July 4th – Mad Dogs and……..

Three rambunctious juvenile Tufted Titmice. -AR

The nice thing about Summer banding is that it’s not regimented, you can take your time, set a more relaxed schedule, even sleep in a little. But Alexis evidently is not like that and she and her Dad arrived a full half hour before me and were just about to leave when I pulled into the laneway. It’s a good thing they stayed because we saw some neat thing both birds and insects. After they left and I had closed the nets I decided that it would be good to clear the net lanes in the heat of the day. I’m not sure what I was thinking.

Stumpy, a female Downy Woodpecker, is in her third year. -DOL

Occasionally we catch birds with part of a leg missing. Invariably we call them “Stumpy”. It’s impossible to say why the leg is missing – probably some sort of attack involving a close call. But I’m always curious to see how these birds make out so I band them to see if we’ll catch them again, and often we do. This particular “Stumpy” is a female Downy Woodpecker; it is in its third year; and it has a receding brood patch which suggests that she nested – possibly successfully. The bird appeared to be in good health; the only noticeable thing was that her weight was about 4 grams less than you would expect. Some of this was probably due to the rigours of raising and fledging a brood but the important thing was that she was surviving.

Banded 21: (16 or 76% were juveniles)
1 Downy Woodpecker
3 Tufted Titmice
3 Black-capped Chickadees
1 House Wren
2 Yellow Warblers
2 Field Sparrows
5 Song Sparrows
1 Common Grackle
1 Baltimore Oriole
2 Orchard Oriole

ET’s: 37 spp. (no census)

Insect Corner:

Two Four-toothed Mason Wasps (Monobia quadridens) “frolicking” on the banding lab’s doorframe – have they no shame!? -DOL

Pearly Wood-Nymph – easily overlooked as a bird dropping. -MB

Walnut Caterpillar Moth -MB

Io Moth in the washroom breezeway. -AR


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