May 19th – The Day We Waited For….Even More

Male Blackburnian Warbler – the crown jewel of warblers?. -DOL

We had something of a fallout during the night. Just after dusk, birds south of Lake Erie got on the move. Sometime during the night (I couldn’t tell you exactly when – I was sleeping) they ran into rain showers which brought them back to earth – and Ruthven was under their descent. The place was alive with migrants all morning! We banded 102 birds of 40 species; we banded 18 species of warblers alone! And for the day we counted 88 species around the site, including a White Pelican that Nancy saw winging its way up the river! Quite a day…..

Banded 102:
1 Northern Flicker
1 Traill’s Flycatcher
1 Least Flycatcher
1 Blue Jay
4 House Wrens
4 Veerys
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
10 Swainson’s Thrushes
1 Hermit Thrush
1 American Robin
4 Gray Catbirds
1 Warbling Vireo
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
2 Blue-winged Warblers
4 Tennessee Warblers
6 Nashville Warblers
2 Orange-crowned Warblers

Male Northern Parula. -DOL

2 Northern Parulas

Dorsal view of the Northern Parula showing the diagnostic green “saddle”. -DOL

2 Cape May Warblers
5 Yellow Warblers
4 Chestnut-sided Warblers
9 Magnolia Warblers
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
2 Western Palm Warblers
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
2 Canada Warblers
1 American Redstart
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Mourning Warbler
5 Common Yellowthroats
1 Wilson’s Warbler
3 Scarlet Tanagers
1 Northern Cardinal
3 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Eastern White-crowned Sparrows
5 Baltimore Orioles
1 Orchard Oriole
3 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 88 spp.

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