Catching Up ….. September 6th, 7th, and 8th – Hot, Hazy, and Humid!

Three days of oppressive heat with humidity values in the low 40’s. Even though banding totals were low for all three days, I handled a nice variety of warblers. On September 8th, when I was on a net round, I saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk in the one net (Net #6) and I ran hoping to catch it before it ‘bounced’ out. She was quiet – a nice bird to handle and band.

September 6th
Banded 13
1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
2 House Wren
2 Gray Catbird
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
2 Blackpoll Warbler
1 American Redstart
1 Wilson’s Warbler
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 42

September 7th
Banded 10
1 Eastern Wood Pewee
1 Wood Thrush
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Black-throated Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Cape May Warbler

ET’s: 39

September 8th
Banded 23
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Traill’s Flycatcher
1 Swainson’s Thrush
3 Warbling Vireo
1 Philadelphia Vireo
4 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
2 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Black-and-white Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
4 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 43

Nancy

September 3-5, 2016

Here are the updates from September 3 to 5, 2016. Photo gallery to follow! -Jeff MacLeod
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September 3rd – Look Up, Way Up

Early this morning, all of the fields were a site to see. Both large and small spider webs were on display, intricate works of art beautifully spun among all of the different plants. The morning dew glistened on the webs and with the sunrise the fields were spectacular. Very slow for birds banded and bird activity around the park. Clear skies, cool temperatures at opening. By mid-morning, cumulus clouds covered the sky and we started seeing a bit of a raptor flight. It was amazing, in one thermal, there were two Bald Eagles (Juvenile, Adult), two Red-tailed Hawks (Juvenile, Adult), one Sharp-shinned Hawk, one Broad-winged Hawk, four Turkey Vultures, and one Osprey!! When the clouds move in, you never know what you may see and I love looking for those tiny dots of movement way up in the sky. Also, there was a Red breasted Nuthatch feeding next to the station, and Yellow-throated Vireo’s counter-singing beside the banding lab.

Banded 23
1 Mourning Dove
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Eastern Wood Pewee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
1 Warbling Vireo
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Scarlet Tanager
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Song Sparrow
8 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 52

Nancy
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September 4th

After the first net round the banding ground to a halt. The sky was clear and it was quiet around the park. Net checks with no new migrants, a few retraps and mores leaves to pull out.

Banded 27
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Northern Flicker
1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
1 Black-capped Chickadee
2 House Wren
4 Gray Catbird
7 Red-eyed Vireo
4 Nashville Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Song Sparrow
1 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 34

Nancy

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September 5th

A good day with a number of the ‘Baggers’ ( the young people who travel near and far) spending the last day of their summer holidays at Ruthven . There was a group of seven of them working together to complete the job of trimming net lanes and setting up the nets for their banding program. A good day with a great group of volunteers and a nice mix of birds banded.

Banded 31
1 Black-billed Cuckoo
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Downey Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood Pewee
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Swainson’s Thrush
2 Gray Catbird
2 Warbling Vireo
7 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Tenessee Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Magnolia Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
6 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 53

Nancy

September 2nd, 2016

Sorry for the delay in posting this and subsequent blog entries. It seems that Rick is much better at keeping up with the blog than I am! More posts are coming! – Jeff MacLeod
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When I arrived early this morning to open the nets, there was a distinct call from a bird near the mansion. It was a young or fledgling Great Horned Owl making it’s begging call for food. I wanted to follow the sound of its calling to find it’s location but I was on my own, and I couldn’t do that and open the nets. So, I just enjoyed it and wondered where the parents were. The early morning banding started off very slow, with a few birds each net round. By mid-morning, there was an increase in banding activity with a nice mix of flycatchers, warblers, and a new thrush for the season.

A group of ‘Baggers’ made the arduous journey from Waterford to Ruthven Park, leaving the night before at seven o’clock pm and after a long night, they arrived at Ruthven at nine o’clock am this morning. They were exhausted, limping in on sore feet but feeling successful finishing the trip. Unfortunately, Sam wasn’t able to complete the trip.

Banded 32
1 Yellow-shafted Flicker
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Trail’s Flycatcher
1 Blue Jay
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Swainson’s Thrush
1 Gray Catbird
1 Cedar Waxwing
4 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Northern Parula Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Northern Waterthrush
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Song Sparrow
11 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 36

Nancy

Bald Eagle by Bob Fotheringham

Bald Eagle by Bob Fotheringham

Red Breasted Nuthatch by Bob Fotheringham

Red Breasted Nuthatch by Bob Fotheringham

Flicker by Bob Fotheringham

Flicker by Bob Fotheringham

Eastern Wood Pewee by Bob Fotheringham

Eastern Wood Pewee by Bob Fotheringham

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Swainson’s Thrush

Northern Waterthrush by Bob Fotheringham

Northern Waterthrush by Bob Fotheringham

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Ruby throated hummingbird

Ruby throated hummingbird

Very tired people. They were walking all night to reach Ruthven.

Very tired people. They were walking all night to reach Ruthven.

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September 1st – Ready, Set ……. Go!

The fall migration monitoring season has begun at the Ruthven Park Banding Station. The weather was clear and cool when the nets were opened in the dark, under a canopy of stars. The extreme heat and humidity were gone and there was anticipation for the start of a new fall season. It was a super day with a great group of volunteers helping to give our visitors the opportunity to see birds up close and experience hands on participation. The Baggers were busy trimming net lanes and working together setting up nets. I had the Hall hummingbird trap set up near Carol’s garden and with success in catching one, I showed everyone the steps in banding a very tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird!

Banded 23
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wren
1 Veery (a very young Hatch Year bird)
1 Gray Catbird
1 Warbling Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Wilson’s Warbler
1 Baltimore Oriole
7 American Goldfinch

Estimated Total Number of Species: 55

Nancy

Hatch Year Wilson Warbler

Hatch Year Wilson Warbler

A young Veery with a growth on its upper mandible.

A young Veery with a growth on its upper mandible.

Hatch year Veery

Hatch year Veery