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.
Photos:

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


Rick

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