April 22nd – Weekend Update

Pileated Woodpecker – an uncommon sighting. -R. Camasta

I’ll tell you: if I have to struggle to coax frosted nets up icy, slippery-slick net poles one more time I’m gonna scream. Two gorgeous early mornings but cold with little bird movement until the sun was well clear of the horizon and heating things up….and bringing out the midges. And then we were catching nothing to get excited about; just the same old stuff. Oh for a “new” migrant to spice things up.

For comparison: Chipping Sparrow (left); American Tree Sparrow (right).

April 21st; Banded 38:
1 Mourning Dove
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 American Robin
1 European Starling
2 American Tree Sparrows
2 Chipping Sparrows
2 Song Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
8 Dark-eyed Juncos
1 Red-winged Blackbird
6 Brown-headed Cowbirds
10 American Goldfinches

ET’s: ??

April 22nd; Banded 36:
1 Tree Swallow
1 Blue Jay
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 American Robin
2 Field Sparrows
6 Song Sparrows
2 Swamp Sparrows
3 Dark-eyed Juncos
2 Red-winged Blackbirds
8 Brown-headed Cowbirds
9 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 47 spp.

Photo Gallery:

Black-capped Chickadees checking out a Wood Duck nesting box…..delusions of grandeur? -R. Camasta

White-tailed Deer are common in the woods, especially along the Fox Den Trail. -R. Camasta

Chipping Sparrows have just returned. -R. Camasta

An animal after my own heart. A racoon soaks up the late morning sun. -R. Camasta

A Common Merganser and Canada Goose get together to talk over the nasty weather we’ve been getting. -R. Camasta


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