May 2nd – Spring At Last

I thought that Canada Goose nesting attempts would have been wiped out by flooding and cold, wet weather but…evidently not. -KMP

There must have been a large movement of birds during the night as the Park suddenly came alive. Overall we encountered 69 species on the grounds including 9 species of warblers and 7 species of sparrows. We recorded 9 new species for the year: Lesser Yellowlegs, Chimney Swift, Wood Thrush, Northern Parula, Blackburnian Warbler, Ovenbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Eastern White-crowned Sparrow.

Banded 37:

Female (no moustache) Northern Flicker. -KMP

1 Northern Flicker
5 Ruby-crowned Kinglets

Male and female Blue-grey Gnatcatchers; The male is the one with the black “eyebrows”. -NRF

2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
2 Gray Catbirds
1 Myrtle Warbler
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Lincoln’s Sparrow -NRF

1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
3 Swamp Sparrows

White-throated Sparrow. -KMP

12 White-throated Sparrows
1 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
3 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
4 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 69 spp.

Eastern White-crowned Sparrow -CAJ

Swamp Sparrow – note the rufous wing panels. -KMP

One of those lovely early Spring morning when the White-throated Sparrows are calling along the edges when you’re opening nets. -KMP

An “older” (i.e., ASY) male American Goldfinch. -KMP

Male Yellow Warbler banded last Spring. -CAJ

Canada Geese not long out of the shell. -KMP

Lincoln’s Sparrow. Note the buffy chest with fine speckling. -CAJ

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak – all the way from Central America or even Colombia. =KMP

The Purple Martin colony has grown to 10 birds. -KMP


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