Halidimand Bird Observatory – 2018 Newsletter and AGM on April 28

The Ruthven Banding Lab (also known as the Haldimand Bird Observatory – HBO) is happy to share the 2018 edition of our newsletter, “The Harrier”. Click here to download the newsletter. Within this document, you will find summaries of the 2017 spring and fall migration monitoring seasons, information on Snow Bunting and Northern Saw-whet Owl banding activities, and a bird banding quiz. We hope you enjoy reading about all of the exciting activities the HBO takes part in.

The Haldimand Bird Observatory is a charitable organization that is dependent on donations and memberships to support our banding activities. If you are an occasional or frequent visitor to the banding lab, please consider becoming a member! Click here to download the membership form.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held at Ruthven Park on April 28 and will include banding activities (lab opens at 7:00 am for visitors), a census hike, a pizza lunch available for purchase, our business meeting, and an engaging talk about bird migration by David Brewer. The business meeting and presentation will begin at 1:00 pm. This meeting is also a wonderful time to sign up for a membership if you are interested in doing so; membership forms will be available at the event. Please consider joining us!

Photo Gallery, early September 2016

I’ve received many photos over the past week or so, but haven’t had time to post them until now. See the gallery below. – Jeff MacLeod

September 10 & 11, 2016

September 10th – Rain
It was a mix of sunshine, cloud and intermittent showers for the start of the day. We were able to leave the nets open until mid-morning when the rain came in a heavy downpour. The heavier rain continued so we had to close the nets a little earlier this morning.

Banded 27
1 Downey Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Traill’s Flycatcher
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Veery
1 Warbling Vireo
1 Philadelphia Vireo
3 Red-eyed Vireo
5 Chestnut Warbler
4 Magnolia Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
4 American Redstart
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Northern Cardinal

ET’s: 38

Nancy

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September 11th – Visitors

When a new season starts, it’s always nice to see familiar faces and friends return. The early morning hours were clear, and cool – a welcome relief from a week of heat and humidity. Ten different warbler species this morning, appearing drab in their fall plumage but still with vibrant colors of yellow, green, orange, and blue.

Banded 35
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Swainson’s Thrush
2 Gray Catbird
2 Warbling Vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
4 Magnolia Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
2 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Black-and-White Warbler
3 American Redstart
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Scarlet Tanager
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
7 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 51

Nancy

September 9th – A Box of Chocolates

Early this morning, there was a Sharp-shinned Hawk eluding us, bouncing out of the net on two occasions. On our first net round, the hawk was partially caught in the one net and after running down the net lane and jumping over the guy line I still didn’t catch him (I was on the wrong side of the net). Then, a little while later, I saw the hawk in the net by the banding lab and I ran out again and for the second time the hawk escaped. The nuthatch that he was after was fine. Shortly after this, we saw the hawk perched on the top of the Purple Martin pole. Carol quickly went to Net #2 to extract birds from the net, and the hawk watched her the whole time, never flying away.
While I was away on census, Carol was busy extracting birds and keeping an eye out for the Sharp-shinned Hawk. When I returned, she said she had a nice assortment of birds hanging up in bags in the banding lab – just like an assorted box of chocolates. There was a mix of warblers, flycatchers, and thrushes in the mix. By this time, it was quite warm, and it was very slow until closing.

Banded 20
1 Downey Woodpecker
2 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
1 Veery
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
1 Swainson’s Thrush
2 Gray Catbird
1 Warbling Vireo
1 Philadelphia Vireo
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Magnolia Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
3 Blackpoll Warbler
1 American Redstart
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Wilson’s Warbler

ET’s:46

Nancy