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.

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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



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.

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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