April 19th, 20th, & 21st – Catching Up

Rainbow - E. Campanelli

It’s been a topsy-turvy 3 days weather-wise with sunny, hot conditions on Thursday and Friday followed by cold, drizzly, raw conditions today. I wasn’t going to open the nets today because of the early rain but, when it pretty-well stopped, I set out the traps and openend a few of the nets – data entry would have to wait for another day.

Funky (but appropriate) new bird bags from Loretta.

Bird numbers have fluctuated with the conditions: 54 species encountered on the 19th, 39 on the 20th and 42 species today. But migrants are certainly on the move with new species showing up (1st Western Palm Warbler on the 19th and White-crowned Sparrows today) and the numbers of migrants increasing; e.g. Chipping Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers seemed to be everywhere today (except in the nets/traps).

A Turkey Vulture warming up in the early morning sunshine. - P. Thoem


Brown Thrasher

Birds banded on the 19th: 23
1 Tree Swallow
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 American Robin
1 Brown Thrasher
3 Chipping Sparrows
2 Red-winged Blackbirds
2 Brown-headed Cowbirds
12 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 54 spp.

Birds banded on the 20th: 26
2 Mourning Doves
1 Winter Wren
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Northern Cardinal
7 White-throated Sparrows
2 Dark-eyed Juncos
3 Red-winged Blackbirds
2 Brown-headed Cowbirds
7 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 39 spp. including a Pileated Woodpecker along the Fox Den Trail

Pileated Woodpecker - rarely seen at Ruthven. - P. Thoem


First White-crowned Sparrow of the year - on its way to Labrador?


Western Palm Warbler.


ASY-Male Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - E. Campanelli

Birds banded on the 21st: 36
1 Downy Woodpecker
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 American Robin
7 Yellow-rumped Warblers
1 Western Palm Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
3 Field Sparrows
1 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
4 White-throated Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
2 Red-winged Blackbirds
2 Brown-headed Cowbirds
6 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 42 spp.

Photo Gallery featuring the work of Ezra Campanelli:

- E. Campanelli


May Apples emerging at the head of the Fox Den Trail. -E. Campanelli


Bird food. - E. Campanelli


Giovanni extracting. - E. Campanelli


Male Ruby-crowned Kinglet - E. Campanelli


Faye on census. - E. Campanelli


Male Yellow-rumped Warbler - E. Campanelli

2 thoughts on “April 19th, 20th, & 21st – Catching Up

  1. Interesting—Halifax seemed to get a wave of migrants on the 21st, too. The first big wave I’ve noticed this year. Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, White-throated Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, etc all seemed to move in overnight.

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