May 24th – Picnic!

Picnic!! -RF

As I have tried to impress upon all of you, a banding lab runs on its stomach, much like Napolean’s armies. Many of you have taken this to heart and brought a wide assortment of goodies. Not only does the food fuel our energy reserves but food seems to bring people together and helps generate a warm atmosphere – making the banding lab an even better place to be. Thanks!! Dave Maida decided we were long overdue for a picnic….and he was right. So he advertised he was doing one of his famous fish fries and invited others to jump in: Irene brought an assortment of her splendid baking, Carol came with her famous rhubarb pie (complete with thick meringue), Laura kicked in a wide array of veggies with dip (perfect for the only vegetarian), and so it went. But it was Dave that contributed the lion’s share: fresh fried perch (caught when ice-fishing on Lake Simcoe), venison sausage (from a hunting foray), bacon-wrapped grouse (from another foray), macaroni salad with tuna (that I had caught in the Grand River). What a wonderful time! If you weren’t there….you really missed out. But feel free to start another one. I will readily contribute my appetite.

Lots of great food and interesting conversation among friends. -RF

Fortunately Irene’s “Death by Chocolate” dessert was non-fattening…… -RF

Although the season is winding down we still banded a good number of birds with great variety – 24 species. And for the day we encountered 71 species! Well….maybe 72 if you count the PEACOCK that Dave saw (and got a video of) on the far side of the river while he was doing the census.

Bob Fotheringham sent some pictures to show that orioles aren’t the only species that can be attracted to feeders with grape jelly and oranges slices:

The Fotheringhams got this male Black-throated Blue Warbler at their oriole feeder! -RF

The Fotheringhams also found that the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were interested in the oranges. -RF

Banded 42:
3 Traill’s Flycatchers
1 Eastern Kingbird
1 Blue Jay
1 Wood Thrush
6 Gray Catbirds
1 Philadelphia Vireo
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
3 Yellow Warblers
3 Chestnut-sided Warblers
2 Magnolia Warblers

Two female Blackburnian Warblers showing considerable variability in the intensity of the orange on their breasts. -MAS

2 Blackburnian Warblers
1 Bay-breasted Warbler

Female Canada Warbler. -MAS

2 Canada Warblers
1 Mourning Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
3 Wilson’s Warblers

Indigo Buntings: male on the left, female right. -MAS

2 Indigo Buntings
1 Song Sparrow
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 Baltimore Orioles
2 Orchard Orioles
2 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 71 spp.

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