May 15th – One of Those Days

U. of Windsor post-grad students Jason and Madison sporting their new HBO chapeaux that they “won” for banding their 1st 100 birds (each). -MAS

You just knew it was going to be one of those days, those memorable days, when the weather is just right and the birds are all around you. Just after opening I sat and watched a magnificent sunrise followed by the antics (and zipping) of a pair of Northern Parulas just above my head at the picnic table and then Common Loons flying north. And it just kept coming. Every net round, it seemed, turned up interesting birds. At one point I stood at the top of net 6 and watched 8 warblers fly into it (including one of my favourites – an Orange-crowned).

Northern Parula -JWC

Last night’s clear skies and gentle southerly winds must have induced many birds to set out with today’s result. Debbie and Laura doing census counted 60 species (the high count so far this year) and overall our species count was 77 – our highest to date. This included 15 species of warblers.

Banded 71:
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers

Least Flycatcher. -MAS

1 Least Flycatcher
3 House Wrens
5 Gray Catbirds
2 Blue-winged Warblers
3 Tennessee Warblers

Nashville Warbler -JWC

6 Nashville Warblers

Orange-crowned Warbler. -MAS

2 Orange-crowned Warblers
7 Yellow Warblers
Male Chestnut-sided Warbler -JWC
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
3 Magnolia Warblers
1 Black & White Warbler
2 Ovenbirds
4 Common Yellowthroats

First (male) Wilson’s Warbler of the year. The black cap looks almost like an ill-fitting toupee. -MAS

1 Wilson’s Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
3 Chipping Sparrows
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
3 Eastern White-crowned Sparrows
1 Red-winged Blackbird
8 Baltimore Orioles (bringing our total to 74!)
1 Orchard Oriole
6 American goldfinches

ET’s: 77 spp.

Male Yellow Warbler; banded in May 2016, hatched in 2015…so 4 years old. -JWC

This Blue-winged Warbler was hatched and banded in 2013 making it 6 years old now. It has returned to Ruthven every year since. -MAS

For comparison: Black & White Warblers – male on the left, female on right. -MAS

For comparison: Tennessee Warbler on left, Orange-crowned on right. -MAS

Banding a male Northern Cardinal. -MAS

Another shot of the Orange-crowned Warbler. -MAS

For comparison: Tennessee Warbler (left), Least Flycatcher (middle), Nashville Warbler (right). -RB

Fern Hill Burlington:

Grade 2’s watching the feeders. -KAP

Busy day around the Field Station, and luckily the thunderstorms held off until the end of the school day. The Orioles have been hitting our feeders, and we’ve been having fun determining which fruits and jelly they prefer. Thus far, grape jelly and orange slices are the biggest hit.

Orchard Oriole at the feeders. -JJC

Today we banded 17:
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Field Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
4 Eastern White-crowned Sparrows
4 Gray Catbirds
2 Baltimore Orioles
1 American Robin
2 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 Mourning Dove

Jessica with a White-crowned Sparrow. -JJC

ET’s: 53 spp.

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