April 21st – Drying Up?

A first for Ruthven’s records: Horned Grebe in striking breeding plumage. -MMG

It was nice to have a day with almost no precipitation – just a little patchy light drizzle every now and again. Things picked up at Ruthven with more birds around, not huge numbers but certainly more, including 2 new species for the year: Purple Finch and Horned Grebe (this latter species was the first one recorded at Ruthven since we started).

As well as birds we had lots of really good baked goods and Irene Fotheringham, bless her heart, dropped off not just sweets but a large new set of home-made bird bags!

Banded 31:

One of several Tufted Titmice encountered around the grounds. -ELO

1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Black-capped Chickadee

Feisty little Winter Wren. -JET

1 Winter Wren
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets

Female Eastern Bluebird. -ELO

1 Eastern Bluebird

Chipping Sparrow -ELO

1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
2 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 Brown-headed Cowbird

First Purple Finch of the year – an adult male. -ELO

1 Purple Finch
14 American Goldfinches

An American Goldfinch about to take flight. -ELO

ET’s: 46 spp.

Alyssa with her first banded bird – an American Goldfinch. -ABC

There’s a beaver around! Hopefully it will clear some of the walnuts out of the flats. -ELO

A somewhat nice day and the dragonflies come out. -ELO

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker. -JET

Horned Grebe -MMG

Horned Grebe -MMG

Swamp Sparrow. -JET


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