May 28th, 29th & 30th – New Beginnings

A Barn Swallow. These marvellous birds are suffering a marked decline worldwide.

A Barn Swallow. These marvellous birds are suffering a marked decline worldwide.


The end is nigh – most of the migrants have gone through. The only true migrants we’ve seen at Ruthven in the last 3 days have been a couple of Blackpoll Warblers and a Gray-cheeked Thrush.

And today we had the last school group of the season. What a mixed blessing these have been! On the one hand you want to turn them on to the beauty and wonder of birds but sometimes the claustrophobic crush of curious children can be a little much. It was nice to be done with them…..

But with the end of this season comes thoughts of the Summer to come and the new adventures I’ll be embarking on: Fort Liard for 3 weeks (leaving Sunday!) and then two seabird jaunts in the North Atlantic in July and August. I’ve never been to the Northwest Territories and one of the cruises will take me to Iceland. New beginnings.

May 28th; Banded 14:
1 Traill’s Flycatcher
2 Great Crested Flycatchers
1 House Wren
1 Gray Catbird
3 Cedar Waxwings
1 Yellow Warbler
1 American Redstart
1 Northern Cardinal
2 Indigo Buntings
1 Red-winged Blackbird

ET’s: 61 spp.

May 29th; Banded 26:
2 Mourning Doves
4 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers
4 Traill’s Flycatchers
1 Blue Jay
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
2 Cedar Waxwings
2 Blue-winged Warblers
1 Yellow Warbler
1 American Redstart
1 Field Sparrow
2 Song Sparrows
1 Baltimore Oriole
2 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 58 spp.

May 30th; Banded 17:
4 Traill’s Flycatchers
1 Barn Swallow
1 House Wren
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
2 Gray Catbirds
2 Cedar Waxwings
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Northern Cardinal
3 Indigo Buntings
1 American Goldfinch

ET’s: 53 spp.

Rick

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