August 25th – Slow and Steady

Blue-winged Warblers were a rarity 25 years ago but now are regular breeders at Ruthven. -N. Furber

Yesterday afternoon and evening Southwestern Ontario was under a Tornado Watch alert. Through the night there were severe thunderstorms, with heavy rain and high winds. It was warm and muggy when I opened this morning!

Visiting the banding lab this morning was a group of day-campers that were spending their day at Ruthven. Unfortunately, we only had a few birds to show them. Despite the slow day, the highlight was banding the Veery.

18 Banded

2 Mourning Dove
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 ‘Trail’s’ Flycatcher
3 Least Flycatcher
1 Veery
3 Gray Catbird
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Indigo Bunting
3 Song Sparrow

Veeries breed in the slough forest on Ruthven property. - N. Furber

2 Retrap
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Common Yellowthroat


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