May 14th – Turnover

The days you hope for – “warbler days”. From left: Orange-crowned, Chestnut-sided (male), Chestnut-sided (female), Black & White (male), and Magnolia (male). -DOL

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday there were virtually no warblers around other than the local breeders: Blue-winged, Yellow, and Common Yellowthroats and we handled a lot of American Goldfinches but today it was largely warblers! We encountered 12 species. Further, we had 6 new arrivals for the year: Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo (including one we had banded last year), Orange-crowned Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager. And American Goldfinch numbers were down.

May 13th (Mother’s Day); Banded 52:
2 Tree Swallows

Karen with a Tree Swallow. -MMG

1 Tufted Titmouse
2 House Wrens
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5 Gray Catbirds
1 Cedar Waxwing

Male Cedar Waxwings; this species has shown up in just the past few days. -KMP

1 Warbling Vireo
3 Blue-winged Warblers
1 Nashville Warbler
8 Yellow Warblers
4 Common Yellowthroats
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
1 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Baltimore Orioles
17 American Goldfinches
1 House Sparrow

ET’s: 55 spp.

May 14th; Banded 60:
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 House Wren
1 Veery
7 Gray Catbirds
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
10 Yellow Warblers
4 Chestnut-sided Warblers
7 Magnolia Warblers
1 Myrtle Warbler
1 Black & White Warbler
3 American Redstarts
1 Ovenbird
4 Common Yellowthroats
1 Indigo Bunting
2 Song Sparrows
5 Baltimore Orioles
1 Orchard Oriole

Kate with an adult male Orchard Oriole she has just banded. -DOL

8 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 64 spp.

Nancy Furber gathers a crowd of interested on-lookers as she bands a hummingbird. -DOL

Nancy applying the band to a hummingbird. -KMP

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird. -MMG

Somehow this Red Squirrel got into the banding lab and had a hard time finding its way out…… -MMG

This older female (originally banded in 2014) could easily be confused as a male without a good look. -MMG

This Yellow-throated Vireo, rarely caught at Ruthven as it is a bird of the tree-tops, was originally banded last year. -KMP

Mother’s Day helpers. -KMP

Soaring Red-tailed Hawk. -KMP

The female of an Eastern Bluebird pair that has been working hard at trying to carve out a next box from the grasp of the Tree Swallows. -KMP


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