James Bay Shorebird Project 2016 - page 6 of 7


Mammals, Butterflies and More

Black Bear eating grass between me, Barb and the banders on 4 August. We regularly saw bears including a female with two cubs. All bears concentrated on eating and were no bother to us.


Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) on 10 August near camp at Longridge. This northern wolf is a different species from the Eastern or Algonquin Wolf (Canis lycaon). Click on photo or link to see this Gray Wolf trotting past me


American Pine Marten in a tree close to camp on 9 August 2016. Found by Dan Froehlich and Amie.MacDonald.


Barb Charlton found this Milbert's Tortoiseshell butterfly in camp on 31 July 2016.


Bronze Copper on 8 August 2016.


 Galium Sphinx Moth caterpillar on fireweed at camp on 2 August 2016. Spotted by Kathryn.


Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) is likely Monochamus scutellatus (White-spotted Sayer) - fide Don Sutherland.


Leech was in a freshwater creek that emptied into the bay on 1 August 2016. Don Sutherland says " Your leech is likely one of the Haemopsis spp." If someone can offer a more definitive ID, please email: jeaniron2 at hotmail.com  


Please see Video of Leech feeding off the bottom. It looked like the kelp.


On our survey to the Tip of Longridge on 11 August 2016, Barb and I saw the beached Beluga (White Whale). It was well scavenged. The banding crew originally found it on 17 July, the day before they startled a Polar Bear on main ridge at the end of the trees near the kelp wrack. The Polar Bear swam away towards the tip of Longridge and it appeared headed for the carcass, but didn't go there and wasn't seen again.


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