This morning was heavily overcast, but the sun managed to peek out for a few minutes. The creek that runs through the valley was bursting with run off from the past 2 days of rain. The muddy clay paths were very slippery, especially on the slopes! It got quite windy by mid-morning, really billowing the nets.
There were 4 Pine Warblers on census, a species that we don’t get many of at Ruthven Park. One was a male with bright yellow breast; the other 3 were quite “washed out” – probably females.The first House Wrens have returned. They will be fighting it out with the TRES’s and EABL’s for nest boxes. (The HOWR’s usually win!)
WTSP’s and RCKI’s were moving through the park. All the RCKI had good fat loads,(scores of 3, 4, and 5, some weighing as much as 7.3 g!!) and all were male.
Banded 31 as follows: 1 HAWO,(with a brood patch) 1 BCCH, 10 RCKI, 1 BGGN, 1 AMRO, 1 CHSP, 2 FISP, 9 WTSP, 2 RWBL, and 3 AMGO.
Retrapped 13: 1 DOWO, 1 BCCH, 1 WBNU, 1 RCKI, 3 CHSP, 2 WTSP, 1 RWBL, 1 BHCO, 2 AMGO.
On the way in a WPWI was calling. As it became light the woods were full of calling WTSP. As often is the case when the WTSP are calling in mass the number ending up in the nets is very few. Today was no exception.
We did end up with a decent day including a couple of goodies.
Banded: BLJA 1, WIWR 1, RCKI 7, HETH 2, AMRO 5, MYWA 1, PIWA 2, WPWA 1, WTSP 2, SCJU 1, BHCO 1 = 24