May 11th – Warbler Time

Eastern White-crowned Sparrow. -DW

It’s that almost magical time of the year when the long-distance migrant warblers work their way through southern Ontario. Twenty-five percent of the birds we banded today were warblers and we saw 13 species in the course of the morning. A great way to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day.

Retrapped male Orchard Oriole. It was banded by Jeff MacLeod in May 2014. As it was in at least its third year at that time, it would be 7 years old….or more…at the time of the retrap. -NRF

Banded 55:
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Least Flycatcher
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Wood Thrush
1 American Robin
3 Gray Catbirds
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
5 Yellow Warblers
1 Myrtle Warbler
2 Black & White Warblers
2 Ovenbirds
2 Common Yellowthroats
7 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

ASY male Indigo Bunting. -MAS

1 Indigo Bunting
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrows
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
10 Baltimore Oriole
3 Orchard Oriole
3 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 70 spp.

Liam releasing one of 10 Baltimore Orioles we banded today. -AT

Chestnut-sided Warbler. -DW

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird -AT

Nashville Warbler -DW


[Ben Oldfield has set up a small banding station in Lowville which he runs when he’s not working. As you can see, he can be pretty effective.]
Yesterday I was able to band for an hour with just a few nets. The weather kept birds low and in numbers. Below are some of the warblers I banded:

ASY male American Redstart. -BGO

Male Black & White Warbler -BGO

Male Bay-breasted Warbler -BGO

ASY male Black-throated Blue Warbler -BGO

Male Black-throated Green Warbler -BGO

Nashville Warbler -BGO

Ovenbird. -BGO

Western Palm Warbler. -BGO

Ben Oldfield

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