May 27th – A Slow Day

An exciting returnee: this female Ruby-throated Hummingbird was banded on August 24, 2017 by Alessandra Wilcox (under Nancy’s tutelage) and was recovered today in Net 1 right beside the lab.

When the first net round of the day – the one that is usually the most exciting – yields only 1 bird you know that you are in for a slow day. And we were. There didn’t seem to be any migrants – just birds that were likely to breed locally. The next 4 days might bring a few more latecomers but the main movement is done.

Josh Robertson demonstrating some of his equipment for the Young Women in Science group. -N. Campbell

Josh Robertson explaining his research to some future scientists. -N. Campbell

Banded 13:
2 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers

A late migrant: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. -MMG

1 Traill’s flycatcher
1 Gray Catbird
3 Cedar Waxwings
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler
2 Chipping Sparrows
1 Song Sparrow
1 Red-winged Blackbird

ET’s: 57 spp.

Inspired by the visiting group of Young Women in Science, our own resident women scientists conducted an experiment of their own – finding the optimum scoop size of hummus per chip. I think the jury is still out on this one…..funding for more study is urgently needed. -DOL

This male Eastern Bluebird has been quite successful in holding onto this nest box despite harassment by Tree Swallows. The bluebird pair has 5 young. -KMP

The two young robins from the gazebo nest that we banded are continuing to do well, despite the big wedding reception last night. -KMP

ASY male Orchard Oriole. -KMP

Male bluebird in a sycamore. -KMP


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