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

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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