2019  by Joseph Youngman and Phil Quenzi

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Porphyry and Edward Island    Black Bay

In May of 2011, Greg Cleary and Joseph Youngman made the journey to Porphyry and Edward Island in the mouth of Black Bay.   We'd discovered a major fall waterbird pathway moving south past Blake Point at Isle Royale in 2009 and assumed there was an equal northward migration in the spring.  We'd heard from John Woodcock at Thunder Cape Bird Observatory that in the spring, waterbirds came from the east then turned up into Thunder Bay.  We assumed that birds were moving up into Black Bay as well.   Since Black Bay has a clump of islands splitting the bay into two channels we set up two count sites and put one man at each.  One was at the SW tip of Porphyry Island and the second was on the SE corner of Edward Island. The birds were great and the geology and scenery were phenomenal.    Our report is here ----

Our count site at the SW tip of Porphyry Island  with the Sleeping Giant on the horizon

Cool rocks, cold water

More cool rocks

Youngman at Edwards Island count site

Three Common Loons migrating past.

This was a pretty close look!

Cleary paddling to Edward Island from Porphyry

Campsite at Edward Island

The Paps viewed across the Magnet Channel from Edward Island