cape have been smoothed by glacial activity producing close to a paved finish. I sat out at the end one day and recorded Common Eider and Long-tailed Duck. Four male Eider were aggressively courting one desirable female. They circled around her and threw their heads back to call while displaying. On June 4th hundreds of Arctic Tern arrived at the grainery ponds and elsewhere. One day after arriving, they were already into courtship mode and all but ignored me recording them at close quarters. It was really impressive to witness the Terns taking full advantage of the short summer after such a long migration!

Wood and Boreal Chorus Frogs became easy to record by the middle of June and sometimes were too noisy when trying to record other critters. There were still a few Caribou on the tundra but I never got close enough to record their “clicking” heels. We had no encounters with Polar Bears but Heather always stayed nearby with the car in case of a chance meeting. All the student groups from the Studies Center had a lookout with a gun when working out on the tundra. We also failed to see the Beluga Whales which were just returning in late June. About three thousand of them show up in the Churchill River by early July. At that time, trips are available across the estuary to Fort Prince of Whales and hydrophones are available to listen to the whales.

I recorded forty-five species on the Churchill peninsula and it was definitely a dream come true.


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Stunning Collection of Bird Songs
John Neville releases a stunning collection of bird songs on his 2 CD set, “Bird Songs of the Central Boreal Forest Ontario and Manitoba including Churchill.” Neville gives an educational tutorial on the many species of birds and covers six habitats as he spent two weeks recording 159 birds and 8 other species. He opens up the CD with a brief introduction explaining the land he covers and divides them into regions. On each track Neville gives a brief speech on the location where the bird was recorded and a description of the bird. “Black Scoter Macreuse à bec jaune,” lets you hear the quiet piping and whistle notes of this bird and you will even hear it diving into the water. Another track, “Red-throated Loon Plongeon catmarin,” lets you hear the different types of sounds the male species makes. It is truly amazing how many different types of birds there are and the different songs they make. The recordings of each track are clean and pure and you can hear every nuance these birds make. Nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy the unique collection of bird songs on the wonderful album, “Bird Songs of the Central Boreal Forest Ontario and Manitoba including Churchill.”